Buffalo Bills 2017 Team Needs
Rex Ryan was unable to get the Bills to the playoffs, in only two seasons, and was fired, despite a roster with gaping holes throughout. Sean McDermott will attempt to do what Ryan couldn’t and succeed with a team that has no long term answer at quarterback, a subpar offensive line, injury prone skill players, and will now lost their best defensive player of the last 5 years.
Primary Needs: CB, OT, WR
Secondary Needs: QB, TE, OG
Free Agency Strategy: The Bills still haven’t cut ties with Tyrod Taylor, although that is all but guaranteed. When they do quarterback will be the primary need for Buffalo and they should look closely at this year’s free agent class. With only $18 million in cap space the team probably cannot afford to go after a long term answer in free agency, but they can sign a cheaper stop gap option ike Nick Foles. At cornerback the Bills are not interested in resigning Stephon Gilmore but could bring in a cheaper option at cornerback like Leon Hall or Nolan Carroll, who could be had for a fraction of what Gilmore will cost. The post June 1st period will be when the team adds the bulk of this year’s free agent class.
Draft Strategy: The Bills look to be in a good spot to add a quarterback in the first round. None of the top prospects figure to go in the top 3 picks, based on value, and of the teams that pick 4-9, only 1 needs a quarterback. Any quarterback the team chooses will need at least a year to mature as a player. The Bills could get a good cornerback at 10 overall with players like Teez Tabor, Marshon Lattimore, Sydney Jones, and Marlon Humphrey all available at that spot. Jones has the highest upside of the quartet but Tabor has the highest floor moving forward. In the second round the Bills could look to add some versatility to the line by taking Cam Robinson or Forrest Lamp. Both were college left tackles while Lamp projects to guard and Robinson projects to right tackle/guard. Either is good value at 44. A steady receiving option opposite Sammy Watkins would aso help. A receiver like Cooper Kupp would make sense. In the third round the Bills should be able to find value at any of the positions listed as both primary and secondary needs, save offensive tackle.