Each week when I put together Mocking The Bills, I look to provide a different scenario for Buffalo Bills fans to consider. Some of the options were well received by our readers, while others may not have been universally loved (to put things nicely). What I had hoped would come out of the exercise, was a bit of trial and error in identifying my perfect draft haul.
As I worked toward developing a final mock for 2020, I found myself struggling to come up with an ideal scenario this year. There are so many talented players who could be available at pick 54, and I regularly flip-flop from week to week on what I think the Bills should do. This is likely a good problem to have, as the roster is in such a different place than it has been in years past. There is truly no glaring need on the team, which has led to some flexibility with draft picks.
Taking this depth into account, I still struggled in developing this final mock. Rather than opting for one of the scenarios I had developed, I figured it would be best to turn to the fans to weigh in on the draft haul you like best. Take a look at the four options below, and be sure to vote in the poll making your choice. Feel free to share your comments as well, along with the picks that you would have made.
Option 1 - Running Backs Matter
Picks - J.K. Dobbins (2nd, RB, Ohio State), Darrell Taylor (3rd, EDGE, Tennessee), Lynn Bowden (4th, WR, Kentucky), Harrison Hand (5th, CB, Temple)
While the debate continues online if the Bills should take a running back at 54, this option has them taking the leap with J.K. Dobbins. Taylor provides some youth at defensive end, while Bowden and Hand provide valuable depth for 2020.
Option 2 - The Family Affair
Picks - Trevon Diggs (2nd, CB, Alabama), Cam Akers (3rd, RB, Florida State), Anfernee Jennings (4th, DE, Alabama) Isaiah Hodgins (5th, WR, Oregon State)
Diggs is a popular option at corner for the Bills, and he also happens to be the brother of newly acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Akers can have an immediate impact at RB2, and Jennings shows plenty of potential at EDGE. Hodgins brings size to the receiving corps in Buffalo.
Option 3 - The Shenault Situation
Picks - Laviska Shenault Jr. (2nd, WR, Colorado), Bryce Hall (3rd, CB, Virginia), Zack Moss (4th, RB, Utah), Jonathan Garvin (5th, EDGE, Miami)
Shenault might not have an overwhelming impact as WR4, but his playmaking ability makes him a value in the second round. Hall can compete for the CB2 spot, while Moss could contribute right away as RB2. Garvin is a young developmental end who could develop as a rookie.
Option 4 - The Defender
Picks - Jeremy Chinn (2nd, Defense, Southern Illinois), Chase Claypool (3rd, WR, Notre Dame), Michael Ojemudia (4th, CB, Iowa), AJ Dillon (5th, RB, Boston College)
I’m not quite sure of what position Chinn would play in Buffalo, but I would love to find out. Chinn has the flexibility to play in the slot, at linebacker and as a safety—making him a Swiss army knife on defense. Claypool, Ojemudia and Dillon could all be major contributors as rookies.
Which draft haul do you like the best?
This poll is closed
Running Backs Matter
The Family Affair
The Shenault Situation
Thanks for following along with Mocking The Bills this offseason, and be sure to share your comments below.