The Buffalo Bills currently have six selections in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Expect it to stay that way.
The team is currently not projected to receive any compensatory selections, according to the website overthecap.com, meaning General Manager Doug Whaley will be under significant pressure to hit on most – if not all – of his picks given the current state of the roster.
The Bills have three picks inside the top 76 of the draft, in the first round (No. 10), second round (No. 43) and third round (No. 76). They do not have a fourth-round selection, as that pick was traded to Chicago last year in the move up for linebacker Reggie Ragland. Buffalo has two fifth-round draft picks, its own and one acquired from Dallas as part of the 2015 trade of quarterback Matt Cassel, one in the sixth round and does not have a pick in the seventh round, as that went to Dallas as part of the Cassel deal.
Compensatory draft picks are awarded by the league to teams losing more or better free agents than it acquired in the previous year. The league’s formula factors in salary, playing time and postseason honors.
The Bills lost cornerback Ron Brooks and linebacker Nigel Bradham in the 2016 offseason, but those losses were more than cancelled out by Buffalo’s additions of linebackers Zach Brown and Lorenzo Alexander, as well as defensive backs Corey White and Robert Blanton.