TE Dray, Jim F
S Blanton, Robert F
RB Archer, Dri W – DNR
LB Brown, Zack F
DE Lawson, Shaq 6’2 269 Clemson 1(19)
ILB Ragland, Reggie 6’1 247 Alabama 2(41)
DT Washington, Adolphus 6’3 301 Ohio State 3(80)
QB Jones, Cardale 6’5 250 Ohio State 4c(139)
RB Williams, Jonathan 5’10 219 Arkansas 5(156)
WR Listenbee, Kolby 6’0 197 TCU 6(192)
CB Seymour, Kevon 5’11 186 USC 6c(218)
WR Allen, Davonte 6
1 196 Marshall UDFA3 209 Arizona State UDFA
WR Chambers, Gary 6
FB Gronkowski, Glenn 6’2 238 Kansas State UDFA
T Lumpkin,.Keith 6’7 320 Rutgers UDFA
G Lalk, Jamison 6’5 305 Iowa State UDFA
G Lucas, Marquis 6’3 315 West Virginia UDFA
C Kugler, Robert 6’2 300 Purdue UDFA
DT Zimmer, Justin 6’3 302 Ferris State UDFA
DE Albright, Bryson 6’5 239 Miami(OH) UDFA(LB)
DE Louis, Claudell 6’4 291 Fresno State UDFA
OLB Striker, Eric 5’11 227 Oklahoma UDFA
CB Whigham, Julian 6’0 199 Syracuse UDFA
K Morgan, Marshall 6’2 196 Georgia UDFA Buf
LS Ferguson, Reid 6’1 241 LSU UDFA Buf
The Bills were one of the cash strapped teams, and used what resources they had to wisely lock up their OL for the next couple of seasons. Blanton and Brown will prop up a surprisingly shaky defense while Dray adds some depth to the TE position
The Draft was also about upgrading the defense, as the first three and four of seven overall picks were on that side of the ball.
Lawson was a surprise get at the 19th spot and shouls start right away at DE in the Rob Ryan 3-4 look. He will aid the run D and has upside as a pass rusher, although that really wasn’t his job at Clemson. His shoulder is an issue and will have to be addressed at some point, but should not be a long term issue.
The Bills traded up to get Ragland in the 2nd round, and got great value as most had seen Ragland as a first round pick who fell due to a heart issue but has been cleared to play by a specialist to play. He will start right away with the forced departure of Mario Williams and the departure of Nigel Bradham.
Washington brings a lot of potential versatility to the DL and might also start right away. He also brings some baggage but the Bills were willing to take a chance to address a need with solid value.
The Bills needed a developmental type QB and Jones was the best available at this spot. With the Bills unlikey to pick up the option on Manuel, Jones will have a year to learn behind Taylor, and needs it.
Williams is a depth\insurance type of pick for the backfield who may or may not stick depending on health of others.
Listenbee isn’t a lock to be on the team either, but he brings a lot of speed to a position that is less stable than the RB room.
Seymour also brings lot of speed to the other side of the ball. but will likely have to make the team on special teams for now.
Of the UDFA’s, Gronkowski, Lucas, Striker, and the two specialists Marshall and Reid have the best chances to stick based on talent and team needs.