The Buffalo Bills went into the 2016 NFL Draft needing one of everything. Mostly, the Bills need help shoring up their porous defense. Their first three picks were defensive players. The big surprise was the choice of Ohio State quartback Cardale Jones, a long-term “project.” How did your favorite NFL team do in the Draft?
1-19: Shaq Lawson, ER, Clemson
Moments after drafting the 6’3″, 269-pound pass rusher and reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, general manager Doug Whaley announced that Lawson would start for the Bills in 2016, running opposite fellow edge rusher Jerry Hughes.
2-41: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Bills traded a fourth-round pick this year, plus a fourth-round pick next year, to move up eight spots to land Ragland, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He’ll also start for the team in 2016, next to Preston Brown.
3-80: Adolphus Washington, DL, Ohio State
A versatile 6’3″, 300-plus pound interior defensive lineman with polished pass rush ability, Washington has effort and consistency issues to work through, but should factor into the defensive line rotation heavily as a rookie.
4-139: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State
Buffalo rolled the dice on the big-name, big-talent Buckeye in the fourth round, but tempered immediate expectations by saying that he’ll spend the 2016 as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Tyrod Taylor and backup EJ Manuel.
5-156: Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas
He missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury, but that reportedly will not prevent him from missing time as a rookie. Williams is a light-footed 220-pound back with solid production and special teams capabilities as a potential third back.
6-192: Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
The Bills have been looking for a speed receiver to line up opposite Sammy Watkins, and the four-time All-American sprinter from TCU, Listenbee, is their latest attempt at finding that player. He’s very raw, but has potential.
6-218: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC
If you’re rolling the dice on a late-round pick, why not do so on a talented athlete? Seymour underwhelmed at USC, but near-6’0″ cornerbacks with 4.39-second 40-yard dash speed are not exactly easy to find.