Buffalo Bills' 5 Biggest Draft Needs Heading Into 2016 Combine

By Jacob Camenker

The Buffalo Bills have now officially entered offseason mode. This year will be a high stress one for the Bills, as their coaching staff was given an ultimatum right after the season ended. What was it? Make the playoffs or you are fired. Rex Ryan is going to have to do an adequate job of finding some talented players in the draft and free agency, and here is a look at the top positions they may go after in the draft.

Buffalo Bills\' 5 Biggest Draft Needs Heading Into 2016 Combine
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5. Quarterback

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Although the Bills have Tyrod Taylor on their roster, who played well in his first season as a starter, the team has absolutely nothing behind him. The team has a mega-bust on its hands in EJ Manuel, and there is a good chance that the organization will move on from him this offseason. If it does, the team may need to add a young quarterback to groom behind Taylor. It could spend a mid-round pick on a guy like Cardale Jones, or target Trevone Boykin in the last round of the draft. Either way, the Bills should be looking for an upgrade behind Taylor.

5. Quarterback

Although the Bills have Tyrod Taylor on their roster, who played well in his first season as a starter, the team has absolutely nothing behind him. The team has a mega-bust on its hands in EJ Manuel, and there is a good chance that the organization will move on from him this offseason. If it does, the team may need to add a young quarterback to groom behind Taylor. It could spend a mid-round pick on a guy like Cardale Jones, or target Trevone Boykin in the last round of the draft. Either way, the Bills should be looking for an upgrade behind Taylor.

4. Defensive Tackle

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Kyle Williams had a down season for the Bills, but that was partially due to an injury he was dealing with for most of the year. Still, Williams is a 32-year-old veteran who will inevitably decline sometime soon, so the team should invest resources in drafting a replacement. The Bills could target Sheldon Rankins from Louisville in the first round, as he has been compared to Aaron Donald, or they could spend a Day 2 pick on a guy like Austin Johnson or Sheldon Day. This is an area that the Bills could also look to address in free agency, as Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be on the open market.

4. Defensive Tackle

Kyle Williams had a down season for the Bills, but that was partially due to an injury he was dealing with for most of the year. Still, Williams is a 32-year-old veteran who will inevitably decline sometime soon, so the team should invest resources in drafting a replacement. The Bills could target Sheldon Rankins from Louisville in the first round, as he has been compared to Aaron Donald, or they could spend a Day 2 pick on a guy like Austin Johnson or Sheldon Day. This is an area that the Bills could also look to address in free agency, as Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be on the open market.

3. Wide Receiver

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The Bills are going to be really thin at wide receiver after this offseason. Sammy Watkins is virtually the only threatening option that the team has, as Robert Woods and Chris Hogan are merely third options at best. Meanwhile, Percy Harvin is a free agent who did not live up to his potential. The Bills are going to have to take a receiver at some point in the draft, and though the receiving talent is not great in this class the team could take a second-round risk on Tyler Boyd out of Pittsburgh. Boyd has some character concerns, but he could be a huge addition to the Bills’ offense if he can stay out of trouble.

3. Wide Receiver

The Bills are going to be really thin at wide receiver after this offseason. Sammy Watkins is virtually the only threatening option that the team has, as Robert Woods and Chris Hogan are merely third options at best. Meanwhile, Percy Harvin is a free agent who did not live up to his potential. The Bills are going to have to take a receiver at some point in the draft, and though the receiving talent is not great in this class the team could take a second-round risk on Tyler Boyd out of Pittsburgh. Boyd has some character concerns, but he could be a huge addition to the Bills’ offense if he can stay out of trouble.

2. Right Tackle

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Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio have not played too well during their Bills careers. The team should look into spending a Day 2 or 3 pick on a guy with a lot of upside to take over for the duo. One name that could be intriguing for the team is Le’Raven Clark, who played left tackle at Texas Tech. He is highly athletic and versatile, but needs to improve his technique to be an NFL caliber starter.

2. Right Tackle

Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio have not played too well during their Bills careers. The team should look into spending a Day 2 or 3 pick on a guy with a lot of upside to take over for the duo. One name that could be intriguing for the team is Le’Raven Clark, who played left tackle at Texas Tech. He is highly athletic and versatile, but needs to improve his technique to be an NFL caliber starter.

1. Defensive End

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It is highly likely that the Bills will move on from Mario Williams in the coming weeks. With that said, the team will have to replace him, as he was one of its top pass rushers over the past few seasons. The Bills should almost certainly address this area in the first round, where they will be in position to land one of the many talented defensive linemen in this draft. If all goes according to plan, they may be able to select Robert Nkemdiche with the 19th pick to get an immediate impact player.

1. Defensive End

It is highly likely that the Bills will move on from Mario Williams in the coming weeks. With that said, the team will have to replace him, as he was one of its top pass rushers over the past few seasons. The Bills should almost certainly address this area in the first round, where they will be in position to land one of the many talented defensive linemen in this draft. If all goes according to plan, they may be able to select Robert Nkemdiche with the 19th pick to get an immediate impact player.

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