Buffalo's draft landscape: Post-round 1

Day 1 is in the books! As I predicted, Buffalo traded up for a receiver, although it appears that the word about them being enamored with Watkins held some truth, making him the pick rather than Evans. I am totally okay with that, as Watkins is a star.

Let's take a look at the best remaining players on my big board, as well as the remaining tables of CONNECTIONZ, and see if we can get a sense of what Buffalo wants to do!

DanRoc's Big Board (post-round 1)

Overall pick # Overall Big Board Position College
17 Marqise Lee WR USC
21 Kony Ealy DE Missouri
23 Xavier Sua-Filo OG UCLA
24 Ra'shede Hageman DE/DT Minnesota
25 Allen Robinson WR Penn State
29 Louis Nix NT Notre Dame
30 Morgan Moses OT Virginia
31 Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
33 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
34 Dri Archer RB/WR Kent State
35 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
36 Stephon Tuitt DE/DT Notre Dame
38 Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
39 Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
41 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
42 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
43 Lamarcus Joyner S/CB FSU
44 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
45 Davante Adams WR Fresno State
46 Joel Bitonio OT/OG Nevada
47 Phillip Gaines CB Rice
50 Marcus Martin OG/OC USC
51 Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
52 Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt
53 Derek Carr QB Fresno State
54 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
55 Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
57 Justin Ellis NT Louisiana Tech
58 Trent Murphy DE/OLB Stanford
59 Timmy Jernigan NT FSU
60 Jarvis Landry WR LSU
61 Will Sutton DT Arizona State
62 Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
63 Bishop Sankey RB Washington
64 Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
65 Tre Mason RB Auburn
66 Terrence Brooks S FSU
67 Antone Exum S/CB Virginia Tech
68 Telvin Smith LB/S FSU
70 Cody Latimer WR Indiana
71 Trai Turner OG LSU
72 Billy Turner OT North Dakota
73 Jeremiah Attaochu DE/OLB Georgia Tech
74 Weston Richburg OG/OC Colorado State
75 DaQuan Jones DE/DT Penn State
76 Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
77 Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee
78 De'Anthony Thomas RB/WR Oregon
79 Craig Loston SS LSU
80 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
82 Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
83 AJ McCarron QB Alabama
84 Trevor Reilly DE/OLB Utah
85 Bruce Ellington RB/WR South Carolina
86 Carl Bradford LB Arizona State
87 Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
88 Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
89 Dakota Dozier OG Furman
90 Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA
91 Dontae Johnson S/CB NC State
92 James Hurst OT North Carolina
93 Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
94 Isaiah Crowell RB Alabama State
95 Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame
96 Wesley Johnson OT/OG/OC Vanderbilt
97 Christian Jones LB FSU
98 Christian Kirksey ILB Iowa
99 Daniel Sorensen S BYU
100 Michael Schofield OT Michigan
101 Colt Lyerla TE No college
102 Ben Gardner DE Stanford
103 David Yankey OG Stanford
104 Keith McGill CB Utah
106 Chris Smith DE/OLB Arkansas
107 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
108 Anthony Steen OG Alabama
109 Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
110 Jackson Jeffcoat DE/OLB Texas
111 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
112 Dion Bailey S USC
113 Shayne Skov ILB Stanford
114 David Fales QB San Jose State
115 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
116 James Gayle DE/OLB Virginia Tech
117 Tevin Reese WR Baylor
118 Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
119 Jemea Thomas FS Georgia Tech
120 Josh Huff WR Oregon
121 Branden Oliver RB Buffalo
122 John Urschel OG/OC Penn State
123 Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers
124 Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
125 Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
126 Terrence West RB Towson
127 Travis Swanson OG/OC Arkansas
128 Storm Johnson RB UCF
129 Ed Reynolds S Stanford
130 Brett Smith QB Wyoming
131 Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley State
132 Brent Urban DE/DT Virginia
133 Ross Cockrell CB Duke
134 Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
135 Robert Herron WR Wyoming
136 Demarcus Lawrence DE/OLB Boise State
137 Marion Grice RB Arizona State
138 Paul Richardson WR Colorado
139 Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee
140 Aaron Murray QB Georgia
141 Isaiah Lewis SS Michigan State
142 Charles Sims RB West Virginia
143 Walt Aikens CB Liberty
144 Brandon Linder OG Miami
145 Jonathan Dowling S Wyoming
146 Tyler Starr LB South Dakota
147 Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor
148 Jeremy Hill RB LSU
149 Marcus Roberson CB Florida
150 Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut

