Count Mel Kiper Jr. among those who are on board with what the Buffalo Bills have done this offseason.
Speaking Wednesday on a national conference call, the ESPN NFL Draft guru was asked about what made sense for the Bills in the second and third rounds after the team traded away its first-round pick last week in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
"To me, I think you look at Buffalo right now, they don't really need a lot," Kiper said. "On paper, they're right there where they need to be. They were a playoff team last year. They certainly have helped Josh Allen with the addition of Diggs."
More help for Allen topped Kiper's wish list for the Bills.
"Another offensive tackle certainly wouldn't hurt to put into that mix there," he said. "Maybe a running back at some point. There's some depth at that position, as well."
To that end, Kiper ran through several running backs who might be available at either the 54th or 86th overall picks, which the Bills own in the second and third round, respectively.
First on that list was Utah's Zack Moss, a 5-foot-9, 223-pounder who rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2019. Florida State's Cam Akers was also mentioned by Kiper. Akers rushed for more than 1,100 yards in 2019 while playing behind a mediocre offensive line. Boston College's A.J. Dillon – a player Kiper said has moved up draft boards – was his next possibility. Dillon is big for the position at 6 feet, 247 pounds. He got a heavy workload in college, including in 2019 when he led the country with 318 carries and ran for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns.
If the Bills go the smaller-school route for the second consecutive year at running back, Kiper mentioned Appalachian State's Darrynton Evans as a possibility. Just a two-star recruit coming out of high school, Evans was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2019. He ranked in the top 10 nationally with 1,480 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 255 carries.
What if the Bills look to the defensive side of the ball?
"Edge rusher," Kiper said. "I think that's something where, you get Mario Addison who steps in, but could you add somebody there? ... Some edge rushers, we can always find. The Ravens have always done a great job finding edge rushers, like (Matthew) Judon and Za'Darious Smith and Pernell McPhee. I think you can find some guys late this year, as well."
The first possibility for the Bills mentioned by Kiper was Florida's Jonathan Greenard. A transfer from Louisville, Greenard was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection after leading the Gators with 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He had three forced fumbles, an interception and four passes defensed. His draft stock took a bit of a hit when he ran a slower-than-expected, 4.87-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
"How far does he drop?" Kiper asked. "He was a good player."
Greenard's Florida teammate, Jabari Zuniga, suffered a high-ankle sprain in 2019 that limited him to six games. Before getting hurt, he had seven tackles for loss and three sacks. He's also thought to be a second- or third-round prospect.
Notre Dame's Julian Okwara is another player who had his 2019 season cut short by injury. He suffered a broken leg in the ninth game, ending his season with 18 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.
In 2018, Okwara led Notre Dame with 12.5 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with eight sacks.
"He played really well two years ago," Kiper said. "So I think there are some pass rushers that (the Bills) could find on Day 3 that could help their football team."
The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 23-25.