Brandon Beane has done an outstanding job of addressing the Buffalo Bills’ biggest needs ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The team lost Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips in free agency, but the duo was replaced with Mario Addison, Quinton Jefferson and Vernon Butler.
Buffalo’s GM replaced the recently retired Lorenzo Alexander by signing A.J. Klein. Alexander’s presence on special teams was addressed by the additions of Taiwan Jones and Tyler Matakevich.
The No. 2 cornerback job will also be up for grabs between the likes of Levi Wallace, Josh Norman and E.J. Gaines.
And, of course, Beane’s biggest move was adding Stefon Diggs via trade.
Add it up and the Bills don’t have many glaring needs entering the 2020 draft. That will allow Beane and company to select the best players available on day two of the draft.
Following Matt Parrino’s list of 10 realistic targets for the Bills in Round 2, here is a look at 10 possible targets for the Bills at pick 86.
Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool, South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards, Florida WR Van Jefferson
Despite adding Diggs, the Bills would be foolish not to select a wide receiver in the middle rounds of this year’s draft class.
In the third round, three targets for the Bills are Chase Claypool, Bryan Edwards and K.J. Hill.
Claypool is the most intriguing among the potential targets due to his size (6-feet-4-inches), speed (4.42 40-yard dash) and leaping ability (40.5 inch vertical). He also plays with physicality.
Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool really does have a near-circle spider chart pic.twitter.com/utEIWlgme2
— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) February 29, 2020
He would potentially replace Duke Williams and give Josh Allen another weapon at receiver.
South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards was not able to perform at the 2020 NFL Combine after suffering a broken foot during his training. Edwards’ injury could allow him to fall into Buffalo’s lap at pick 86. Much like Claypool, Edwards would bring additional size (6-feet-3-inches) and physicality to Buffalo’s offense. Edwards laid out his accolades with South Carolina.
- All Time Leader in Rec.
- All Time Leaders in Rec Yards.
- 2nd All time in Rec TD’s.
- Most consecutive games w a catch.
- Started 12 games as a 17yo True Freshmen.
- Missed 3 Games in 4 years. pic.twitter.com/75te7XTSdv
— Bryan Edwards (@B__ED89) March 22, 2020
Florida’s Van Jefferson would be another interesting target based on the Bills’ current top-3 receivers. Much like Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley, Jefferson is an outstanding route runner.
Van Jefferson just took that poor DBs soul pic.twitter.com/wAsLF5nIaf
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) November 24, 2018
In addition to his route running, Jefferson was reliable in terms of hauling in targets. He projects best as a slot receiver in the NFL and learn plenty from Beasley.
Zack Moss, RB, Utah
Buffalo has not signed a running back to potentially pair with Devin Singletary. A signing could still occur, but the draft may be where the Bills find Singletary’s complement. In Round 3, one name ot watch is Utah’s Zack Moss.
Moss averaged six yards or more in the past two seasons while rushing for 26 touchdowns in 22 games. Whereas Singletary can make you miss in a phone booth, Moss is a violent runner.
Zack Moss looking like Marshawn Lynch 🚚
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) September 7, 2019
Here’s how NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein describes the back.
“Watching Moss’ game tape is like watching an exercise in controlled violence on just about every carry, but his vision, balance, patience and wiggle are additional skills that help to make him a well-rounded runner. There is some wear and tear that could lend additional importance to his medicals and he may need to become more discerning with his physical challenges if he wants to see a second contract. He is a great fit for gap and inside zone-heavy rushing attacks and could become an effective, instant starter.”
Ben Bartch, OT, St. Johns
Buffalo may not need to select an offensive tackle with their first two picks. The team has Cody Ford, Ty Nsekhe and possibly Daryl Williams competing for the right tackle spot. Williams, of course, can play inside as well. That being said, Bartch looks like a potential day-two steal in this year’s draft class. Bartch moves very well for an offensive tackle and held his own at the Senior Bowl.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick is also a fan of Bartch’s game.
this young man is going to be gooood. His background story is exceptional and his natural skills are too obvious. OL coaches will be all this project..