According to my big board, the biggest reaches in round 1 were Miami selecting Ja'wuan James, the Packers selecting Haha Clinton-Dix, and Kansas City taking Dee Ford. The best value picks would have been Cincinnati taking Darqueze Dennard or San Francisco's selection of Jimmie Ward. Buffalo chose my 5th overall player in Sammy Watkins, but I like his ceiling and fit to Buffalo's needs much more than the 4th overall player, Khalil Mack. And since Jake Matthews wasn't likely to play left tackle for Buffalo, I think Watkins will have a bigger impact on Buffalo than Matthews would have compared to a second or third round prospect.

Buffalo's Connectionz

Day 2

Player Pos. College Connectionz (Visit, Teammate, Position)
Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State V
Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor V
Bishop Sankey RB Washington T,P
Cody Latimer WR Indiana V
Martavis Bryant WR Clemson T,P
Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State P
Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame V
Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington V
Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech P
Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama V
James Hurst OT North Carolina T,P
Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee P
Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee P
Marcus Martin G/C USC V
Trai Turner OG LSU T,P
Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State T,P
Cyril Richardson OG Baylor T,P
Anthony Steen OG Alabama T,P
Scott Crichton DE Oregon State V
Kareem Martin DE North Carolina T,P
Marcus Smith DE Louisville T,P
Bradley Roby CB Ohio State V
Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson V
Phillip Gaines CB Rice V
Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech T,P

Day 3

Player Pos. College Connectionz (Visit, Teammate, Position)
Terrance Cobb RB Cumberlands V
Jeremy Hill RB LSU V
Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern V
Terrance West RB Towson V
Alfred Blue RB LSU T,P
Ladarius Perkins RB Mississippi State T,P
Ben Malena RB Texas A&M T,P
Isaiah Crowell RB Alabama State P
Branden Oliver RB Buffalo P
Storm Johnson RB UCF P
Kevin Norwood WR Alabama T,P
L'Damian Washington WR Missouri P
Xavier Grimble TE USC T,P
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT McGill V
Charles Siddoway OT Mississippi State V
Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State T,P
Brandon Thomas OT Clemson T,P
Kevin Graf OT USC T,P
Russell Bodine G/C North Carolina T,P
John Urschel G/C Penn State P
Preston Brown LB Louisville V
Lamin Barrow LB LSU T,P
James Gayle DE Virginia Tech T,P
Taylor Hart DE Oregon P
Larry Webster DE/TE Bloomsburg P
Ben Gardner DE Stanford P
Walt Aikens CB Liberty V
Ross Cockrell CB Duke V
Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame T,P
Rashaad Reynolds CB Oregon State T,P
Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern T,P
Victor Hampton CB South Carolina P

Moving into today's draft, the top remaining player who would fit Buffalo's needs is Kony Ealy. I suspect he's gone before long, though. The Bills are then fortunate that Cyrus Kouandjio, Morgan Moses, and Joel Bitonio will all be available in round 2 (as well as Antonio Richardson, whom I'm not as excited about). In addition, 3 of the top 4 tight ends remain on the board, and the Bills will have to seriously think about the possibility of upgrading the offensive targets yet again.

Here's my estimation of Buffalo's big board for round 2:

  1. Cyrus Kouandjio
  2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  3. Kony Ealy
  4. Joel Bitonio
  5. Troy Niklas
  6. Morgan Moses
  7. Antonio Richardson
  8. Jace Amaro
  9. Scott Crichton

That's 9 names and Buffalo has the 9th pick.

I think Buffalo will try to get an OT/TE in round 2 and then use the third round pick on defense. I think RT is the top priority but talent will play a factor.

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of

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