Share this article

Open for business
Find out the latest updates from local businesses as our region reopens.
print logo

Mel Kiper, Pro Football Focus mock drafts have Bills going defense in first round

ESPN's Mel Kiper released his first mock draft and has the Bills taking defensive players at Nos. 21 and 22 – Central Florida cornerback and returner Mike Hughes and Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo also released a mock draft and he also has the Bills going defense with both picks – Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith and Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport.

It's worth noting that Kiper has four quarterbacks going in Round 1: Wyoming's Josh Allen to Cleveland, UCLA's Josh Rosen to the Giants, USC's Sam Darnold to Denver and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield to Washington.

Palazzolo has Mayfield going No. 1 overall to Cleveland, Darnold to the Giants, Rosen to the Broncos and Louisville's Lamar Jackson to the Jets. That would be four quarterbacks selected in the first four picks.

Here are their selections and breakdowns of the Bills' picks:


"Buffalo got a great rookie season out of first-round pick Tre'Davious White, but there's a hole on the other side because E.J. Gaines, who was part of the Sammy Watkins trade, is a free agent. The Bills could bring back Gaines, but they could also target another corner on Day 1. The arrow is pointing way up on Hughes, who emerged as a shutdown corner in 2017. He could also help on special teams as a returner."


"The Bills picked up this extra pick when the Chiefs traded up to draft Patrick Mahomes last year, and they ended up with back-to-back picks after a surprise playoff season. Hurst is a 3-technique penetrator who gets into the backfield and gets after quarterbacks. He's a perfect fit for a 4-3 team, and the Bills need pass-rushers. They had only 27 sacks in 2017, which ranked 29th in the league. Buffalo is a team to watch for the second tier of quarterbacks because Tyrod Taylor's future is up in the air."


The first linebacker off the board, Smith flies to the football against both the run and in coverage. He also has a knack for finishing plays as he’s been one of the surest tacklers in the country over the last two-plus years (only 16 missed tackles on 251 career attempts). He’s a perfect fit for Buffalo’s zone-heavy defensive scheme.


The Bills go defense once again, adding Davenport, who projects as a classic base defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He uses his massive 6-foot-7 frame well and he finished fourth overall among edge defenders with an 89.8 grade. He can move blockers in the run game and he picked up nine sacks, six QB hits and 34 hurries on only 257 rushes last season.

Story topics: / /

There are no comments - be the first to comment