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Mocking The Bills: Buffalo gets explosive at defensive end

The Bills go defense in the first two rounds

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Welcome to Mocking The Bills, a series of mock drafts that will take place here leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas. While the combine and free agency are still weeks away, it’s never too early to consider some of the options available to Brandon Beane and the Buffalo Bills.

Our inaugural edition will cover the first four selections for the team, thanks to the mock-draft machine from The Draft Network. If you have not tried the mock-draft machine yet I would encourage you to do so, and share your picks below.

First Round—Pick 22—K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

While I gave some consideration to Laviska Shenault, Jr. and Yetur Gross-Matos, there is no way I could pass up Chaisson. Draft evaluators gush over his burst off the edge, his ability to defend against the run, and the fact that he still has room to grow as a pass rusher. An ACL injury caused him to miss the 2018 season, which could raise enough concerns that he could slip to the Bills at number 22.

Second Round—Pick 54—Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

Deciding to wait on a wide receiver backfired a bit, as a run on quality second-round prospects left me looking at other positions. With my assumption that Jordan Phillips will be leaving the Bills via free agency, I was happy to select Blacklock with the second-round pick. Blacklock offers versatility at defensive tackle—a trait valued by head coach Sean McDermott.

Third Round—Pick 86—Zack Moss, RB, Utah

Moss was the highest-rated player available on the board, but also fits the bill as the complimentary back the Bills need to pair with Devin Singletary. At 5’10” and 222 lbs, Moss is a punishing runner on tape and could offer some versatility to Buffalo’s run game.

Fourth Round—Pick 118—Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

If you were not aware, the Buffalo Bills do not have the tallest receiving corps in the NFL. Enter 6’6” Collin Johnson from Texas with the team’s fourth-round pick. Expectations would need to be in check for a rookie receiver selected in the fourth round, but Johnson could give Josh Allen a dangerous red-zone target in 2020.

Mocking The Bills will continue each week leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. be sure to share your thoughts and mock-draft selections in the comments section below.