A lot has certainly changed for the Buffalo Bills over the past two weeks, as the team was successful in retaining their key unrestricted free agents. With the return of Matt Milano, Daryl Williams, and Jon Feliciano, the Bills can consider a number of options in the first round.
Last time we did this exercise, Bills fans selected Zaven Collins at 30—but this was before Milano had signed his contract extension in Buffalo. There are some new choices below, so make your selection and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Travis Etienne RB Clemson
It was nice to see the Bills add Matt Breida at running back this week, but please don’t be fooled into thinking this takes Etienne off the board at pick 30. Etienne is one of the best playmakers in the draft, and can be an effective weapon in the pass game. This pick would likely mean Devin Singletary gets traded for an early day-three selection in the draft, as Etienne would be paired with Zack Moss in the backfield.
Gregory Rousseau EDGE Miami
The Bills could use an upgrade when rushing the passer, and Rousseau is a combination of raw athleticism and plenty of upside. He opted out of the 2020 season, following a 15.5-sack season in 2019. This would be a pick with loads of potential who could be an eventual starter for the Bills
Christian Barrmore IDL Alabama
The needs at defensive tackle are not talked about as such for the Bills. The return of Star Lotulelei will help, but he’s certainly in the twilight of his career. Harrison Phillips is in the last year of his contract, as is Vernon Butler. Barrmore has flashed big-play ability, but needs to develop more consistency. He just completed his sophomore season, so there is still plenty of room for growth.
Eric Stokes CB Georgia
Stokes would likely be a day-one starter for the Bills, moving into the CB2 spot opposite of Tre’Davious White. Stokes had an outstanding pro day, solidifying him as a first-round prospect. The Bills have not invested an early pick at cornerback since drafting White, but it may be time for an upgrade prior to the 2021 season.
Creed Humphrey IOL Oklahoma
The Bills may need to do some succession planning along the interior offensive line—and Humphrey would be a great fit. He could serve as an eventual replacement for Mitch Morse, and could challenge for either of the starting guard spots. If selected he may not be a major contributor in 2021, but could be a key starter for 2022 and beyond.
Who would you select at 30?
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