Bills Draft Day Three
The Buffalo Bills entered the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft with five selections. Buffalo has been going about their business quietly during this draft. The Bills were without a first-round pick because of the Stefon Diggs trade.
In rounds 2 and 3, the Bills drafted Defensive End A.J. Epenesa and Running Back Zack Moss. However, neither player is under pressure to start immediately. Epenesa gives Buffalo flexibility and depth upfront on their defensive line. Moss will work in tandem with star runner Devin Singletary. It’s an excellent position that the Bills franchise is in—a contending team with very few glaring holes.
Buffalo is in this position because of the work done in the last few years in the draft. The Bills have their core roster in place, all set to make a championship run. The team is looking to add to what is already in place.
The Buffalo Bills selected UCF Wide Receiver Gabriel Davis with the 128th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
One of the Bills needs at wide receiver is size. With John Brown, Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs locked in as the teams’ three top targets at receiver. Gabriel Davis (6/2 216) provides Buffalo, size, speed, and upside. A first-team All-ACC receiver, Davis is coming off a monster 2019 season, where he recorded 72 receptions, 1,241 yards, 17 yards per catch, and twelve touchdowns. On the heels of that type of production. Davis declared early for the draft, but his limited route tree hindered his prospects of being selected sooner. Buffalo is the perfect location for Gabriel. Like Epenesa and Moss in rounds two and three, Davis is on a team where he won’t have to start immediately.
The Buffalo Bills selected Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm with the 167th selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Sometimes in an NFL Draft. The board forces you into a direction that you may not have anticipated going in. Buffalo had the Quarterback position on their radar, but the likelihood of Jake Fromm being the QB, that the Bills landed was extremely slim.
Many experts feel that Jake Fromm is best suited as a game manager on the next level. Because of his physical limitations as a thrower. Fromm’s intelligence and knowledge, and his winning ways at Georgia, serve him best as a backup Quarterback. Fromm is in the ideal situation behind Josh Allen in Buffalo. Fromm can be the type of game manager that can win you games off the bench. His high character will be an asset in the Bills locker room.
The Buffalo Bills selected Georgia Southern Kicker Tyler Bass with the 188th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Anytime you draft a kicker, it comes with criticism, but it also comes with higher expectations. Tyler Bass had a good career at Georgia Southern. He was highly efficient kicking between 30 and 50 yards. (93 percent). The questions with Bass is his lack of experience kicking long-range (career-long 50 yards) and kicking in inclement weather. Although, many experts believe that Bass has the leg strength to kick 60-yard field goals. The selection of Tyler Bass calls into question the job security of veteran Stephen Hauschka.
The Buffalo Bills selected Oregon State Wide Receiver Isaiah Hodgins with the No. 207th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The second time in this draft that the Bills have targeted a receiver with plus size. Hodgins (6/4 210) is the son of former NFL pro bowl fullback James Hodgins. A lot like Buffalo’s earlier pick of Gabriel Davis, Isaiah Hodgins, is coming off a spectacular Junior Season. Hodgins caught 86 passes for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. Hodgins is a high-point receiver in tight spaces. Something that the Bills lacked on their roster last season.
The Buffalo Bills selected Pittsburgh Cornerback Dane Jackson with the 239th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Bills closed out their draft by adding another piece to their secondary. Buffalo has picked up veteran corners Josh Norman and E.J. Gaines in free agency. The team is looking for long term answers. Dane Jackson has the size (6’0) and athleticism, as a former basketball player, to develop into a quality outside corner. The Bills have had success in the past with a similar player in Levi Wallace.
Finals Bills Draft Analysis
The 2020 NFL Draft had a different feel for the Buffalo Bills than in years past. Rebuilding teams have a sense of urgency and desperation when the draft arrives. For years, Buffalo was in that position. But the success of the last few years of their drafts has the Bills in a more relaxed state. A clear sign that the Bills have made the transition to being a legitimate contender.
In this year’s draft, Buffalo targeted vital areas of depth on their roster. Most specifically at the receiver position, which has gone from a weakness to one of the teams’ most formidable units. Receivers Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins provide great value and upside. DE A.J. Epenesa and RB Zack Moss will play critical roles as rookies, but like many of the Bills, draft picks. They are on the team to supplement the roster—the theme of this entire draft.
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