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Pro Football Focus’ annual offseason ranking places the Bills roster at No. 16

Each offseason, Pro Football Focus takes an in-depth look at the rosters of all 32 NFL teams, offering up rankings and providing commentary on each team’s biggest strength and most glaring weakness.

In this annual assessment of the league’s rosters, Buffalo finds itself smack dab in the middle, coming in at No. 16. The comprehensive rankings system predicts the expected starters on both sides of the ball, relying on metrics and player grades to produce its rankings.

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles came in at No. 1, followed by the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, and Minnesota Vikings.

No surprise at the bottom of the rankings, as the Browns, who went 0-16 in 2017, are declared the team with the worst roster. The Houston Texans are No. 31, followed by the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Jets, and the New York Giants.

Much has been made of the Bills’ overhauled offensive line, thanks to the departures/retirements of center Eric Wood, left guard Richie Incognito, and left tackle Cordy Glenn. Additionally, the team didn’t really address the wide receiver position outside of signing free agent Jeremy Kerley and drafting rookies Ray-Ray McCloud and Austin Proehl, making that an area of concern heading into the season.

But when it comes to a projected weakness in 2018, Pro Football Focus has an unlikely target: the cornerbacks, which should be a strength with last year’s Rookie of the Year runner-up Tre’Davious White (named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus) and veteran Vontae Davis.

Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about the Bills roster:

16. Buffalo Bills

Biggest strength: Tre’Davious White is one of the league’s best young cornerbacks, and he took home our Rookie of the Year award in 2017. White ranked second among all cornerbacks with a 92.0 grade and led the position with 1,093 defensive snaps, finishing 14 of 17 games (including the playoffs) with a grade of at least 70.0.

Biggest weakness: The Bills have a handful of issues on their roster, but their biggest is with the cornerbacks after White. Phillip Gaines ranked 119th last season with a 35.9 grade, which was actually a slight improvement over the 34.8 he posted in 2016. Vontae Davis, who was released by the Colts midseason, was just ahead of him with a 45.2 grade, his second consecutive season in the 40s.

By the numbers: Buffalo’s defense ranked last in the NFL in 2017, generating pressure on just 29 percent of opponents’ passing plays. The Bills are hoping that Trent Murphy -- who still hasn’t been fully cleared after tearing his ACL last August -- can bring some life to the pass rush after signing him away from Washington this offseason. Murphy ranked 10th among 3-4 outside linebackers in 2016 with an 11.8 pass-rushing productivity rating, and he ranked 11th with 55 total pressures; Jerry Hughes -- Buffalo’s most productive pass-rusher of late -- has averaged 47.5 pressures over the past two seasons.

Pro Football Focus also gave its thoughts on the anticipated starters at each position. Among the predictions: AJ McCarron will edge out Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen for the starting quarterback job, Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones will be joined in a three wide receiver set by Jeremy Kerley, Russell Bodine would replace Eric Wood at center, and Phillip Gaines would earn the starting role at slot cornerback.

Offense (ratings are from 2017 season)
QB AJ McCarron 50.1
HB LeSean McCoy 84.4
TE Charles Clay 60.4
TE Nick O’Leary 47.4
WR Zay Jones 43.6
WR Jeremy Kerley 73.7
WR Kelvin Benjamin 79.1
LT Dion Dawkins 74.5
LG Vladimir Ducasse 75.5
C Russell Bodine 46.8
RG John Miller 39.1
RT Jordan Mills 65.7

DE Trent Murphy N/A
DT Kyle Williams 79.7
DT Star Lotulelei 49.5
DE Jerry Hughes 85
OLB Lorenzo Alexander 67.4
ILB Tremaine Edmunds N/A
OLB Matt Milano 72.9
CB Tre’Davious White 92
CB Vontae Davis 45.2
CB Phillip Gaines 35.9
FS Micah Hyde 86.2
SS Jordan Poyer 87.6