Pick 30 (Round 1): Alex Leatherwood Alabama OL
Sorry, folks. Najee Harris and Travis Etienne aren’t making it past pick 25, and Brandon Beane isn’t going to trade up for a running back. What he can do is sit back and wait for a talent that can flip between guard and tackle and help tremendously in the run and pass game.
Cody Ford was projected to be this kind of player, started out at right tackle and moved to right guard. Leatherwood has experience playing both positions. This pick makes sense knowing Daryl Williams and Jon Feliciano are free agents this year. We should expect Feliciano back next year but Williams’s price tag increased ever so slightly, leaving many wondering if the Bills can match what he wants.
Drafting a kid who’s 6’5: 312 pounds who played primarily left tackle at a school like Alabama isn’t a bad idea. Leatherwood should slide into the right tackle spot immediately, becoming a cheaper option with a higher ceiling. If that doesn’t work out moving him inside to right guard should become the next move using Cody Ford as trade bait if he doesn’t pan out.
Leatherwood is a mauler in the trenches when it comes to the run game. No, he isn’t the sexiest pick in the draft, but he completely embarrasses other players with his strength.