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Buffalo Bills Links, 4/10: Best CB fits for Buffalo to draft

Plus, what will be the fallout from Josh Allen’s expected contract extension.

The Buffalo Bills have been searching for that No. 2 cornerback to start opposite All-Pro Tre’Davious White, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we sort through the best possible cornerback fits for the Bills to draft with pick No. 30.

This list includes a pair of college standouts with NFL bloodlines: South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn and Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr., as well as Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II. All of these cornerbacks offer plenty of upside for the Bills and defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier’s defense, and we review why these cornerbacks would be a perfect fit for Buffalo. We also speculate on whether the Bills should play it safe or be aggressive with pick No. 30.

With quarterback Josh Allen entering his fourth year as Buffalo’s starter, and coming off an MVP-caliber 2020 season, we explore the fallout and ramifications for the team from Allen’s expected contract extension. We revisit Buffalo’s last three draft classes, examine how newly signed offensive lineman Forrest Lamp can help bolster Buffalo’s offensive line, hear why one NFL salary-cap expert says the Bills have the best front office in the league, and more!


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Breaking down the best CB fits for Buffalo to draft

Bills 2021 draft preview: The best cornerback fits for Buffalo’s defense – The Athletic
“The need isn’t a desperate one, but the No. 2 cornerback spot is a question mark, just as it has been in each offseason since Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane arrived in Buffalo,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Bills draft: Why CB Greg Newsome would be a great scheme fit - Democrat & Chronicle
“Why Northwestern CB Greg Newsome can thrive in Buffalo Bills defense,” writes Sal Maiorana.

If Bills go CB with pick No. 30, Asante Samuel has the pedigree - Democrat & Chronicle
“Florida State’s Asante Samuel Jr. — whose father played 11 years in the NFL — will be there at the bottom of the first round,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Should the Bills be cautious or aggressive with pick No. 30?

Bills’ NFL draft strategy: Play it safe or swing for the fences? - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
With a deep roster, the Bills can be flexible with the No. 30 pick. A cornerback might be sensible, but could they be tempted by RB Travis Etienne?

NFL draft preview: Bills stocked at wide receiver, but great year for depth | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“As many as five receivers could be drafted in the first round and up to 13 in the first two rounds, according to projections by WalterFootball.com,” writes Jason Wolf.

2021 Mock Draft Watch 8.0 - BuffaloBills.com
See who analysts think the Bills might draft at No. 30.

Fallout from Josh Allen’s expected contract extension

Bills Mailbag: What are ramifications of Josh Allen’s expected payday? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“You’ve got Buffalo Bills questions. I’ve got answers. Let’s go,” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills’ Josh Allen and Kyle Brandt talk contract, vaccines, Chiefs and ‘Sugar High Josh’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Josh Allen sounds as if he’s willing to be patient about receiving a long-term contract extension from the Bills,” writes Vic Carucci.

Hindsight is 20/20: Revisiting Buffalo’s last three draft classes

The Bills redraft: Grading — and upgrading — their last three draft classes – The Athletic
“Now that Brandon Beane has three drafts under his belt, we decided to re-grade each class and map out what those draft classes could have looked like in a perfect world,” writes Joe Buscaglia and Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Bills sign Forrest Lamp to bolster offensive line

Bills sign guard Forrest Lamp - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with offensive guard Forrest Lamp, the team announced on Wednesday,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Who is Bills’ Forrest Lamp? 5 things to know about new OL - newyorkupstate.com
Forrest Lamp joins the Bills after previously playing with the Chargers.

Greg Cosell on Forrest Lamp and OL prospects - BuffaloBills.com
“NFL Films senior producer/ESPN NFL Matchup host Greg Cosell analyzed new Bills OL Forrest Lamp, offensive line draft prospects and if Sam Darnold could find success with the Panthers on One Bills Live.”

Kudos for Buffalo’s front office

NFL cap expert: Bills front office is league’s best - WGR 550
“It’s hard to argue with Brandon Beane. When he became Buffalo Bills’ general manager, he inherited a brutal cap situation and roster bereft of upper-echelon talent. Four years later, he’s turned the Bills into a Super Bowl contender,” writes Alex Reimer.

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Plus, an under-the-radar player for the Bills who could have a breakout season.

Odds and ends

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“NFL officials are finally admitting that they blew a crucial call in the Buffalo Bills’ 22-19 overtime loss to the Houston Texans,” writes Ryan Talbot.

Rod Watson: Bills stadium deal makes Highmark brand memorable. But in what way? | Columnists | buffalonews.com
Many local organizations are asking the state to take another look at the deal they called “detrimental to our community.”

Kurt Warner: I Still Think Josh has Room to Grow - BuffaloBills.com
“Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner joined One Bills Live to discuss Josh Allen’s progression and the patience NFL teams must have with young quarterbacks.”

Terry Pegula’s net worth increases in Forbes’ annual billionaires list | Local News | buffalonews.com
“According to Forbes, the 20 richest owners controlling major league sports have a combined net worth of $426 billion, up 60% from a year ago.”

Bills free agent safety Dean Marlowe signs with Detroit Lions, thanks Buffalo | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Marlowe had played his entire career under Sean McDermott, either with the Carolina Panthers or the Bills.”