Buffalo Bills 7-round mock draft 2020: Trade up lands defensive playmaker in 3rd – syracuse.com

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The Buffalo Bills currently have seven selections in next month’s NFL Draft and the real question should be how they’re going to roster seven rookies after all the moves they made the past month in free agency.

The only real needs remaining is at running back. But with starter Devin Singletary and depth piece T.J. Yeldon coming back in 2020, it’s hard to argue that it’s a pressing need. Many Bills Mafia faithful want the best back on the board with the Bills’ first pick but the value is higher later in the draft.

So far in free agency the Bills have traded for elite receiver Stefon Diggs, re-signed Quinton Spain and Dean Marlowe, and signed free agents Mario Addison, Vernon Butler, Quinton Jefferson, A.J. Klein, Josh Norman, Tyler Matakevich, E.J. Gaines and Daryl Williams.

After all the additions the Bills can truly go best player available on April 24 when they’re picking in the 54th spot in the second round. Here is a seven-round mock with a twist as the Bills trade up in the third round to get an expected target of interest.

Pick No. 54: Curtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise State

Year: Junior

Measurement: 6-foot-2, 265 pounds

When it comes to pressuring the quarterback only one player in college football did it more consistently the last two seasons than Boise State edge rusher Curtis Weaver. The Bills added in bulk along their defensive line in free agency but their top three edge defenders are all over 30 years old. Weaver is a player that come in and rush on a low snap count and potentially make a big first-year impact on a defensive line that’s been restocked after losing Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips in free agency. In this scenario, the top three running backs (D’Andre Swift, Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins) are off the board. The Bills could go cornerback here and Ohio State’s Damon Arnette and Mississippi State’s Cameron Danzler are certainly in play. But the drop off at the edge position past Weaver is steeper than the cornerback spot. So Weaver, who posted 34 sacks in three seasons, is the pick.

*TRADE* Pick No. 80 (from Las Vegas): Kyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-Rhyne

Year: Senior

Measurements: 6-foot-1, 217 pounds

The Bills move up six spots to get Dugger, sending No. 86 overall and No. 167 (fifth round) to Oakland in exchange for the No. 80 selection. The truth is Dugger might not make it to 80 but he does in enough mock drafts to make this a plausible place to land him. The Bills promoted Jimmy Salgado from defensive assistant to nickel defensive backs coach. He’ll get a versatile playmaker in Dugger, who can play the traditional safety role, line up at the slot cornerback spot when the Bills want to play big nickel and maybe even play some strong side linebacker.

Pick No. 128: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

Year: Senior

Measurements: 6-foot-3, 212 pounds

Whenever you see multiple knee injuries for a skill position player it’s certainly a red flag. But Edwards’ upside combined with the value of this spot make it a slam dunk for the Bills. Edwards’ physicality and size make him a unique piece for the Bills, who currently have smaller, speedier players at the position. Edwards would be a Day 1 or 2 pick if not for the injury concerns. A foot injury in training stopped him from testing at the NFL Scouting Combine. If Edwards isn’t on the board at 128 the Bills may look at Appalachian State running back Darrynton Evans.

Pick No. 188: A.J. Dillon, RB, Boston College

Year: Junior

Measurements: 6-foot, 247 pounds

Depending on which mock draft you look at, Dillon is going anywhere from late second round to all the way in the sixth round. He’s probably not here in all honestly but he’d be a prime player for the Bills to look at trading back into the fifth round to get him. Dillon’s 4.53 40-yard dash at nearly 250 pounds was jaw-dropping in Indy. He has the physical, brutalizing run style that could pair perfectly with Singletary in Buffalo.

Pick No. 207: James Lynch, DT, Baylor

Year: Junior

Measurements: 6-foot-, 289 pounds

Lynch is another prospect with a wide range of where h’es going when it comes to mock drafts around the Internet. He was the Big 12 Player of the Year after recording 19.5 tackles for a loss and 13.5 sacks last seasons. He has some position mobility and the value is exceptional at this spot.

Pick No. 239: Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa

Year: r-Senior

Measurements: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds

The Bills signed veteran E.J. Gaines late last week to solidify things at the cornerback position ahead of the draft. They’ll likely look for premium value when addressing the position in the draft and that’s what Robinson is here. He ran an impressive 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine, flashed some strength with 22 bench reps and posted four interceptions last season with 13 pass breakups.

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