The order of the NFL draft is essentially set, and draft season is officially upon us. Free agency will shortly follow. There’s going to be a million takes about countless different players, and reasons as to why the Bills should draft/sign those players. If you want any chance of retaining useful information, you have to understand the deficiencies that are constraining the roster.
Offensive Line: As many Bills fans know, the OL was a massive problem. Josh Allen rarely had enough time, and the line consistently lost battles in the run game. Dion Dawkins is the only obvious piece worth keeping and his status as LT of the future is questionable. Fortunately, he has experience at other positions on the line and can be easily shifted. Additionally, Wyatt Teller did show some potential at the end of the season as a hulking interior presence. Yet, if this team wants to win, they need to surround Josh Allen with some hogmollies up front. Replacing four out of the five positions on the line is not out of the question.
Pass Catchers: A common theme here is surrounding Allen with talent. The pass catching core is filled with second and third wide receivers. This unit is lacking an athletic freak on the boundaries to take the pressure off the secondary receivers. Zay Jones and Robert Foster look like foundational pieces, but behind them the cupboard is bare. Charles Clay is on his way out, Jason Croom needs to take significant steps towards being consistent, and Isaiah McKenzie might develop into a primary slot guy.
Pass Rush/Defensive Line: With Kyle Williams gone and Lorenzo Alexander staring father time in the eyes, the pass rush is in need of replenishing. Shaq Lawson had a solid break out year, but paying him is most likely going to be expensive. Star Lotulelei and Trent Murphy vastly underperformed in regard to their pricey contracts. Jerry Hughes is the sole consistent and productive cog left on the DL heading into the 2019 season.
Running Back: Shady McCoy may be on his last legs, and I question if an aging running back with a big contract is worth keeping. Yet, Beane has been adamant about his role with the team. I absolutely LOVE Shady, but his time in Buffalo seems to be ending. However, finding a RB on the cheap is easier than ever (see: Phillip Lindsay, Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara, etc.). With a surplus of middle round picks, one could very well be devoted to the position.
Cornerback: Recent social media speculation surfacing about Tre’davious White’s interest in returning to Buffalo is troubling (what is it with stud CBs wanting out of Buffalo?). If he leaves, this becomes a main concern for the Bills. For the time being though, Taron Johnson looks like a lock in the slot and Ryan Lewis is a nice depth piece. A second starter across from White could make a great secondary dominant.