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3 up, 3 down: Bills veterans impacted by the team's draft

The NFL Draft is a time of changing fortunes.

Drafted rookies, particularly those in the early rounds, become rich. Existing veterans, however, might soon say goodbye to those NFL paychecks if they're forced off the roster by the new blood. With six picks over the weekend, the Buffalo Bills' changed the outlook for certain veterans on their roster. Here's a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling after the draft.

Three Up:

• Nick O'Leary: The Bills didn't address tight end, leaving O'Leary as the top returning backup to Charles Clay. Project Logan Thomas is also on the roster, but he's an unknown. The only other tight end at the moment is Blake Annen, who missed all of last season with an injury. The Bills figure to sign at least one tight end as an undrafted free agent, but O'Leary should have the inside track on a roster spot.

• Jonathan Williams: When the Bills elected not to match the contract offer to restricted free agent Mike Gillislee, allowing him to leave for New England, Williams elevated to the No. 2 running back role. When the Bills failed to address running back in the draft, that position was solidified. Williams couldn't ask for a better opportunity heading into training camp.

• Adolphus Washington: With a new coaching staff, it's fair to wonder how some of the returning players drafted for Rex Ryan's defense will fit. Washington is one of those. The 2016 third-round draft pick's chances of earning a roster spot improved greatly over the weekend when the Bills elected not to draft a defensive lineman.

Three Down

• Jordan Mills: Last year's starter for all 16 games at right tackle re-signed this offseason, but it's a low-money deal that doesn't guarantee him a starting job (or even a roster spot). When the Bills traded up from the third round to the 63rd overall pick in the second round -- giving up two fifth-round picks in the process -- it was a sign they think Temple's Dion Dawkins can challenge for the starting job right away.

• Andre Holmes: Sean McDermott said he thought the Bills' No. 2 receiver was on the roster prior to the draft, but that always felt suspect. Those suspicions were confirmed when the Bills drafted East Carolina receiver Zay Jones in the second round, moving up to No. 37 overall to do so. Paying that price, which was a third-round draft pick, shows the need.

• Kevon Seymour: The 2016 sixth-round pick was penciled into the starting lineup at cornerback opposite Ronald Darby, but that likely changes with the addition of Tre'Davious White in the first round. Seymour still figures to factor heavily into the rotation at cornerback, but it could be inside in the slot as opposed to outside.

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