Buffalo Bills: Final Grades for 2020 NFL Draft

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How did the Buffalo Bills do this weekend at the NFL Draft? EWB gives our post-draft grades to GM Brandon Beane and his staff.

There are two ways to look at the Buffalo Bills 2020 NFL draft class. The first is based on the players they drafted on Friday and Saturday. The second includes their acquisition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings for a package of draft picks, including the Bills first-rounder, which would have been 22nd overall. At the end, we will give a final grade for both criteria.

Entering the weekend, Buffalo, like every other team, had some holes on the roster. Among them were edge rusher/ defensive end, cornerback, offensive line, and running back. There were certainly good players available to help them fill their voids, even without a number one pick.

The NFL Draft began Thursday night. Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott, and everyone else that is involved with Buffalo Bills player personnel decisions watched at home, like the rest of America.

The usual hype and ceremony that the NFL shows when they put on an event of this magnitude didn’t happen, as much of the country sheltered in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s draft was held virtually. Minicams were placed in the homes of NFL coaches and GMs, as well as prospective draft candidates. League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced each team’s first-round draft pick’s from the comfort of his basement.

As top players came off the board, the Buffalo brain trust revised their draft board. Less than 24 hours later, the Bills were able to join in the proceedings.

How did the Buffalo Bills do? We go pick by pick and grade each selection.