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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/29: Grading Buffalo’s free-agency moves

Plus, evaluating who the Bills could draft with the 30th pick.

The Buffalo Bills have brought back most of their key internal free agents this offseason, retaining linebacker Matt Milano, right tackle Daryl Williams, guard Jon Feliciano, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, cornerback Levi Wallace, and special teams ace Taiwan Jones. The Bills also addressed their areas of need in free agency by signing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, punter Matt Haack, backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, tight end Jacob Hollister, running back Matt Breida and more.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we review a busy offseason for the Bills and hand out grades for every move made by general manager Brandon Beane.

We also review the latest NFL mock drafts to see who the experts see Buffalo taking, explore the injury risks associated with talented Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, discuss why the Bills shouldn’t spend pick No. 30 on a running back, take a look at the state of the defensive line, explore why the Bills have a looming problem with pass rushers in 2022, and more!


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Additional Headlines from the web

Grading Buffalo’s moves in free agency

Inside the Bills: Grading every move in free agency thus far | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
The Bills have retained their most important free agents, while at the same time finding a way to add to the roster from the outside.

NFL analysts offer these grades on Buffalo’s 2021 free agency moves - BuffaloBills.com
Bills receive high marks for their activity in the 2021 free agent market.

Speculating how the Bills will address needs through the draft

Bills 7-round mock draft: Here are 2 different routes for Buffalo to take – The Athletic
To illustrate the Bills’ options in this draft, Matthew Fairburn and Joe Buscaglia came up with two entirely different classes. (Subscription required).

2021 Mock Draft Watch 6.0 - BuffaloBills.com
See who analysts think the Bills will pick with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bills Mailbag: Evaluating who might be available late in the first round | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Welcome to this week’s Bills Mailbag. Let’s open it right up …

Bills draft prospect Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech brings medical concerns - Sports Illustrated Buffalo Bills News, Analysis and More
Could Caleb Farley fall to the Bills in the first round of the NFL Draft?

Why taking a running back in the first round has become a rarity

First-round running back for Bills? What history and analytics say about the idea | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Only 14 running backs have been picked in the first round in the past 10 NFL drafts, much less than most positions,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Why drafting a running back in the first round makes little sense for Bills - Democrat & Chronicle
With both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss returning, the Bills probably won’t, and shouldn’t, spend a first-round pick on a running back.

Odds and ends

Bills restructure Tre’Davious White’s contract to get more salary cap space | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The change created $7.568 million in salary cap space and reduced White’s cap hit to $6.8 million.”

Dion Dawkins says it’s time for Buffalo Bills era in AFC - WGR 550
Bills franchise left tackle Dion Dawkins says it’s time for the New England Patriots to step aside, because it’s Buffalo’s era now in the AFC.

Greg Cosell on Bills Signings & DE Prospects - BuffaloBills.com
“NFL Films senior producer/ESPN NFL Matchup host Greg Cosell analyzed the Dolphins pair of trades Friday, the Bills recent signings and defensive end prospects on One Bills Live.”

Bills’ Isaiah McKenzie gets paid in candy by Bills Mafia member - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills’ offensive weapon said the team could have paid him in candy. One fan made sure that came to fruition.

Buffalo’s Isaiah McDuffie draws praise at Boston College pro day | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“‘I’ll say I’m happy with my performance,’ McDuffie said on a conference call with reporters. ‘At the end of the day, my goal was 4.5s, and I felt like I hit that goal.’,” writes Mark Gaughan.