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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Could the Ziggy Ansah decision determine Buffalo's first pick?

The Bills and any other team interested in signing defensive end Ziggy Ansah have been a "holding pattern" for a few weeks now. The holdup, according to Ansah's agent, is that teams wanted more info about his surgically repaired shoulder.

That information is due by mid-April.

The Bills have an obvious need for pass rushers.

Ansah played in just seven games last season but racked up 12 sacks in 14 games in 2017, two years after he played in all 16 games with 14 sacks. If he's healthy (he hasn't played a full season since 2015), the former Detroit Lion who played under the franchise tag last season has the talent to be an elite pass rusher.

That mid-April report could help Bills GM Brandon Beane and his staff get a better idea of what they're going to do in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Some mocks, including Mel Kiper's, have the Bills taking Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the ninth pick. But if the Bills like the medical report and sign Ansah before the draft, it's possible they'd address a different need. However, with both Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson heading into the final year of their contracts in 2019, anything is possible.

One thing is certain, though: it's a good year to be a defensive end or edge rusher.

As Jay Skurski wrote in the latest position-by-position NFL Draft preview: "The Bills need to beef up their pass rush, and the position has plenty of question marks in the not-too-distant future."

Interior O-line prospects offer solid Day 2 candidates: It's a good thing Buffalo was aggressive in free agency adding offensive linemen with versatility. Our position-by-position preview of the 2019 NFL draft continued with a look at the guard-center group. There doesn't appear to be any first-round picks among them, but solid Day 2 options include two players from Oklahoma.

Should Brandon Beane take UB's Anthony Johnson in draft?: Skurski was asked about the UB players in the draft and much more in his latest Bills mailbag, which was obviously very draft-focused.

In case you missed it: Vic Carucci profiled Terrance Gray, who is in his second year as the Buffalo Bills’ director of college scouting. Just how much time does Gray spend on the road? “We could go on a pretty good vacation and not pay for hotels or rentals,” he said.

NFL draft preview: Defensive ends will be in high demand early


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