If we look at the Bills current regime there are 2 drafts to evaluate. And while Brandon Beane was not yet a part of the team during the 2017 NFL Draft, we know that Beane and McDermott are cut out of the same cloth and have a similar approach to building a team.
Rd 1- 27th overall: Tre’Davious White
Rd 2- 37th overall: Zay Jones
Rd 2- 63rd overall: Dion Dawkins
Rd 5- 163rd overall: Matt Milano
Rd 5- 171 overall: Nathan Peterman
Rd 6- 195 overall: Tanner Vallejo
Rd 1- 7th overall: Josh Allen
Rd 1- 18th overall: Tremaine Edmunds
Rd 3- 96th overall: Harrison Phillips
Rd 4- 121st overall: Taron Johnson
Rd 5- 156th overall: Siran Neal
Rd 5- 166th overall: Wyatt Teller
Rd 6- 187th overall: Ray-Ray McCloud
Rd 7- 265th overall: Austin Proehl
One thing that sticks out to me right off the top is the success that the Bills have had with their 3 first round picks. That is something that the Bills did not have during the length of the drought, and that was one of the main reasons why the drought went on for as long as it did. Another important piece of information is the amount of drafted players that played/were exposed to 4 years of collegiate football. Those players are: White, Jones, Dawkins, Milano, Peterman, Vallejo, Allen, Phillips, Johnson, Neal, Teller, and Prohel.
In the two drafts since hiring Sean McDermott 12 of the 14 players drafted fit that description. Their entire 2017 draft played 4 years of college football. The only exceptions this past year were Edmunds and McCloud. Edmunds was ready to come out early and was seen as one of the best linebacker prospects in the draft last year. McCloud’s inexperience showed throughout training camp and then in the few games that he appeared in.
So when looking for a clue on who the Bills might target tonight, knowing that Beane has stated that they are going to take the best-player available, if the Bills are to go with yet another 4-year player, I would think it would be one of the following players:
Josh Allen (Edge), Andre Dillard (OT), Christian Wilkins (DT), Garrett Bradbury (OT), Montez Sweat (Edge)
Do the Bills continue their trend of 4 year players? Or do they break their trend because of the depth and talent level in this draft? We will find out in just a few hours.
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