Buffalo Bills three-round 2020 mock draft compilation 3.0 – Post-combine

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The Buffalo Bills proved the doubters wrong in 2019. They finished 10-6 and earned a playoff birth leading to the picking 22nd in the upcoming NFL draft.

Now through the NFL draft on April 23, Empire Writes Back will compile data from mock drafts across the internet. Rather than our readers chase all over cyberspace for who the Buffalo Bills will pick, EWB gives you the consensus.

These compilation mocks run semi-monthly to take advantage of trends, prospect news, and team needs. The sources may change a bit from article to article, but they are credible. This month we used 26 different mock drafts from sources such as Walter Football, Pro Football Focus, ESPN – Todd McShay, NFL.com, The Sporting News, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Tankathon, USA Today Draftwire, Athalon, The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, Draftsite.com, San Diego Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Toronto Sun, Bleacher Report, Washington Post, Draft Geek, and The Draft Network.

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 team with 9.5 and only one other player had more than five (Shaq Lawson, 6.5).

On offense, the rushing game was a bright spot averaging 128.4 yards per game, good for eighth in the NFL. 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.