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2020 NFL Draft: Getting younger at fullback

Patrick Dimarco’s time with the team may be coming to an end

Another member of the Buffalo Bills’ 2017 free-agent class, fullback Patrick DiMarco was signed to help the transition to Rick Dennison’s offense. Appearing in all 16 games, DiMarco helped LeSean McCoy and the rest of the team finish sixth overall in rushing that season. Ever since Dennison’s firing in the 2018 offseason, new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll seems to value the fullback position significantly less than his predecessor and DiMarco’s snap counts have shrunk over two seasons as a result.

While the veteran is still a stalwart special teams player and one of the leaders on the team, Buffalo can save about $1.8 million by moving on from their current fullback. If the team does choose that route, here are a few players they will be evaluating and selecting from in the upcoming draft.

Tier I

Connor Slomka (Army)

Any fullback hailing from one of the service academies is almost guaranteed to be physical and intelligent players on the field, and Slomka is no different. The 6’0”, 240-lb player has actually run for 658 yards and eight touchdowns in his career. When he moves to the NFL teams will look for him to transition to blocking full time. Although unlikely to be drafted due to his impending service, he may receive a waiver.

Tier II

Kelton Moore (Nevada)
Brady Ross (Iowa)

More of an H-Back prospect than a pure blocking fullback, at 5’11” and 240 lbs, Moore is actually a powerful runner and capable receiver. He’s been a productive target for Nevada, with career totals of 1424 rushing yards and 322 yards receiving. A typical Iowa player, Ross is a tough, hard-nosed player who transitioned from linebacker during his career as a Hawkeye. Ross was also a tremendous leader for his team, having been voted captain every week of the 2019 college season.