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) March 26, 2020
Buffalo would not have to rush Bartch onto the field in 2020, but he could end up being a long-term answer at tackle. Bartch is also well-known for his smoothie concoction.
Grits. Bananas. Peanut Butter. Scrambled eggs. Gatorade. This smoothie helped Ben Bartch gain 60 pounds at the NFL Combine 🥴
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 1, 2020
Washington TE Hunter Bryant
Buffalo has two young tight ends with promise in Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney, but if the Bills are looking to add another potential weapon, Hunter Bryant is an interesting option. Bryant is an athletic tight end that has drawn comparisons to Jordan Reed which is quite the compliment. Reed has looked like a top-5 tight end in the NFL at times, but injuries have hampered his NFL career.
Washington TE Hunter Bryant (currently TE1 on my draft board) finished last night with 5 catches for 90 yards.
His stat line would have been even better if this TD wasn’t wiped out due to a penalty. Good example of his athletic skill-set though. pic.twitter.com/xDD6z5ioox
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) November 9, 2019
Here is how Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network describes Bryant’s game.
“Hunter Bryant should be a dynamic receiving threat at the NFL level. Bryant brings excellent quickness, run after catch skills and versatility to a flex tight end role. Plugging Bryant into a traditional inline role will water down his receiving skills — he’s best working off the LOS or as a flexed slot receiver who can serve as a H/W/S mismatch for opposing defenders. If Bryant it put in such a flex role, look for early production and long-term starter status in the pros. “
Florida EDGE Jonathan Greenard
Darryl Johnson and Mike Love could be long-term options for the Bills at defensive end, but Jonathan Greenard is a potential third-round option for Buffalo.
Buffalo had a formal interview with Greenard at the 2020 NFL Combine. Although he could play linebacker, Greenard would best fit as a defensive end with the Bills. Greenard is coming off of a season in which he recorded 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. In terms of his ultimate upside, Greenard has drawn comparisons to Dante Fowler.
Jonathan Greenard laid the BOOM 💥 pic.twitter.com/lNwlOUAEFl
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 1, 2019
Virginia CB Bryce Hall and Notre Dame CB Troy Pride Jr.
Bryce Hall and Troy Pride Jr. are two cornerback prospects that Bills fans should get familiar with before the 2020 draft.
Hall has been a mock draft favorite of mine. At one time, he was projected as a first-round pick in this year’s draft class. An ankle injury, unfortunately, ended his 2019 season prematurely. Talent-wise, Hall would be the ultimate steal at pick 86 as he fits perfectly into Sean McDermott’s zone defense.
Hall has been compared to James Bradberry, a cornerback that Sean McDermott played a role in drafting during his time with the Panthers.
Love the vision and initial burst here from Miami RB Travis Homer but check out this effort from Virginia CB Bryce Hall. Dude chases him down playing boundary corner on the opposite side of the field. Hall has been one of the most competitive football players I’ve seen this year. pic.twitter.com/AIwD3kcAfs
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) October 14, 2018
Pride Jr. would be a terrific “consolation prize” if Hall were off the board. Much like Hall, Pride Jr. fits well into Buffalo’s zone defense. The Notre Dame cornerback ran a blazing 4.4 40-yard dash at the combine and is regarded for his high-football IQ.
Troy Pride coming up BIG with the strip and recovery.
Let’s get 7. pic.twitter.com/qWO98nvvax
— ND Whiteboard (@ND_Whiteboard) November 25, 2018
Clemson S K’Von Wallace
If the Bills want to add some “big nickel” competition and miss out on Kyle Dugger in Round 2, the team could look at Clemson’s K’Von Wallace.
This is elite level defending by #Clemson safety K’von Wallace in the clutch pic.twitter.com/jj25j27HcI
— Kevin Boilard (@KevinBoilard) September 9, 2018
When Wallace was asked to blitz with the Tigers, he did very well. Wallace could fit right into Buffalo’s top-five defensive unit.