The Buffalo Bills and their 31 NFL franchise counterparts will look to add the next generation of premier talent tonight during Round One of the 2019 NFL Draft. Buffalo will try to add talent and depth to an already overhauled roster, one which went 6-10 last year.
While talent is of obvious importance in the first round, the Bills also need to make sure the players they add throughout this weekend fit the scheme and the make-up desired by head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. Dubbed “The Process,” Buffalo’s roster consists of plenty of examples of guys who fit the culture established by the coach and his veteran players.
Last year, Buffalo selected players like Harrison Phillips, who may be among the most “processy” players around, Tremaine Edmunds, a leader who graduated college at just 19 years old, and Josh Allen, an old-fashioned gunslinger whose moxie and toughness helped to cover some mechanical warts in his overall game. This year, the Bills will undoubtedly look to add more “process” players as the team’s transformation enters a critical third year.
Which players scream “process” to you, Bills fans? Here are a few who we identified as fitting that “Billing.” (Huge shout-out to Dan Lavoie and Andrew “Grif” Griffin for sharing with me their encyclopedic knowledge of the draft and its prospects!)
CB Rock Ya-Sin
The Temple Owls corner is a two-time high school wrestling champ in the state of Georgia, something McDermott clearly loves—he was a star wrestler himself, and Harrison Phillips was also lauded for his wrestling ability when Buffalo picked him last year.
OL Jonah Williams
The Alabama offensive lineman is capable of playing every spot on the offensive line, giving him the versatility that the team covets among its protectors in the trenches. He also is so detail-oriented that he keeps spreadsheets of all of his opponents’ reps, which is one of the most “processy” things any prospect in any draft could do.
OL Dalton Risner
He and Harrison Phillips are extremely good friends...need we say more? Not to mention, “he just wants to destroy you on every play.”
DT Christian Wilkins
Wilkins is a stellar student and athlete, as he wrapped up his Bachelor’s degree in two-and-a-half years. He stayed in school for four years, however, completing his Master’s degree as he played out the rest of his NCAA eligibility. He also loves to play special teams, which he continued to do even when starting at defensive tackle at Clemson.
OL Kaleb McGary
The Washington offensive lineman has overcome serious adversity all throughout his life. He was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia and his father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When the family was unable to continue making payments on their farm, they were forced to live in and out of multiple RVs throughout his senior year of high school while they restored his mother’s childhood home. A fire burned that home partially down, and it also damaged one of the RVs. His strength, perseverance, and character all fit right in with Buffalo’s culture
WR Terry McLaurin
While not the best receiver at Ohio State, McLaurin is a technically sound player who also has tremendous character. McLaurin was coaching his opponents during the Senior Bowl, providing advice on how to better cover him and his moves. Another special-teams player, as well.
DE Chase Winovich
Winovich has an indefatigable work ethic, and he never takes a play off. Perhaps more than any other edge player, Winovich fits the type of motor the Bills covet in their defensive linemen.
C Lamont Gaillard
The Georgia center made 43 consecutive starts in his college career. He was a team captain and a mud wrestler, and NFL Network analyst Lance Zierlein described him as “tougher than old brisket and nasty as a finisher.” I can’t think of a better phrase to describe “The Process” than that!
Who else fits The Process, Bills fans?