Trust me when I say that I know what you’re thinking.
Anthony, why would you even consider doing a mock draft for the Buffalo Bills before the start of free agency?
While I completely understand the question and logic that goes into this, the answer is fairly simple. Mock drafts are incredibly fun, and a way to become familiarized with prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Things will get a bit more specific for these picks once free agency kicks off, but for now it allows us to have some fun.
The mock was completed using the Mock Draft Machine courtesy of The Draft Network.
Pick 30 - Najee Harris RB Alabama
There are many fans who do not agree with taking a running back in the first round, but I can certainly be swayed when it comes to a late selection. Harris would immediately add an instant upgrade to Buffalo’s backfield with his powerful running style. But do not mistake this as a sign that the Bills would move away from having a passing offense, as Harris caught 43 passes for the Crimson Tide this season. The Bills are a Super Bowl contender, and adding Harris improves the team’s chances next season.
Pick 62 - Deonte Brown G Alabama
There are a few pieces in flux across the Bills’ offensive line, with Jon Feliciano and Darryl Williams set to become unrestricted free agents. If Feliciano commands big dollars on the open market, the Bills could look to add Brown to fill his spot at right guard. Brown has an aggressive style to his game, and I am completely enamored with the 6’3” guard that weighs in at 365 lbs.
Pick 93 - Israel Mukuamu CB South Carolina
The Bills’ defense could use some help too, and Mukuamu is a bit of a chess piece that defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier could certainly use. Mukuamu offers flexibility to play on the outside, in the slot, and in a hybrid linebacker/safety role. I need to study him a bit more to fully appreciate his flexibility, but I like what I have seen so far as a player who can help in multiple spots on defense.
Be sure to share your thoughts on the mock in the comments section below, and feel free to post your own selections for the Bills as well.