GEARY: 2019 NFL Mock Draft No. 1

The Bills move down, but still get a value player to help their roster

Nate Geary
April 05, 2019 - 11:07 am

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We're less than three weeks away from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee.

As of right now, the Buffalo Bills hold on to the ninth overall pick with a number of positions that the team can add to for the upcoming season. However, there is still that chance that the Bills could move out of the ninth spot in order to acquire some more assets in the draft.

Our own Sal Capaccio released his first mock draft of the season earlier this week, and now here is my first mock draft through Buffalo's second round pick:


Round 1:

1. Arizona Cardinals - QB – Kyler Murray [Oklahoma]
2. San Francisco 49ers - DE – Nick Bosa [Ohio State]
3. New York Jets - EDGE – Josh Allen [Kentucky]
4. Oakland Raiders - DT – Quinnen Williams [Alabama]
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB – Devin White [LSU]
6. New York Giants - WR – D.K. Metcalf [Ole Miss]
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - OT – Jaawan Taylor [Florida]
8. Detroit Lions - DE – Rashaan Gary [Michigan]
9. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills) - QB – Drew Lock [Missouri]
10. Denver Broncos - CB – Byron Murphy [Washington]

11. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals) - DT – Ed Oliver [Houston]

The Bills get, sort of, a dream scenario here as the Cincinnati Bengals and new coach Zac Taylor secure their quarterback of the future in Drew Lock. In this scenario, I have Cincinnati hopping in front of the Broncos, who appear to have their eyes set on Lock. Instead of waiting it out and potentially missing out on their quarterback, they leap frog the Broncos and find a familiar trade partner in the Buffalo Bills. In the trade, the Bills would receive the Bengals' 2019 second-round pick (42nd overall).

For the Bills, they take advantage of a team looking to build around a new face at quarterback, while also securing their main target going into the draft. Oliver tested extremely well, running a 4.73 40-yard dash, 4.13 short shuttle time, and 7.15 on the 3-cone drill – which would have landed him in the top-five among wide receivers at this year’s combine (per Draft Wire). The Bills greatly lack youth on their defensive line, especially with a possible exit of Shaq Lawson following the 2019 season. Oliver would immediately enter the rotation at the three-technique position along with Jordan Phillips, making for one of the more dynamic position groups on the team. A huge win for Brandon Beane, who gets the player, I believe, they’ve targeted at nine, while also scooping another second-round pick.

12. Green Bay Packers - LB – Devin Bush [Michigan]
13. Miami Dolphins - QB – Dwayne Haskins [Ohio State]
14. Atlanta Falcons - TE – Noah Fant [Iowa]
15. Washington Redskins - EDGE – Montez Sweat [Mississippi State]
16. Carolina Panthers - OT – Jonah Williams [Alabama]
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns) - QB – Daniel Jones [Duke]
18. Minnesota Vikings - OT – Andre Dillard [Washington State]
19. Tennessee Titans - TE – T.J. Hockenson [Iowa]
20. Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE – Clelin Ferrell [Clemson]
21. Seattle Seahawks - OL – Cody Ford [Oklahoma]
22. Baltimore Ravens - WR – Hakeem Butler [Iowa State]
23. Houston Texans - OT – Greg Little [Ole Miss]
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) - EDGE – Brian Burns [Florida State]
25. Philadelphia Eagles - RB – Josh Jacobs [Alabama]
26. Indianapolis Colts - DT – Christian Wilkins [Clemson]
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) - CB – Greedy Williams [LSU]
28. Los Angeles Chargers - DT – Dexter Lawrence [Clemson]
29. Kansas City Chiefs - OC – Garrett Bradbury [North Carolina State]
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints) - WR – Marquise Brown [Oklahoma]
31. Los Angeles Rams - DT – Jeffery Simmons [Mississippi State]
32. New England Patriots - EDGE – Jaylon Ferguson [Louisiana Tech]


Round 2:

33. Arizona Cardinals - OT – Caleb McGary [Washington]
34. Indianapolis Colts - WR – Parris Campbell [Ohio State]
35. Oakland Raiders - S – Nasir Adderley [Delaware]
36. San Francisco 49ers - CB – Rock Ya-Sin [Temple]
37. New York Giants - CB – Deandre Baker [Georgia]
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - WR – N’Keal Harry [Arizona State]
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT – Jerry Tillery [Notre Dame]

40. Buffalo Bills - OL – Dalton Risner [Kansas State]

This selection adds to the six offensive linemen the Bills brought in during free agency. Risner would have the opportunity to push Dion Dawkins at the left tackle position or compete for the starting right tackle position entering camp. An ideal [young] addition to the Bills' front five that will go into 2019 with only one returning starter and completely remade pipeline of depth players as well.

41. Denver Broncos - WR – A.J. Brown [Ole Miss]

42. Buffalo Bills (from Cincinnati Bengals) - TE – Irv Smith Jr. [Alabama]

The wizardry of Brandon Beane apparent once again snagging the Crimson Tide tight end who will surely come in and compete for a starting position with newly acquired Tyler Croft and training camp standout Jason Croom. Smith is the third tight end off the board in a loaded class at the position, but might represent the player with the most athletic upside of the group. At 6’ 2", 242-pounds and 4.6 speed, Smith is a unique blend of size, speed and athleticism and the perfect pairing for second-year quarterback Josh Allen over the middle of the field. Smith can line up on the line of scrimmage with a hand down or standing up in the slot or out wide. His versatility should lend to having an immediate impact for the Bills on Sundays.

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