This weekend the NFL hosted the highly anticipated NFL Daft in Chicago Illinois. The Buffalo Bills had fans wondering what were the next moves? The Bills made quite the splash in the off-season trading fan favorite LB Kiko Alonzo to Philadelphia for a furious RB Lesean McCoy. The Bills also picked up some key acquisitions signing free agent talent in QB Matt Castle fromthe Minnesota Vikings, G Richie Incognito, QB Tyrod Taylor from the Baltimore Ravens, WR Percy Harvin from the NY Jets, and TE Charles Clay from the Miami Dolphins.
Let’s not forget that the Bills are also under new ownership. Terry Pegula and his family, which also owns the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team had purchased the Bills late last season when previous owner Ralph Wilson passed away.
The Pegula’s went to work right away landing one of the hottest coaches in the league in Rex Ryan, who was previously with the rival NY Jets. The Pegula’s quickly gained the respect ofBills fans using the slogan “One Buffalo”.
Now the draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranked the Buffalo Bills in dead last; and here is why.
In round 2, with the 50th pick, the Bills selected CB Ronald Darby from Florida State. Darby is a highly athletic cornerback with enough size to play press coverage, but will struggle to find playing time right away. Darby gives the Bills a highly viable reserve in the case of injury and at 21 years of age could be a future starter.
In round 3, with the 81st pick, the Bills selected G John Miller from Louisville. Miller a strong, physical guard that will fit comfortably in the new power-running offense being installed by new offensive coordinator Greg Roman from the San Fransico 49ers . Miller will have an opportunity to compete for a starting job this summer, and depending on
how the team likes its current guard talent, Miller might even have an inside track for that gig.
In round 5, with the 155th pick, the Bills selected RB Karlos Williams from Florida State. A highly athletic former defensive back, Williams spent his last two seasons at Florida State as a runner, scoring 22 rushing touchdowns on just 241 career carries. His defensive background could also make him a viable special teams option, and he’ll have a chance at a bigger role next season.
In round 6, with the 188th pick, the Bills selected LB Tony Steward from Clemson. Two ACL injuries derailed his college career a bit, but Steward is a highly athletic former No. 1 high school recruit that made some remarkable plays as a special teams coverage player in the ACC. He’ll compete with a few other project-type players on the Bills’ roster this coming summer. Also in round 6, with the 194th pick the Bills selected Nick O’Leary TE from Florida State. Aside from Miller, no Bills draft pick has a better shot at immediate playing time than O’Leary. He’s a hard- nosed player at a position where the Bills will be using multiple players on a large number of snaps – and it would not be surprising if O’Leary, whose upside is limited, still emerged as the Bills’ No. 2 tight end this year.
In round 7, with the 234th pick the Bills selected WR Dezmin Lewis from Central Arkansas.Buffalo went into draft weekend with a lack of size at the receiver position, and the 6’4″ Lewis brings that; he is now the tallest receiver on the Bills’ roster. There’s an outside shot that he’ll push for a roster spot this season, but he’s a project, and might end up on the practice squad.