The Buffalo Bills have six picks available in the 2017 NFL Draft, having traded one of their picks away during last year’s draft. They have a few serious needs on the roster, so finding impact rookies will be critical if the team hopes to make the playoffs next year. Wondering where Buffalo will be picking? Here are the details.
Round 1, 10th overall
Round 2, 11th overall
Having finished with the same 7-9 record as the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bills will see their draft order rotate from round to round with these other teams. In the second round, they drop down one spot, and they drop again in the third round before the order resets.
Round 3, 12th overall
Round 4: Traded to Chicago
When Doug Whaley traded up for Reggie Ragland in last year’s draft, he spent a second rounder in 2016, a fourth rounder in 2016, and this year’s fourth rounder in order to get the pick. Here’s hoping Ragland has a healthy recovery from his 2016 ACL surgery.
Round 5: 11th overall
Round 5: Dallas Cowboys pick
The Bills traded Matt Cassel to the Cowboys last season after Tony Romo’s season-ending injury. Cassel wasn’t going to do anything positive for the Bills, so it’s good that Whaley got something out of him. The Bills received a 2017 5th round pick from Dallas in exchange for Cassel and their own 7th round pick in this year’s draft.
Round 6: 12th overall
Round 7: Traded to Dallas
As listed above, the Bills traded this final pick away.
The Bills attempted to take a low-cost approach to free agency this year, cutting Mario Williams and Leodis McKelvin and signing a host of veterans to minimum-value contracts. At the time, it seemed like a compensatory pick was a possibility, given that the players signed were paid so little. However, Lorenzo Alexander’s Pro Bowl season, Zach Brown’s great year, and the amount of playing time for Robert Blanton and Corey White cancelled out any effects that Ron Brooks and Nigel Bradham would have had on Buffalo’s compensatory formula. In OverTheCap’s current compensation projection, the Bills receive nothing.