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Bills Today: New look O-line already coming together

Posted Apr 26, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for April 26th.

1 - New look O-line already coming together
Jordan Mills joined One Bills Live Wednesday to talk about the upcoming season. Even with a new leadership role and new faces, Mills see a bright future for the Bills O-line next season. With the new faces, Mills doesn’t see an issue with getting to know his new teammates.

“The offensive line group is one of the most tight-knit groups in the NFL,” said Mills. “It’s like, yeah you get new people, but once you’re around somebody for a couple of days it’s like you’ve known them for forever. It’s new voices. We haven’t been on the field yet to get that continuity, to get that togetherness… but that’s what the OTAs, the minicamps, the practices are for.”

Those new faces for the O-line, Russell Bodine and Marshall Newhouse have already proven to Mills that they belong on this roster.

“Russell and Marshall have been great,” said Mills. “They’re great guys, they’re smart guys, strong, and they talk like they’ve been here for years. So, we are already at the point of, once we get to field, putting it all together.”

Beyond the offensive line, Mills understands the philosophy and mindset coach Sean McDermott is trying to instill in his team. He believes that this is what will help keep the Bills successful.

“Coach McDermott always preaches ‘next man up,’ so when something happens, next man comes in,” said Mills. “He expects a certain caliber of play from you, and he knows when somebody comes in we’re not going to lose a step.”

2 - Kiper and McShay give Bills fans something to watch for at the NFL Draft
Bills fans, it’s understandable to be glued to the TV tonight for the first – and possibly second – pick for the Bills, but there may be some players that fans should be excited about when day two of the draft rolls around as well.

The big question surrounding the draft is still when exactly is Buffalo’s first chance on the clock? Well, for now it is at 12, but Mel Kiper Jr. believes if any team trades up, it will be Brandon Beane and the Bills.

It's Buffalo, which holds picks 12 and 22 in Round 1 and has four more Day 2 picks. Will the Bills try to move up for a quarterback? Look at Houston and Kansas City last year. It's going to cost a lot, but the Texans and Chiefs got their guys. The Bills desperately need their quarterback of the future.

Kiper also gave fans a few names to look out for on day two that could end up being big pick-ups for any team.

The guy I like on Day 2 who could be a really good player is Georgia running back Nick Chubb. He tested great at the combine, and he had a fantastic college career.

This includes guys that every team should be eyeing when day 2 rolls around.

I'll give you two to watch: South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert and Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn. I have first-round grades on two tight ends -- the other is South Carolina's Hayden Hurst -- but there aren't many great fits from 20-32, so one of those guys could drop. As far as Wynn, guards sometimes drop, and he's the second best in this class.

Todd McShay decided he would predict the best steals of each round of the draft.

Round 1: James Daniels, C, Iowa
Round 2: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
Round 3: Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana
Round 4: Mark Walton, RB, Miami (FL)
Round 5: WRs Jordan Lasley (UCLA) and Antonio Callaway (Florida)
Round 6: Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern
Round 7: Poona Ford, DT, Texas

So, the excitement can go beyond tonight, with the NFL draft being three whole days of stress in team’s front offices.

3 - Bills trade up for Allen in one final mock draft
Finally, the NFL draft is tonight and the endless supply of mock drafts will finally stop. But, before that happens, Peter Schrager gives one final mock draft. Three rounds worth.

Last week, Schrager said the Bills should trade up for the quarterback of their future and that’s exactly what he has them doing in his mock draft. In his scenario, Buffalo strikes a deal with the Broncos to move to the number five spot.

Schrager has the Bills selecting Josh Allen, the QB out of Wyoming.

The Bills trade picks 12, 22 and 65 for the fifth overall pick. They decide to make the big move when Allen slips out of the top four. Big-armed, built for the elements, and an alpha in the locker room -- Allen comes to Buffalo as the latest quarterback savior for long-suffering Bills fans.

So, the Bills would end the first round with only one pick, but would still have two picks in the second round and one in the third.

The remainder of Schrager’s picks for the Bills go as followed:

Pick 53 – D.J. Chark – WR, LSU

Pick 56 – Orlando Brown – OT, Oklahoma

Pick 96 – Shaquem Griffin – LB, UCF

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