Round 3: Pick 86- RB Zack Moss
The Buffalo Bills consider Moss a great value pick in the third round as GM Brandon Beane reported after the draft, he was looking to trade up to draft Moss.
They ultimately didn’t need to trade up to get Moss, and many analysts consider it a steal for Buffalo.
Zack Moss is 5’9 and weighs 223 pounds. Although Moss isn’t the fastest player, running the 40-yard dash in 4.65, he is a power runner who will punish defensive players.
Moss was quoted saying “I like to be physical and try to have defenses have to make a lot of business decisions when they’re making tackles against me.”
Moss likes to punish defenders and for a player who likes contact as much as he does, his most impressive stat may be that he didn’t fumble once last season, and only had six fumbles in his four-year college career.
The Bills already have a promising young running back in Devin Singletary who burst onto the scene last year, and Moss seems to be a perfect complementary piece for the Bills.
Singletary is more of a finesse back while Moss is a power back, and this combination could make the Bills have one of the best backfields in the NFL this season.
I expect Moss to get his share of carries this season and instead of being a typical “backup.” Buffalo will consider it more as a 1A and 1B option between the two backs. I believe the Bills could look at how the Saints managed their team when they had Kamara and Ingram, and the Bills could try and emulate that.
Round 4: Pick 128- WR Gabriel Davis
Davis is a big body receiver with a ton of upside and potential. The 6’2 receiver consistently produced at UCF finishing his career with 152 catches, 2,447 yards, and 23 touchdowns.
His numbers increasingly got better each year, and Davis’ skills continued to develop.
Davis will immediately have to fight for a spot on the Bills roster, as there are only a few wide receiver positions open for Buffalo.
The Bills’ top three receivers will be Stefon Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley. This most likely leaves three open spots between Davis, Isaiah Hodgins, Andre Roberts, Isaiah McKenzie, and Duke Williams. Andre Roberts is the Bills return man, making him almost a lock to make the team.
With only two spots open for Buffalo, it’s going to be a tough challenge for Davis to make the team, but I expect him to impress in training camp, and get one of the last couple spots at wide receiver.
I don’t expect him to see many snaps his rookie season unless there are injuries in front of him, but I could see Buffalo using him in the red zone to try and give Josh Allen a bigger target.
Round 6: Pick 207- WR Isaiah Hodgins
Hodgins is another big body receiver. At 6’4 he offers a very similar skillset as Davis does.
Hodgins’ biggest strengths are his hands, and the ability to high point a ball, and go up and get it. Hodgins offers Allen another big weapon, where he can throw the ball up and have Hodgins go make a play.
Like Davis, Hodgins has a tough test to make the team and win a wide receiver spot. Although I do like the potential in Hodgins, if the Bills only keep six receivers, I don’t expect him to make the team.
I believe Buffalo wants to give Duke Williams more of a chance, and I think Hodgins will be the seventh wide receiver and will end up on the practice squad. I expect Hodgins to continue to get better while on the practice squad and to be a future impact player for the Bills.
Round 5: Pick 167- QB Jake Fromm
Many people were surprised by this pick, as the Bills already have a promising young quarterback in Josh Allen. Brandon Beane explained that Fromm wasn’t in Buffalo’s “original plans,” but he was “sticking out” to them when he was still there in the fifth round.
Quarterback is such a premium position in the NFL, and regardless of how good your starter is, it’s important to have a capable backup in case of injury. In Fromm’s case, he was one of the smartest, if not the smartest quarterback in the draft, scoring a 34 on the Wonderlic test for quarterbacks.
Fromm could offer Buffalo and Josh Allen his smarts and IQ on the game, and be a very important backup quarterback. Although Allen has more time in the league, he could pick Fromm’s brain and develop into an even better quarterback.
Fromm will have to compete with Barkley to be the Bills backup, and although Buffalo likes Barkley, and he’s got a good relationship with Allen, I expect Fromm to win this job.
Fromm will impress with his football IQ, and become the backup quarterback to Josh Allen.
Round 6: Pick 188- K Tyler Bass
Another pick that from the outside may confuse some fans considering the Bills have Stephen Hauschka.
Haushka is now 34 years old, and his leg isn’t getting any stronger. Hauschka is very accurate from within 50 yards, going 21/23 last year, but he doesn’t have much power beyond 50, going 1/5 last year.
Bass is just as accurate as Hauschka from within 50 yards, kicking at a rate of 93% from 30-50 yards his senior year of college. Bass will also offer more power than Hauschka for longer kicks. Bass is also great on kickoffs, only allowing nine returns all season his senior year.
I believe Bass will impress during camp and win the starting kicking job from Hauschka.