Pick 30 (Round 1): Wyatt Davis, OG – Ohio State
With the 30th pick in the first edition of the Buffalo Fanatics mock draft, I selected Wyatt Davis, OG from Ohio State University. Making a pick this early in the process is tough because we have no idea what this roster will look like by April.
GM Brandon Beane has some work to do in re-tooling this roster to be able to take the next step. Before any of that happens, he needs to decide which free agents Buffalo would like to re-sign and bring back as their Super Bowl window is officially open.
On the offensive line, there are so many questions. As of now, the only lock is LT Dion Dawkins, who signed a well deserved extension last offseason. The interior of the line was a turnstile during the 2020 season seeing Ike Boettger, Cody Ford, Jon Feliciano, Mitch Morse and Brian Winters all start at some point.
While Mitch Morse seemed to be a lock as the team’s Center for the future after signing prior to the 2019 season, he was surprisingly benched in Arizona, and his status was questioned by coach McDermott. There have been some thoughts that he could end up being a cap casualty this offseason.
Jon Feliciano is a free agent, so there’s a chance he won’t be back at all. I hope to see Mongo back, as he is physical, has a great mentality, and is a leader. He is the type of guy you want on your offensive line. Cody Ford struggled at RT and wasn’t great at LG either before ending up on season-ending IR with multiple injuries. Ike Boettger is a restricted free agent and played well at times, but his spot could absolutely be upgraded.
Brian Winters was a disappointment, and there is no reason for him to be back on the roster for 2021. Darryl Williams was a pleasant surprise this season after coming over from Carolina (Surprise!) in the offseason after a disappointing season with the Panthers. Williams played well and held down the RT spot all season. However, he is a free agent and may have played well enough to price himself out of Buffalo.
The possibility of some major shuffling on the line in addition to their underwhelming performance (below average run blocking and decent pass blocking) this season led to me picking Davis here.
At this moment, my gut tells me that Morse will be a cap casualty this offseason, as I can see the team opting to re-sign Feliciano and start him at center full time. There is also a possibility that if Darryl Williams walks, they move Ford back to RT, and keep Morse. Either way, an addition of a guy like Davis would be huge.
Wyatt Davis is 6’4 and 315 lbs with long arms who has a very physical mentality and thrives on mauling interior defensive linemen. He helped anchor a stout Ohio State offensive line that went to the National Championship.
Over the past two seasons, he has helped pave the way for outstanding RB’s like JK Dobbins and Trey Sermon. Davis is mobile and versatile enough to play in a zone or man blocking scheme, but he really excels as a run blocker. He does need to improve as a pass blocker, but he showed the ability to hold his own in some 1-on-1 pass blocking situations over the past couple of seasons.
He is a two-time All-American and was named the 2020 Big Ten offensive linemen of the year. While this is not a sexy pick like adding another weapon to Allen’s arsenal, you can solidify your RG position for the next decade with the selection of Wyatt Davis. A great offensive line can do wonders for a football team, and protecting your franchise QB should always be a priority. OGs don’t tend to get drafted high in the first round unless they are Quenton Nelson, so Davis should be available at 30. If he’s there, Beane should take him.”