This week, Adam Stites of SB Nation came out with NFL power rankings that are based on the teams’ futures. The Buffalo Bills came in at 23rd, which is good for second in the AFC East. The Miami Dolphins came in last, the New York Jets came in 27th and the New England Patriots came in 9th.
Top 100 draft picks: 9th, 40th, 74th
Cap space: $79.1 million
“You could put the Bills way higher on the list if you believe in Josh Allen more than I do. He completed 52.8 percent of his passes with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a rookie. But he also made a bunch of plays with his legs and had an atrocious cast around him. The offense was bad enough to spoil a really good defense. If the top-10 draft pick and loads of cap space can turn the offense around, the Bills could be a contender soon. That just depends a whole lot on who Allen turns out to be.”
Stites makes a great point with how bad the offense is around Allen and how this season was a lost one for the defense. The future of the Bills solely falls on Allen’s shoulders and the 2019 season is going to be a good indication whether or not he can be a franchise quarterback for the next 12 years. The amount of cap space and the number of top-100 picks are crucial for the Bills to get building blocks for the offense and help Allen be the best version of himself.