The Buffalo Bills checked off their biggest need on Thursday night by adding 3-technique defensive tackle Ed Oliver. With the second and third rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft tonight, plenty of talented names remain on the board. The Bills, at pick 40, will have their choice of prospects from any one of their positions of need. Below, we have a list of 25 players who could help this team on day two of the draft. Who is your favorite?
Byron Murphy, Washington
The first two players on this list should expect to hear their names called very soon tonight. Murphy doesn’t have the speed to fit every scheme, but every other aspect of his game is top notch. A great all-around corner.
Greedy Williams, LSU
Williams has outstanding potential as a lock-down coverage corner. He comes from a defensive-back factory in Louisiana. He has size and athleticism. The only issue is that he took plays off and let his emotions affect his on-field performance during games—and that will bother teams.
Julian Love, Notre Dame
Love reminds me so much of Tre’Davious White. 5’11” and 195 lbs, a good athlete, he has excellent technique and great read-and-react against his opponents. With 4.55 speed, he doesn’t fit every scheme, but I think he’s perfect for Buffalo’s.
Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
Bunting, who left the Chippewas after two seasons of starts because his head coach was fired, is an extremely fluid mover. He visited the Bills pre-draft, and they may be interested in how he can add his ball skills (nine career INTs) to their defense.
Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
Another pre-draft visitor, Oruwariye has excellent length for a cornerback at 6’2” and 205 lbs. He was also a dynamic athlete at the Combine. He only started one season in college, but that play was impressive enough to have teams take notice.
Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
A two-time state champion wrestler, Ya-Sin spent most of his career at FCS Presbyterian College before transferring to Temple as a graduate student. Excellent length on a 6’0” 192-lb frame with 32” arms. Coaches absolutely love him, and he plays hard on every rep, but there’s a belief that he needs to develop his coverage technique before he’s ready to start.
Jawaan Taylor, Florida
A knee injury or condition reportedly caused Taylor to slip out of the first round of the draft. However, Ian Rapoport reports he’s planning to stay in Nashville and expects to be drafted tonight, so it can’t be too bad. If healthy, Taylor is a dominant run blocker with great balance.
Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Ford may have slipped in the draft due to concerns about his ability to play at tackle. A similar draft day fall hit Cordy Glenn in 2012. Whether he’s at guard or tackle, teams will receive a powerful run blocker who moves better than you think he can.
Dalton Risner, Kansas State
I’m a little surprised the versatile Risner wasn’t a tail-of-the-first-round selection. That’s usually what the NFL goes for. He can play all five positions on the offensive line, has great technique, and is an extremely hard worker who wants to drive players into the dirt on every play.
Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
The Bills have loaded up with guards and tackles, but the only centers on the roster are Mitch Morse and Russell Bodine. McCoy started 36 games at center for the Aggies. He has great play strength and intelligence—good qualities to have. He could start at guard while waiting in the wings.
Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
Jenkins, who has played both center and guard, had a great week at the Senior Bowl. The 6’4” 315-lb lineman is another high-ceiling backup plan for Morse.
Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Butler wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, as most draft analysts had him pegged as a day-two prospect. But the 6’5” 227-lb wide receiver has experience in the slot or outside, and his potential outranks many of the names on this list.
D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
Whether due to concerns about his neck injury, his change-of-direction ability, or his short resume, Metcalf fell out of the first round. He’s moved from “luxury pick” status to a position where you might be drafting a valuable prospect with upside.
A.J. Brown, Mississippi
Brown was one of the most productive receivers in the SEC for the last few years, and can play in the slot or outside. A great route runner, he can also earn yards after the catch thanks to his thick build.
Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
Samuel battled injuries during his career, but during his healthy season this year he was an all-around threat at the position. He has speed, route-running technique, physicality—you name it. He’s like a 5’11” version of Robert Woods.
Parris Campbell, Ohio State
Lightning bolt Marquise Brown was the first wideout drafted, and his speed will be welcomed by Lamar Jackson. Outside of Metcalf, the next speed threat is Campbell, who routinely broke open massive gains last year for the Buckeyes. He’s not a traditional deep threat, though—most of his work is done on crossing routes or screen passes. Think of him as a souped-up slot receiver in the mold of Isaiah McKenzie.
Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State
If Butler isn’t the selection, the next-best big bodied receiver might be Harmon. He dominates at the catch point and is a savvy route runner. That said, he isn’t as good an athlete as these other guys, so separation might be more of a challenge.
Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
The wildcard. 6’1” 205-lb McLaurin had 35 catches for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns this year for the Buckeyes. He was a secondary option in a high-octane offense. However, he has 4.3 speed, is a special-teams demon, has a fantastic personality, and his route-running technique is excellent. Teams will love him.
Irv Smith Jr, Alabama
Brian Daboll will be intimately familiar with Smith’s potential, good or bad. The 6’3” 243-lb Smith has great play strength, and he’s a strong route runner who can get open around the field. Though he’s versatile, he didn’t test as a great athlete at the Combine, and he doesn’t have the ideal size of other candidates.
Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
6’4” 251-lb Sternberger was a Bills’ pre-draft visitor. He’s athletic, especially running after the catch, and he adds a nice catch radius to his portfolio. However, he doesn’t have much experience with blocking—not to say he can’t do it.
Dawson Knox, Mississippi
A bit of a forgotten man at Ole Miss, surrounded by all those talented receivers. Knox is a great athlete, and though he only had 15 catches this year, they averaged 18.9 yards per catch. His size and character are also positive traits, but he’s really more of a moldable project because the Rebels barely used him in his career.
Chase Winovich, Michigan
Winovich plays with his hair on fire. He has a wide array of pass-rush moves and has the strength to hold up at the point of attack. At 6’3” and 256 lbs with short arms, he doesn’t fit every pass-rusher profile, but underestimate him at your own risk.
Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
Ferguson definitely fits the Bills’ defensive end prototype, at 6’4” and 270 lbs with 34.5” arms. He is the FBS career-sack-record-holder with 45. Super strong and springy, there are legitimate concerns about his ability to bend around the edge. He’s more of a power end, but also has a set of pass rush moves to still be effective in that arena.
Christian Miller, Alabama
An excellent athlete with great size for an edge rusher, Miller was buried in Alabama’s roster for most of his career, then lost time due to injuries. He has some great rush moves, the ability to turn the corner, and the range to drop into coverage. He needs to build up his strength and stay healthy.
Jachai Polite, Florida
He has the film of a top-ten prospect, but everything else in his profile was not good. Polite just has a knack for turning the corner, dipping and ripping, or countering back inside. At the Combine and his pro day, though, he tested like one of the worst athletes at his position. He blamed the testing on a hamstring pull, which scouts didn’t exactly buy. He also turned off teams with his interviews. The last edge rusher I can think of with this profile was Tim Williams, who was a third-round pick. That’s probably Polite’s ceiling now.