The 2018 NFL Draft is almost a week behind us now, and the newest Buffalo Bills have had every play of their college careers closely examined. We wanted to see if there was any trends in the collegiate affiliation of the 2018 draft picks, and we found out there was one connection between the majority of the newest Bills.
Half of Buffalo’s eight draft picks come from the same conference; the ACC. Two of the ACC picks come from the same school, with Tremaine Edmunds and Wyatt Teller (first and fifth rounds) coming from Virginia Tech.
Sixth-round pick Ray-Ray McCloud and seventh rounder Austin Proehl also come from the ACC. They attended Clemson and North Carolina, respectively.
The Bills brass only took one player from a “power five” conference that wasn’t from the ACC. Third round pick Harrison Phillips comes to Buffalo from the PAC-12 and Stanford.
First round draft pick Josh Allen comes from the Mountain West and the University of Wyoming. Many question his ability to stand up to an NFL defense, given that in college every opportunity he had against a “power five” program, he performed quite poorly.
The two versatile defensive backs Buffalo picked up in the fourth and fifth rounds come from very small conferences. Tarron Johnson comes from Weber State, from the Big Sky Conference and Siran Neal from Jacksonville State in the Ohio Valley.