First Round picks in the NFL Draft are extremely vital building blocks for any team’s future, while they will not set a franchise back up to five years, unlike the previous rookie wage scale; it still hurts when a team misses. The Buffalo Bills in 2019 have been a combination of being extremely tight-lipped with whom they are considering with pick nine and filling the majority of positional needs during the off-season so far by signing eighteen free agents.
The first name that pops into a great deal of Bills fans is Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver out of the University of Houston. Oliver has a tremendous motor that seemingly doesn’t quit and was likely playing out of position in college as he was often playing Nose Tackle which is extremely impressive considering he played most of his career at 275 pounds, most nose tackles are over 320 pounds and just clog up the middle of the team’s offensive line; Oliver had 13.5 sacks and 53 tackles for loss in three seasons for the Cougars. Despite taking Harrison Phillips in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Ed Oliver would be an instant replacement for now retired and Bills legend Kyle Williams in the first round.
Another Defensive Tackle the Bills could be looking at is Quinnen Williams, although the team would have to move up from pick nine to draft him as he is considered one of the best defensive prospects in this year’s class of a defensive heavy draft class. He seemingly does everything well as an interior defensive lineman. Despite being only a one year starter, he has been behind two fellow first round selections in Da’Ron Payne and Jonathan Allen both of whom coincidently went to the Washington Redskins in consecutive drafts.
Moving to the other side of the trenches, and despite signing six offensive lineman this off-season; Jawaan Taylor out of the University of Florida who is an absolute monster. Taylor stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 312 pounds, and has a noted mean streak. He would be slotted in at Right Tackle despite signing another giant tackle in Ty Nsekhe.
Another way they could go is a sheer luxury pick with either Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson both are Tight Ends who played at the University of Iowa. Both of these guys are nearly 6-foot-5 and weigh 250 pounds whom are supreme athletes. Hockenson might be graded a bit higher just due to his excellent blocking abilities as well. Both of these guys would create match up problems and provide another target for second year tight end Josh Allen. Buffalo has had some success with Iowa tight ends with having Scott Chandler from 2010-2014 whom had 182 catches for 2,120 yards with seventeen touchdowns.
All and all, these are just four choices the Buffalo Bills have in the first round; however there are more options the team is likely considering, even more so if the team moves back and obtains more picks in 2019 and/or beyond.