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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Deep defensive end pool will help sack-starved Bills at draft

The Bills ranked 26th in the NFL last year in sacks with 36. So it makes sense that the team reportedly hosted more edge rushers than any other position.

Six players, including Michigan's Rashan Gary, a player many have linked to the Bills at No. 9, had pre-draft visits with the Bills.

The Bills, Jason Wolf wrote, may have the choice of Gary, Montez Sweat and Clelin Ferrell when they're on the clock Thursday night. If they decide to pull the trigger on one of those three guys or another pass rusher, they'd be taking advantage of arguably the most talented position in this year's draft.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock, a former analyst, thinks the first round will be dominated by defensive ends.

“What I would say about the defensive line in general is that in the last 10 years, I’d say it is the best defensive line group we’ve seen, both edge rushers and inside guys,” Mayock said.

ESPN's Todd McShay thinks there are at least six edge rushers worthy of picking in the first round.

It's safe to say the Bills are targeting that position with their first pick, especially given their roster status at DE.

Or they could take an offensive lineman: Yeah, there's plenty of depth at DE, but Jay Skurski's final mock draft has the Bills taking a versatile offensive lineman who offensive coordinator Brian Daboll coached at Alabama.

How fast is fast? Bills scouts look beyond the 40 times: The last two years at the NFL combine have seen the most 40-yard dash times of 4.40 seconds or better over the last decade. Sure, every team covets speed. But of the dozen players who ran 4.30 or faster between 2006 to 2017, only two have had outstanding NFL careers, Mark Gaughan wrote in his story that says proof of speed comes in the film.

Top 100: The cheat sheet to the 2019 NFL Draft is found right here. The composite list is based on rankings form NFL Draft experts.

Pancho Billa cancels trip to NFL draft: In a tweet Tuesday afternoon, Ezra Castro said his health comes first. The Bills' super fan is still in the hospital.

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