Draft season is the best season. That’s just a fact, Jack. With the free agency rush over and Beane now out and about visiting prospects and pro days, it kinda gives us fans an idea of what he has in mind.
Beane’s a wizard when it comes to filling holes through free agency and compiling talent through the draft. What he’s done so far has allowed him to draft the best player available at any position he wants.
Does this mean Beane will draft seven wide receivers? Probably not, but it gives him the freedom not to reach on a certain player and to be patient.
Round two starts today!
- Round One (Pick 30): Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL – USC
Round Two (Pick 61): Brevin Jordan, TE – Miami
I’ve fallen in love with a lot of the players on this Miami team and Jordan is no exception. He’s the best of both worlds when you think TE. He’s a willing blocker and an excellent pass catcher. Whether he’s in the slot or on the outside Jordan does some damage.
Developing TEs are tricky though. It normally takes about three years to get accustomed to the NFL. Grabbing Brevin Jordan in the second and going into the season with Knox, Hollister, and Jordan is an absolutely wild and awesome TE room.
- Round One (Pick 30): Any Edge Rusher
Round Two (Pick 61): Any CB
Again, I am one of THOSE guys. Just give me a CB that can compete with Levi Wallace and Dane Jackson. Unless a player like Patrick Surtain, Greg Newsome, or Jaycee Horn falls down in the first round, I am still taking an edge rusher all day long. Now, can we trade up in the second round to get a CB? 100%! There are a few that I like.
First is Georgia stud Erick Stokes, a man coverage outside CB. He reminds me a little bit of Richard Sherman. Another guy I like is Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr., who the Bills saw at his pro day. Lastly, I also like Kentucky boundary CB, Kelvin Joseph. Give me one of those three in the second round to compete with Wallace and Jackson and we will have some good depth that can, hopefully, allow the defensive line to get some coverage sacks.
- Round One (Pick 30): Trade #30 & #236 to LA Chargers for #47 & #77
Round Two (Pick 47 via LAC): Joseph Ossai, Edge – Texas
You’re probably thinking: The Bills are not going to draft a defensive lineman with their first pick three straight years. Well, they still need a long-term answer at the position opposite A.J. Epenesa. Darryl Johnson, Brian Cox Jr., and Mike Love have shown flashes, but nothing concrete to inspire confidence. Meanwhile, Efe Obada, the most decorated of Buffalo’s backup edge rushers, is 28 years old and not guaranteed to be here a year from now. Joseph Ossai has all the tools to be a great edge rusher and a nose for finding the football. He can both immediately contribute and refine his skills in McDermott’s DE rotation.
Round Two (Pick 61): Hamsah Nasirildeen, S/LB – Florida State
The only things that have changed for me since my last second-round mock are:
- Matt Milano is back.
- New England shelled out $87.5 million, nearly twice the national GDP of Tuvalu, for Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
- The pick number. (The Bills are officially picking 61st overall in the second round.)
Hamsah Nasirildeen would still be a great fit for Buffalo’s defense as a Big/Buffalo Nickel (or Thicc Dime) defender. He can be useful in run support and covering RBs and WRs. But his main selling point is covering TEs. Considering the Bills will need to defend the aforementioned Smith and Henry, plus Mike Gesicki twice in 2021 and take on Travis Kelce and Gronk at least once, they will need as much help as they can get. Now, repeat after me: “Hamsah Nasirildeen no matter what”.
- Round One (Pick 30): Kwity Paye, Edge – Michigan
Round Two (Pick 61): Hamsah Nasirildeen, S – Florida State
My second-round pick is Hamsah Nasirildeen. Due to the influx of talented TEs in New England, the 2 TE sets will be back in Foxborough. Beane foreshadowed that in a recent press conference. Hamsah is a versatile Swiss Army knife the Bills are lacking. He will be able to match up with TEs, play in the box, and be a potential successor for Hyde or Poyer.
Don’t forget, we will also need his services for the likes of Kelce and (potentially) Kyle Pitts. Hamsah missed the beginning of the 2020 season for an ACL reconstruction that ended his 2019 season. The bright side is he will be two years removed and should be over the injury completely.
- Round One (Pick 30): Jaelan Phillips, Edge – Miami
Round Two (Pick 61): Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB – Syracuse
Coming in at pick #61, I have Brandon Beane going with Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, five selections after his older brother Obi in 2017. Ifeatu is a tall and slim corner who’s got excellent size and has played good ball for Dino Barbers the past four seasons. He excels in zone coverage and has improved steadily season after season. He’ll most likely fit as an outside corner opposite of Tre’Davious White for years to come.
CB has been a need for the Bills for the past few seasons. While Tre White may be a true #1 corner, unfortunately, we cannot say the same about Levi Wallace at CB2. While he’s back for the 2021 season, his job is not a lock. And as much as we love Dane Jackson, he still has a lot of work to do if he wants the starting role.
- Round One (Pick 30): Trade #30 to Bengals for #38 & #111
Round Two (Pick 38 via CIN): Eric Stokes, CB – Georgia
To recap, I sent the 30th overall pick to the Bengals, picking up picks 38 (used to select Georgia CB Eric Stokes) and 111 (fourth round).
Round Two (Pick 61): Landon Dickerson, G/C – Alabama
With Buffalo’s original second-round pick, 61st overall, I selected OL Landon Dickerson from Alabama. I had a couple of reasons here with this pick. Firstly, he was the best player available on the board. (It is always a great strategy to draft BPA instead of reaching for need.) Secondly, the value of the pick is tremendous. He is the 47th overall ranked prospect on The Draft Network’s Big Board, so getting him at 61 was too good of value to pass up.
Dickerson doesn’t technically fill an immediate need. However, last year, the Bills didn’t play a single game with all five of their starting linemen (Dion Dawkins, Cody Ford, Mitch Morse, Jon Feliciano, and Darryl Williams). Injuries were a key factor with Ford and Morse each missing a large chunk of the season and Morse missing almost 2 full games with his concussion. If the Bills find themselves with a similar misfortune next season, Dickerson could step in and play right away at either C/G.
Dickerson is 22 years old and measures 6’6″ and 326 lbs. He is versatile and can play in either a man blocking or zone blocking scheme, which could improve the Bills’ run game and play calling.
Another thing that is important to note is Buffalo’s current contracts. The Bills can get out of Jon Feliciano’s three-year deal after the 2021 season with minimal dead cap. With two years left on his rookie deal, Cody Ford hasn’t shown the ability to stay on the field let alone dominate. Should he fail to improve in year three, they may move on. Mitch Morse is a great player when he is on the field. However, Morse could be looking at retirement should he suffer another concussion.
Dickerson is a great player who has the ability to anchor the OL for a decade. Snagging him at 61st overall was a pleasant surprise.