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Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Down on drafting WR or OL early & the draft's most interesting question

1. A case can be made for the Buffalo Bills taking a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft, but I won't make it. It's true the Bills need depth at the position, particularly when looking at future seasons, but in the short term, any wide receiver taken is likely the fourth option on offense in 2016 behind LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay. Depending on how Robert Woods is used out of the slot, that could bump a first-round pick down to the No. 5 option on offense. If that's the case, I just don't see how the Bills can spend the 19th overall pick on that. My priority would be to upgrade the defensive front seven in the first two rounds with players who can step right into the starting lineup. In looking at wide receivers, I'd target a player in the third round or later who can stretch the defense as a vertical threat. Two such prospects to keep in mind are Clemson's Charone Peake and TCU's Kolby Listenbee. If the Bills can get a rookie to come in and be a vertical threat opposing defenses have to account for, it will take pressure off the aforementioned top options on offense.

2. For some of the same reasons, I'm not on board with an offensive tackle in the first two rounds for the Bills. Franchise-tagged left tackle Cordy Glenn will be back, which was the team's biggest offseason priority. On the right side, Seantrel Henderson, Jordan Mills and Cyrus Kouandjio are there to compete for the job. The Bills have to hope one of those three elevates their game to a starting level. In assessing the needs of the roster, there are bigger holes that have to be filled. Maybe none of those three become Pro Bowlers, but that's not realistic at every position in today's NFL. The Bills should hope for average, and anything above that at right tackle will be a bonus.

3. What do the Bills do at No. 19 if Paxton Lynch is still on the board? That, to me, is the most interesting question a few days before the draft. It's a question I don't expect to get an answer to, though, because I see Lynch being chosen before the Bills' turn comes up. With quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz expected to be drafted with the first two picks, that leaves a lot of picks to be made before the Bills are on the clock. Teams like Dallas, San Francisco and Cleveland all could use a quarterback, and a team like the New York Jets at No. 20 could fear the Bills taking Lynch and move up to do so before Buffalo gets a chance. If Lynch is there, however, we'll get a good idea of how the Bills truly feel about Tyrod Taylor in the long term. If they draft Lynch, it's clearly with the intention to start him in the not-too-distant future, which would mean Taylor likely plays out the final year of his contract and then departs. If the Bills pass on Lynch, it's a sign they're comfortable with Taylor for at least this season, and not in any rush to replace him after that.

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