MOCK DRAFT WATCH

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2020 Mock Draft Watch 3.0

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No. 22 - EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU

With Shaq Lawson a pending free agent and Jerry Hughes entering his age 32 season, the Bills are in position to address their pass rush with a premium draft pick. Chaisson bursts off the edge to win the corner or convert his speed to power, also showing the athleticism to drop and cover.

No. 22 - EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

With Shaq Lawson heading toward free agency this offseason, the Bills might look to the draft to keep the defense strong on the edge. Gross-Matos possesses the ability to stack his man on the line and beat him around the corner.

No. 54 - CORNER Kristian Fulton, LSU

No. 86 - WIDE RECEIVER Jauan Jennings, Tennessee

No. 22 - TRADE to Detroit Lions for No. 26 pick

No. 26 via Lions via Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans - WIDE RECIEVER Denzel Mims, Baylor

The Bills can afford to accumulate more picks by moving back in the draft with how deep this receiving class is. Mims' highlight-reel catch ability and physicality in contested situations is something the Bills do not have currently. His 20 contested catches in 2019 were the second most in college football.

No. 22 - RUNNING BACK D'Andre Swift, Georgia

Even with John Brown and Cole Beasley combining for 1,838 receiving yards in 2019, Buffalo could use an upgrade in the receiving corps (Clemson's Tee Higgins could be an interesting fit). And with Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson both headed for free agency, no returning lineman had more than five sacks last season. But I just love Swift's explosiveness, and adding a dynamic playmaker like him to a backfield that already includes Devin Singletary could really make this run-oriented offense pop in 2020. Plus, you can't discount Swift's pass-catching ability -- he could be a great three-down back.

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Tee Higgins, Clemson

The Bills signed a pair of smaller receivers—John Brown and Cole Beasley—last offseason and the duo combined for 139 catches for 1,838 yards and 12 touchdowns. Complementing Brown and Beasley well, Higgins is a big-bodied receiver with a large catch radius who attacks and high-points the football well. Higgins tied Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins for the most receiving touchdowns (27) in Clemson history.

No. 22 - CORNER Kristian Fulton, LSU

Somewhat of a surprise pick here for Buffalo, but the club does have a sizable need at No. 2 cornerback, and Fulton is one of the cleanest prospects at that position in this class.

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Tee Higgins, Clemson

I'd like to see the Bills explore a trade up to land one of the top two receivers, but even if they stay here, they can land a difference-maker in a strong class. Higgins is a big, downfield weapon who can bring another element to the Bills' passing game.

No. 54 - EDGE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame

This is a bit high for Kareem as he might be lacking as an outside pass-rusher, but he's so quick off the ball and has the length and strength to bully offensive linemen and blow up the pocket.

No. 86 - SAFETY Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

Dugger might be from a program you've never heard of, but he's the type of player likely to turn heads during the predraft process. The Bills are set at safety, but Dugger can star on special teams while being developed at safety or linebacker.

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Justin Jefferson, LSU

Jefferson has the size to go up and get the ball, and he's willing to cross over the middle of the field to make plays.

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Tee Higgins, Clemson

Buffalo needs to score more points, and I'm sure Josh Allen wouldn't mind having a big-bodied jump-ball specialist at his disposal.

No. 22 - EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State

I'm a big fan of Gross-Matos and had him going in the top 10 in my original mock. That might have been a bit optimistic. Still, he strikes me as a player who will impress during the combine and workouts, and he strikes me as a player Buffalo will like a lot.

No. 22 - EDGE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

This isn't the snuggest fit, but hear me out: Mario Addison couldn't find footing in the league until he secured a spot under Sean McDermott when he coordinated the Panthers' defense. In that time, Addison grew into a high-impact starter on the EDGE despite playing north of 260 pounds. McDermott is getting similar growth out of another heavy-hitter in Shaq Lawson, who looked like a bust early on in his Buffalo career before McDermott arrived.

Now, Lawson isn't guaranteed back in 2020, as his fifth-year option was declined last year. Whether or not he does return, the Buffalo Bills need more consistent EDGE pressure. They could get it from another big body at the position, and the best EDGE remaining, in A.J. Epenesa. But without Lawson returning that needs becomes all the more dire.

No. 54 - WIDE RECEIVER Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

The Bills are rewarded by the deep and talented WR class for their patience, grabbing Aiyuk after passing on WR altogether in Round 1. Aiyuk brings the best of both worlds for the Josh Allen experience; deep speed and catch radius. Can his routes improve?

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Laviska Shenault Jr, Colorado

Dynamic and powerful after the catch, Shenault checks off a lot of boxes for Josh Allen and Buffalo's offense.

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

John Brown and Cole Beasley each were targeted more than 100 times last season. Can you name the Bills pass-catcher who ranked third on the team in targets? That would be rookie tight end Dawson Knox, who came on at the end of the season, finishing with 28 catches on 50 targets. So let's get Josh Allen another speedy target in Ruggs, who might be the fastest player in the entire 2020 class. I've been told to expect a time under 4.30 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Ruggs is more than a speed guy who will catch deep balls; he improved as a route runner in 2019 and can break tackles after the catch.

No. 22 - WIDE RECEIVER Laviska Shenault, Colorado

Big, extraordinarily physical wideout with the ability to line up all over the formation; has star potential if paired with a creative play-caller.

MAIN SELLING POINT: Versatility and power

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