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2015 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills winners and losers

What happens during the NFL Draft affects veteran players a great deal. For the 2015 Buffalo Bills, some veterans came out of draft weekend unscathed, while others have cause for concern.

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As weeks of 2015 NFL Draft speculation have now come to a close, some members of the Buffalo Bills may feel better, or worse, about their current spot on the roster. Below is an analysis of those individuals that came out as the winners and losers this past weekend.


EJ Manuel: When a pre-draft dinner with Bryce Petty was confirmed, there was plenty of discussion suggesting the Bills would take him with their second- or third-round selections. As the new coaching staff had already acquired Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor this offseason, many thought that Manuel would be the odd man out should the Bills select Petty with an early-round pick. With no quarterback added in the draft, or even in undrafted free agency, any questions can be put to rest regarding Manuel's roster spot for the time being.

Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio: With only three tackles currently on the roster (Cordy Glenn, Henderson, and Kouandjio), the Bills have a noticeable lack of depth at the position. Talk radio hosts, writers and analysts constantly discussed the possibility of drafting an upgrade at right tackle, or even selecting a left tackle and moving Glenn inside. The Bills did not draft a tackle, however, meaning that this duo should enter the season having secured their spots as a starter and as the swing tackle.

Duke Williams: Having lost two starting safeties in consecutive offseasons, the Bills found themselves with another hole in the defensive secondary. While the team has expressed confidence in Williams, it would not have come as a surprise if the Bills added competition in the draft. The team did not add a safety, and Williams will enter training camp as the expected starter.

Dawan LandryBrandon Spikes: Both of these current free agents have been mentioned as serious targets of interest. Landry has been speculated as a player to sign post-May 12 to add veteran experience at safety. Doug Whaley has specifically mentioned wanting to re-sign Spikes on multiple occasions, and the run-stuffing linebacker has seen limited interest throughout free agency. With little done to address either position in the draft, both could be one step closer to signing in Buffalo.


Bryce Brown: This has been an offseason to forget for Brown, and things did not get any better this weekend. The selection of Karlos Williams leaves Brown on the roster bubble, as the Florida State product can also contribute on special teams. Having already been called out in a press conference by his new head coach, Brown may want to contact his agent to ask for a trade or his outright release.

Leodis McKelvin: With a cap hit close to $5 million in both 2015 and 2016, the former first-round pick could be nearing the end of his tenure in Buffalo. When Buffalo selected Ronald Darby in the second round, one could argue that it was with his becoming an eventual starter an end goal. McKelvin has likely already lost punt return duties to Percy Harvin, and the starting cornerback spot may also be gone in the not-too-distant future.

Chris Williams: A notable free agent signing in 2014, Williams did not show signs of resurrecting his career in Buffalo last season. Injuries have plagued him throughout his career, and he was placed on injured reserve back in October. Many expected that offensive guard would be addressed in the draft, which happened with the No. 81 overall pick in John Miller of Louisville. With a cap number of $3.35 million, Williams may become expendable thanks to young talents like Miller and Cyril Richardson.

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