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Mocking The Bills: Final mock before the start of free agency

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A.J. Epenesa adds some punch at defensive end

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The start of the legal tampering period in the NFL is just days away, and soon we will have a much better idea of what the draft needs really look like for the Buffalo Bills. That makes this the last mock draft we will post prior to free agency, when everything is sure to get a bit crazy.

Rather than explore any trade scenarios this week, I opted to stick with the original picks and see how things play out. Without further adieu, here is the latest four-round mock for Mocking The Bills.


First Round - Pick 22 - A.J. Epenesa EDGE (Iowa)

While some initial reactions following the combine have Epenesa dropping out of the first round, it feels like things have settled down recently with the talented pass rusher. If you still have questions on Epenesa’s ability, I would encourage you to read this article from SB Nation’s Stephen White. Epenesa has all of the intangibles someone like Bills head coach Sean McDermott loves, and fills a need along the defensive line. I could have considered a receiver at 22, but with such a deep class I decided that it could wait.

Second Round - Pick 54 - Brandon Aiyuk WR (Arizona State)

As you may have heard about a million times already, the 2020 draft class is deep at wide receiver. Aiyuk brings a blend of speed and athleticism to his game with a 4.5 40-yard dash and a 40” vertical at the combine. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares Aiyuk to Robert Woods, which is the type of player who would nicely complement John Brown.

Third Round - Pick 86 - Bryce Hall CB (Virginia)

Despite the recent signing of cornerback Josh Norman, I still would expect the Bills to address the position sometime on day two of the draft. Hall was the top-rated cornerback left on the board, and could develop into a starter early in his career in Buffalo. He is best suited to play in zone coverage, making him a fit for Sean McDermott’s defense.

Fourth Round - Pick 128 - Michael Pittman Jr. WR (USC)

I have no problem with the Bills doubling down at receiver in the draft. Pittman can be considered more of a possession receiver, and at 6’4” adds some much needed size to the Bills’ receiving corps. If he’s still around in the fourth round, I think he’s too good to pass up on.

This mock draft was once again conducted using the mock-draft simulator from The Draft Network.