The Bills get a player on both sides of the football

Sal Capaccio
April 25, 2019 - 5:15 pm

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Here is my final mock draft (mock No. 4) for the 2019 NFL Draft:


Round 1:

1. Arizona Cardinals - QB - Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
2. San Francisco 49ers - DE - Nick Bosa (Ohio State)
3. New York Jets - DT - Quinnen Williams (Alabama)
4. Oakland Raiders - EDGE - Josh Allen (Kentucky) 
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB - Devin White (LSU) 
6. New York Giants - OT - Jonah Williams (Alabama)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - TE - T.J. Hockenson (Iowa)
8. Detroit Lions - DT - Ed Oliver (Houston)

9. Buffalo Bills - DL - Christian Wilkins (Clemson)

**NOTE: I think the Bills would prefer to trade down from No. 9 and then take Wilkins later, but I don’t try to project trades in my mock drafts because of how hard it is to determine them. If they stay at No. 9, I still believe Wilkins would be in play and that’s why I still have him here in this mock.

If you created a profile of the combination of person and football player Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane want in their organization, Christian Wilkins might as well be the poster child for it. By all accounts, his character is impeccable, and he’s the kind of player guys in the locker room gravitate to due to both his leadership and personality. He was named a team captain at Clemson as a junior and won two national titles there. He’s incredibly bright, earning a Master’s degree in Communications Studies in less than four years, and also the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the “Academic Heisman,” given to “the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance.” When Wilkins was in high school, his grandfather, who he had lived with, was accidentally shot and killed by an officer in a SWAT raid at his home. Wilkins transferred to Suffield Academy in Connecticut, where he excelled on and off the field. He was a top-25 national recruit and chose Clemson, where he made an impact immediately as a freshman, and then had a stellar college career, finishing with plenty of experience, also something the Bills value. In four years, Wilkins played in 55 collegiate games, including four ACC Championship games, four bowl games, and three National Championship games. He had 192 tackles, including 40.5 for a loss, and 16 sacks. He even batted down 15 passes. At 6’ 3” and 315 pounds, Wilkins is athletic and agile for his size. He can beat offensive linemen off the ball and to a spot, allowing him to make plays in the backfield or get down the line of scrimmage before getting blocked out. He’s not a two-gap anchor and needs to get stronger at the next level to take on double-teams. Since the Bills already have Star Lotulelei doing that, they wouldn’t need Wilkins to have to do fill that role. They could allow him to be an attacking, but disciplined three-technique (line up on the outside shoulder of the guard), helping against both the run and pass. To me, Wilkins doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as Ed Oliver, but he also has a higher floor and is a very safe pick who will probably be a solid starter for years.

10. Denver Broncos - TE - Noah Fant (Iowa)
11. Cincinnati Bengals - OT - Andre Dillard (Washington State)
12. Green Bay Packers - WR - Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
13. Miami Dolphins - QB - Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
14. Atlanta Falcons - EDGE - Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)
15. Washington Redskins - QB - Drew Lock (Missouri)
16. Carolina Panthers - EDGE - Brian Burns (Florida State)
17. New York Giants - QB - Daniel Jones (Duke)
18. Minnesota Vikings - OL - Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
19. Tennessee Titans - DT - Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame)
20. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB - Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)
21. Seattle Seahawks - EDGE - Rashan Gary (Michigan)
22. Baltimore Ravens - C - Garrett Bradbury (NC State)
23. Houston Texans - OT - Jawaan Taylor (Florida)
24. Oakland Raiders - RB - Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
25. Philadelphia Eagles - EDGE - Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)
26. Indianapolis Colts - CB - Greedy Williams (LSU)
27. Oakland Raiders - LB - Devin Bush, Jr. (Michigan)
28. L.A. Chargers - DT - Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)
29. Seattle Seahawks - S - Byron Murphy (Washington)
30. Green Bay Packers - S - Darnell Savage (Maryland)
31. Los Angeles Rams - OG - Chris Lidstrom (Boston College)
32. New England Patriots - WR - D.K. Metcalf (Mississippi)

Round 2:

33. Arizona Cardinals - DL - Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
34. Indianapolis Colts - WR - A.J. Brown (Mississippi)
35. Oakland Raiders - TE - Irv Smith, Jr. (Alabama)
36. San Francisco 49ers - CB - Deandre Baker (Georgia)
37. New York Giants - EDGE - Chase Winovich (Michigan)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - OT - Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB - Lonnie Johnson, Jr. (Kentucky)

40. Buffalo Bills - WR - N’Keal Harry (Arizona State)

This draft has some good wide receiver depth in the first few rounds, and the Bills will gladly take a player like Harry, who would give them the physical, fearless presence they need to compliment free agent additions John Brown and Cole Beasley, who will work as a burner and underneath outlet, respectively. Harry even played some inside at Arizona State because of his ability and willingness to block in the run game, and we all know how much that means to Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. At 6' 2" and 228-pounds, Harry can beat smaller defenders with his body and make contested catches against bigger defensive backs. He puts himself in good position with his route running, as well. He isn’t the burner some of the other receivers in this draft are, but is fast enough to make plays down the field and tough to bring down when he has the ball in his hands. With Brown and Robert Foster, the Bills wouldn’t need Harry to be their down-the-field threat, allowing him to just do what he does best - catch the ball and get yards. 

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