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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Top 3 defensive ends could be gone when Bills come up at 9

Defensive end is thought to be one of the strengths of the 2019 draft class.

But it's so good that the three best players at the position may be off the board by the time the Bills come up at ninth overall.

Ohio State's Nick Bosa could be the No. 1 overall pick, though Kentucky’s Josh Allen – who shares a name with the Bills' quarterback – is in contention, too, and Michigan’s Rashan Gary isn't far behind.

"The top three edge rushers ... surely will be taken by No. 9," Mark Gaughan wrote. "But Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat have been projected to be taken between No. 5 and No. 15 at this early stage of the evaluation process."

The Bills got strong production from defensive end Jerry Hughes last season, but they're still waiting for Shaq Lawson to reach his potential as a first-round pick. Trent Murphy seemed to be a good pickup in free agency but was injured most of the year. Defensive end may not appear to be the team's biggest need, but it's a premium position in the modern game, and if elite talent falls in Bills' lap, it's possible they could pull the trigger.

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