Jairus Wynn's release Monday showed how the NFL Draft can change a team's depth chart.
Had the Bills used their first-round draft pick on someone other than outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, Wynn may very well still be on the team.
Instead, he was released in a move that saved $1 million against the salary cap. Wynn, who misses all of last season because of a torn ACL, has plenty of time to try and hook on with another team, but there is no guarantee of that.
Here is a look at some other Bills veterans whose stock was either helped or hurt by the draft:
Tyrod Taylor: The Bills had an opportunity to draft Memphis' Paxton Lynch in the first round, but declined. General Manager Doug Whaley told media members they can draw their own conclusions as to whether that's a vote of confidence in Taylor.
"I told you guys all the time when the value meets where we think his ability is, that's when we will pick the guy," Whaley said. It just didn’t work out that we were in a position where we thought the value of Paxton was for us. You guys can surmise what you want from that. But that's how we attack the draft at every position, not just at quarterback."
My conclusion: There is no question passing on Lynch is a huge vote of confidence for Taylor. If the Bills weren't sold on him, they would have taken Lynch – even if they felt it was somewhat of a reach.
Robert Woods: The Bills have floated the idea of upgrading at No. 2 receiver this offseason, but haven't gotten around to it. That means it's Woods' job by default. Buffalo's depth chart at wide receiver behind Sammy Watkins and Woods is uncertain at best.
Seantrel Henderson/Jordan Mills/Cyrus Kouandjio: The three-headed right tackle monster has to be pleased after the draft. That's because the Bills did not add to the mix for the competition at the position. I asked Whaley after the draft if right tackle is a position where the team needs one of its existing three options to simply rise up and take the job, to which he agreed.
Manny Lawson: The Bills' current outside linebackers are Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson, whom Whaley called a "Day One starter." That leaves the veteran Manny Lawson on the bench. With a salary-cap hit of $3.4 million, the Bills could save about $2.4 million by releasing him, which means his status on the team could be tenuous.
Marquise Goodwin: The Bills drafted TCU's Kolby Listenbee is the sixth round. He could replace Goodwin as the team's speed threat at wide receiver. Listenbee ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but that was with a double sports hernia. If nothing else, it would be entertaining to watch a race between Goodwin and Listenbee. The fact Goodwin may miss some time at training camp because of the Olympics also might not help his cause.
Mike Gillislee: The Bills' third-string running back was a nice story at the end of last season, but the Bills gave him some big competition when they drafted Arkansas' Jonathan Williams in the fifth round. Williams missed all of last season with a foot injury, but is fully healthy now and some draft analysts think if he had played last year, could have been a second-round draft choice. He'll come to camp and immediately push Gillislee for a job.
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Story topics: Cyrus Kouandjio/ Jairus Wynn/ Jonathan Williams/ Jordan Mills/ Kolby Listenbee/ Manny Lawson/ Marquise Goodwin/ Mike Gillislee/ Robert Woods/ Sammy Watkins/ Seantrel Henderson/ Shaq Lawson/ Tyrod Taylor