As the NFL offseason crawls forward, it’s time for another edition of Mocking The Bills. In this week’s mock draft, I’m going to make a few assumptions for the Buffalo Bills before diving into the picks.
Where things stand today, I have a feeling that Matt Milano has played his last game for the Bills. I have no insider information, and it’s nothing more than a hunch—but I feel the asking price will be too high for general manager Brandon Beane. A.J. Klein will take the starting spot with Milano’s departure, where he filled in admirably during the 2020 season.
With that being said, I do think the Bills will be able to retain Jon Feliciano and Darryl Williams. This might come at the expense of some other contracts being restructured, but I think the Bills value the consistency along the offensive line. Feliciano and Williams will return to a starting unit that includes Dion Dawkins (LT), Cody Ford (LG, and Mitch Morse (C).
As you will see below, I compiled this three-round draft with the help of The Draft Network’s mock draft machine. Be sure to share your thoughts below, as well as your own mock draft selections.
Pick #30 - Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
The hypothetical departure of Milano obviously puts the Bills in a position to find his long-term replacement. Klein can relieve the pressure to start the rookie too soon, but it would only be a matter of time before Collins is the full-time starter. The Tulsa product has success against the run, defending the pass, and rushing the quarterback.
Pick #62 - Landon Dickerson OL Alabama
If it was not for a knee injury in December, Dickerson would have likely been a first-round selection. An excellent leader with the ability to play guard or center, the Bills are in no rush to get Dickerson into the starting line-up. Dickerson would provide immediate depth at three positions, and could be the eventual starter if the Bills move on from Mitch Morse.
Pick #93 - Tyler Shelvin DT LSU
Just in case you missed the 2020 season, the absence of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was noticeable when defending the run. Shelvin immediately becomes the heir apparent at one-technique, and provides insurance should Lotulelei opt out of the 2021 season.