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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Exploring the options at No. 9, including moving up

Brandon Beane is going to be in an interesting position three Thursdays from now when the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville.

The Buffalo GM has already made significant upgrades to the roster in free agency, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and Beane will have plenty of opportunity to be active in the draft.

We've already taken a look at why trading out of the No. 9 pick could be on the table. And you know by now who the Bills could be targeting.

As is always the case this time of year, Jay Skurski's mailbag was loaded with draft questions.

But the nugget that stood out most came when a questioner mentioned some recent mock drafts having the Bills moving up instead of down.

If Alabama's Quinnen Williams somehow slips out of the top five, Skurski said Beane should investigate what it would cost to move up a few spots. The cost, though, may not be worth it, Skurski wrote. But the Bills would immediately have their Kyle Williams replacement.

"There are still several areas the Bills need to address," Skurski says. "They’re not one player away from becoming a Super Bowl contender. For that reason, I’d even be hesitant to give up my third-round pick, but I’d do it in the right scenario."

NFL draft preview: Jawaan Taylor tops good crop of tackles: The latest installment of The News' NFL Draft preview focuses on the offensive tackles. Florida's Jawaan Taylor tops the list, Mark Gaughan says, and it's possible the Bills could make him their first pick.

Quinton Spain welcomes competition, and Bills' O-line has a load of it: Sure, Taylor could be the pick at No. 9, but the Bills already have plenty of competition on the offensive line. Newcomer Quinton Spain, signed on Wednesday as a free-agent from the Tennessee Titans, is still motivated by not being drafted in 2015.

First-round target Rashan Gary has a visit planned: The Michigan defensive lineman said on Chris Simms' show that he had a visit scheduled with Buffalo. ESPN's Mel Kiper has the Bills taking 6-foot-4 lineman with the ninth pick in the draft.

For Bills' director of college scouting, heading to work means hitting the road: Terrance Gray is in his second year as the Buffalo Bills’ director of college scouting. From August until Thanksgiving, Gray is mostly on the road. Vic Carucci profiled Gray. “It’s a way of life,” GM Brandon Beane said. “It’s no different than, I’m sure, doctors who are on call, people in the military. We have to have understanding spouses and kids when it comes to the tradeoffs. While there’s a lot of good, it’s not easy.”

For Bills' director of college scouting, heading to work means hitting the road

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