1. Respected NFL draft analysts Mike Mayock of NFL Network and Todd McShay of ESPN both have the Bills taking Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster at No. 10 overall Thursday night. That would not be a good look for the Buffalo Bills and coach Sean McDermott.
That’s because McDermott has preached the importance of character when evaluating college prospects, and Foster comes with some significant off-the-field concerns. He was booted from the NFL Scouting Combine for getting into an altercation with a hospital worker, and apparently had a diluted urine test, which would put him in the NFL’s substance-abuse program and subject him to random drug testing.
That’s enough to be wary of using at top-10 pick on Foster, especially when picking him would send the message that McDermott can’t be taken at his word.
2. Derek Barnett could be a sleeper pick for the Bills. In recent days, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. both mentioned Barnett, a defensive end from Tennessee, as a possibility at No. 10.
With Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes on the roster, pass rusher would not seem to be a big need for the Bills, but improving the defense is. If McDermott thinks he can find a way to use all three of those players on the field at the same time, then maybe the addition of Barnett would add up.
3. My prediction for where Chad Kelly gets drafted is the fifth round. Hmm, the Bills have three fifth-round picks, you might be saying to yourself. No, I don’t think they will use one of them on Kelly.
The team has a developmental quarterback on the roster in Cardale Jones, so unless the team pulls a shocker and drafts a quarterback early with the intention of that player taking over for Tyrod Taylor as the starter sooner than later, it’s possible the Bills go through the draft without adding a quarterback. Veteran T.J. Yates can compete with Jones for the backup job, meaning it’s not essential the Bills add to the position, even if drafting a quarterback every year has merit.