1. Despite a flurry of additions at the position over the last week or so, the Buffalo Bills still have a big need at wide receiver. In addition to Brandon Tate re-signing Monday, the team has also added Andre Holmes, Philly Brown, Jeremy Butler and Corey Washington since free agency started. None of those players figures to be the No. 2 option at the position behind Sammy Watkins.
Given the state of free agency, the draft is the best avenue left for the Bills to find that player. It's a toss up between wide receiver and cornerback as to which position is the biggest remaining area of need on the roster, but given the perceived depth of the defensive backs in this year's class, I'd lean toward making wide receiver the choice at 10th overall. In fact, I don't think it can afford to be anything else. Teams always say they want the "best player available" and don't draft for need, but I've never bought into that.
The Bills are one Watkins injury away from Holmes being their No. 1 receiver in 2017. That's a risk they can't take. Whether it be Clemson's Mike Williams, Western Michigan's Corey Davis or Washington's John Ross, they need to add a top-flight receiver at the top of the draft.
2. The Bills' decision to re-sign Jordan Mills left some fans scratching their heads. Mills graded out as one of the worst right tackles in the NFL last season according to the analytics website Pro Football Focus. The contract Mills got, however, showed that he's not being counted on to start. Mills will count just $1.65 million against Buffalo's salary cap in 2017. At that money, he can be a backup if the team finds a better option at the position.
Could that be Ryan Groy? It's an interesting idea after the team decided to match Groy's contract offer from the Los Angeles Rams as a restricted free agent. Groy showed at the end of last season, when he started the final seven games at center for the injured Eric Wood, that he can definitely play at the NFL level. It would be a big change moving from the interior to right tackle, but the Bills don't have anything to lose by giving Groy a look at the position during spring practices. With only six picks, and a perceived down year for offensive tackles, it's unlikely the team will find much help at the position in the draft. That means getting creative might be the best way to fill the hole at right tackle.
3. As of Tuesday morning, the NFL Players' Association website officially listed the Bills as having $14.307 million in space under the salary cap. However, that figure took into account 58 contracted players, while the Bills' roster on the team website shows 61 players. That means it's possible some of the recently signed deals have not yet been processed. Either way, the team still has plenty of work to do in filling out a 90-man roster. If the team keeps its six draft picks, that gets them to 67, which still means 23 spots need to be filled.
Buffalo's 58 listed players under contract with the NFLPA is the fewest in the league -- 61 will be tied for the second least. During the offseason, only the top 51 contracts on a team's roster count against the salary cap, so the cap space isn't a big deal if the rest of those spots are filled out with undrafted free agents, which the vast majority will be. About $6 million in cap space is needed for draft picks, and the team needs to hold some space for in-season signings as injury replacements.