The Bills and Josh Allen made huge progress in 2020 and proved themselves to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They’ll look to add some more talent along the defensive line and in the offense to give their star young quarterback more tools to work with.
In our Buffalo Bills mock draft 2.0, we project them to select defensive end Jayson Oweh out of Penn State.
For some reason, the Bills choosing a running back with the 30th overall pick as emerged as a popular pre-draft rumor. This is one of the biggest head scratchers due to their recent draft history. They spent a 2nd round pick in 2019 and a 3rd round pick in 2020 to Zack Moss and Devin Singletary. Spending a first-round pick on top of those would be outrageous, especially at a position that is high devalued in the league. They have needs along the defensive and offensive lines and would like to add depth in the secondary. The 30th overall pick should be used on someone who can get after the quarterback, something they didn’t do exceptionally well last year.Embed from Getty Images
Jayson Oweh is an interesting draft prospect. He’s an unbelievable athlete who posted wildly impressive Pro Day numbers; however, his production in college was a very different story. He had zero sacks in 2020, but many will discount that and say it has no bearing on his potential as a top sack guy at the next level. To get an elite athlete at the back end of the first-round at a position of great value and need is too good to pass up. If there is a team that can help Oweh turn that talent into production, it’s the Bills thanks to great defensive leaders.
In the second round of our Bills mock draft 2.0, we see them choosing cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu.
An upstate New York guy who played ball at Syracuse, Melifonwu is a big physical corner who would fit in very well on this defense. He’s 6-3 and over 210 pounds, so he’s got excellent size and length to play press. He also uses that size well in the running game. He’d be in a situation with help around him and would not be expected to be the top corner. He needs to develop and polish his skills against more talented competition, which makes Buffalo a perfect landing spot for him. This may seem like another riskier pick, and it is to a certain extent, but they could be drafting two elite defensive weapons with athleticism and size that you don’t see very often and especially at a discount.
In our Bills mock draft 2.0, the land two big pieces to their defense, which would indirectly be helping Josh Allen and the offense. They add arguably the most athletic edge rusher in the draft and the biggest press corner, all without sacrificing any additional draft capital in the process. They can now turn their attention to the offense where they can add depth along the offensive line and possibly another pass catcher as well.