Buffalo Bills Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Buffalo Bills Draft Preview and schedule.
Buffalo Bills Draft Preview
Top Needs: Right Tackle, Defensive Line, Wide Receiver, Linebacker, Kicker
Draft Picks: Round 1 (19), Round 2 (49), Round 3 (80), Round 4 (117), Round 5 (156), Round 6 (192)
After finishing at 8-8 a season ago and failing to make the playoffs, the Bills need to have a strong draft to put themselves in position to contend in the AFC East next season. Tyrod Taylor was a pleasant surprise and looks to be the franchise guy moving forward. The offense was not much of an issue in 2015. The majority of this teams’ problems are on the defensive side of the ball. With a coach well known for his defense in Rex Ryan, look for the Bills to go defense-heavy in this draft.
The Bills desperately need someone dependable at right tackle. Unfortunately for them, the premier linemen will be gone before they pick at 19 and the rest are not quite worth a first round pick. On the contrary, if there was ever a year to have needs on the defensive line, this is it. A couple guys the Bills can grab in the first round to anchor that defensive front are Jaran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson, both from Alabama. These are both first round guys, it just depends who is higher on their board.
Adding a linebacker or two will not hurt at all. A couple guys that can come in the second or third rounds are Joshua Perry from Ohio State and Kyler Fackrell from Utah State. Frackrell has experience both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage, so he may be more appealing to Ryan and company. Perry gets overlooked often due to the outstanding number of stars of that Buckeyes’ team. He is a high motor guy who makes a statement every time he brings a ball carrier down.
In the later stages of the draft, don’t be surprised to see the Bills pick up a receiver to replace Percy Harvin and some offensive line help. DeMarcus Robinson out of Florida is a receiver who to keep an eye on. He was the leading receiver of the Gators, but was often suspended due to failed drug tests which will make his stock fall. He is a guy who excels after the catch as he is not satisfied with just a reception. He can complement Sammy Watkins nicely.
An offensive linemen will come somewhere in the middle rounds or even sooner, but for the most part this draft looks to be defensively dominant for the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo Bills’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Week 2: Sept. 15, New York Jets (Thu), 8:25
Week 3: Sept. 25, Arizona Cardinals, 1
Week 4: Oct. 2, at New England Patriots, 1
Week 5: Oct. 9, at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25
Week 6: Oct. 16, San Francisco 49ers, 1
Week 7: Oct. 23, at Miami Dolphins, 1
Week 8: Oct. 30, New England Patriots, 1
Week 9: Nov. 7, at Seattle Seahawks (Mon), 8:30
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Nov. 20, at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Week 12: Nov. 27, Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Week 13: Dec. 4, at Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Week 14: Dec. 11, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Week 15: Dec. 18, Cleveland Browns, 1
Week 16: Dec. 24, Miami Dolphins (Sat), 1
Week 17: Jan. 1, at New York Jets, 1
(Buffalo Bills Draft Preview)