The Buffalo Bills proved their skeptics wrong in 2019. They finished 10-6 and earned a playoff birth leading to the picking 22nd in the upcoming draft.
Now through the NFL draft in April, Empire Writes Back will compile data from various mock drafts. Rather than our readers chase across the internet for who the Buffalo Bills will pick, EWB gives you the consensus.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, we will do this semi-monthly. The sources may change a bit from article to article, but they are credible. This month we used 24 different mock drafts from sources such as CBS Sports, NBC Sports, NFL.com, ESPN – Todd McShay, USA Today Draftwire, Newsday, Tankathon, The Sporting News, The Athletic, San Diego Tribune, Pro Football Focus, Sports Illustrated, Draftsite.com, and Walter Football.
2019 was a pleasant surprise for the Buffalo Bills. They rebounded from a dismal 6-10 record in the previous season to finish 10-6 and capture an AFC Wildcard slot. This is shaping up to be a good draft for Buffalo to get help in the positions where they need it even though they pick 22nd. The question is where do the Buffalo Bills need help the most?
A strong defense which held opponents to 298.2 yards (third-best in the NFL) and a miserly second-fewest 16.2 points per game led the way for the Buffalo Bills. Even so, they could have done a better job putting heat on opposing quarterbacks. Buffalo sacked QB’s 44 times (12th). No Bills player had double-digit sacks, Jordan Phillips led the way with 9.5 and only one other player had more than five (Shaq Lawson, 6.5).
Last year’s third-round pick Devin Singletary made an unexpected impact while sharing the running back job with future Hall-of-Famer Frank Gore. The rookie picked up 5.1 yards-per-carry totaling 775 yards.
Quarterback Josh Allen stepped up in his sophomore season, improving in every passing stat. Part of that had to do with the arrival of wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley. Still another big-play receiver could really open up the offense.
Even without a high pick, Bills GM Brandon Beane can make big significant improvements to an already good team.