After trading back out of the first overall pick and acquiring a haul of draft capital, the Buffalo Bills ultimately decided to address their most pressing need when they finally drafted at 27the overall, grabbing LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White. Now, as they turn their attention towards rounds two and three – where they’re in line to make three total picks – Buffalo still has a ton of needs to address, including wide receiver, right tackle, linebacker and even safety. Fortunately, there are plenty of elite level talents left to choose from in day two.
Here are 10 players the Bills could target in night two of the draft…
Cam Robinson, T Alabama
The fact that Robinson has fallen into the second day is pretty incredible, especially considering how top heavy this class of offensive lineman is. To know how talented Robinson is, look no further than the fact that he was a three-year starter at Alabama, a program generally filled with handfuls of NFL-ready prospects. This past season, as a junior, Robinson earned the Outland Trophy given to the nation’s top blocker. His massive 6-foot-6, 320-pound frame and surprisingly quick feet could be useful to the Bills, who desperately needs to shore up the right tackle position.
DeShone Kizer, QB Notre Dame
Let’s face it; unless you have a franchise quarterback, quarterback will always be your biggest need. Buffalo was hesitant to commit to Tyrod Taylor beyond the next two seasons and despite passing up the opportunity to draft a Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes at 10 last night, perhaps they’ll consider a quarterback in these next few rounds. Kizer possesses all the tools to be a successful NFL QB, but his desire to be great has been called into question.
Zach Cunningham, OLB Vanderbilt
In Sean McDermott’s 4-3 scheme, the linebacker play is so important and right now the Bills don’t really have a player who fits that rangey weakside linebacker role. Cunningham, by all accounts, could be that guy. He shows as a three-down linebacker and possesses the range needed to chase down opposing runners and drop into coverage. He’d be a great plug-and-play option for Buffalo.
Curtis Samuel, WR Ohio State
Right off the bat, the top three receivers in the class were gone before the Bills were even on the clock at with the 10th pick, and then ironically enough not a single receiver was taken the rest of the first round. That means heading into round two there are plenty of wide receiver talents to choose from, with Samuel being considered the best remaining. Ohio State used Samuel in a number of different ways, and that “do-it-all” versatility could certainly be useful to Buffalo.
Zay Jones, WR East Carolina
Jones falls in behind Samuel in regards to the remaining receiving talents. He may not possess the same versatility as Samuel, but with Jones, a team is getting a precise route runner and consistent pass catcher. Only 19 players in FBS history have eclipsed the 4,000-yard career receiving mark during their college tenure, Jones is one of them. He really burst on the scene at the Senior Bowl and his stock has only skyrocketed since. Would be a perfect compliment to the speedy Sammy Watkins in the Bills passing game.
Budda Baker, S Washington
Baker has that thing Sean McDermott emphasizes, versatility. He most often lined up as a single-high safety for Washington but did some work in the slot as a nickel cover man as well. At 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, some consider Baker to be a bit undersized for the NFL, however, he’s proven he can fly around and make plays at different levels of the defense.
Forrest Lamp, OL Western Kentucky
Oddly enough, only two offensive linemen came off the board in round one, which means a guy like Lamp will be a steal for someone in round two. The expectation is that Lamp – who spent the majority of time at tackle during his college tenure – is better suited to be an interior lineman in the NFL, but who’s to say a team can’t try him at the more familiar tackle spot?
Tyus Bowser, OLB Houston
Bowser, really transitioned into a role as an outside linebacker once Tom Herman took over the program in 2015, and thrived. In that transitional year he compiled 50 tackles and 5.5 sacks, only to improve as a pass rusher this past season when he racked up 47 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. His coverage skills could use some work, but Bowser is certainly a player the Bills could consider. Plus, it’s only fitting that Buffalo has a Bowser on the roster, after having a Mario for a few years.
Obi Melifonwu, S UConn
A four-year starter for the Huskies, Melifonwu is lightening fast and fearless in his pursuit of opposing ball carriers. Standing at 6-foot-4, 224 pounds, this guy packs a big punch when he flies up to make tackles. No question the Bills could use his physical prowess in the secondary.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Ohio State
Schuster isn’t the fastest receiver in the class of 2017 by any means. But what he lacks in speed he makes up for in smoothness and strength. At 215 pounds, he refuses to be pushed around by opposing defensive backs and bounces off would-be tacklers after making the catch. He would be another great option for Buffalo to trot out opposite of Sammy Watkins.
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