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2021 Mock Draft Watch 4.0


No. 30 – OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

No. 30 – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

The Bills could seek some help in the ground game to take some pressure off Josh Allen, and the former Clemson star is too good to pass up. Etienne had a dazzling career for the Tigers as an all-around weapon, totaling almost 4,600 rushing yards and 70 rushing touchdowns to go with 102 career receptions for 1,115 yards.

The Coaching Intel

"That dude made us look silly. It's his burst. Whenever you think you've got the angle, he's taking it away."

"He reminds me a lot of Dalvin Cook, and I think he's the best back the ACC has had since (the former FSU star)."

"He's the best back in the ACC since Dalvin Cook. Dalvin was never trying to run over you; Etienne is gonna try and run you over. I thought he was more physical than Cook, and I liked how Etienne developed into such a good receiver. He couldn't catch the ball as a freshman."

"He really has great burst and just explodes through the hole. He runs bigger than you think and he's very comfortable as a receiver."

No. 30 – WR Kadarius Toney, Florida

John Brown was released. I like Gabriel Davis but the addition of Kadarius Toney would give them the speed element that Brown provided. Buffalo invested in Josh Allen's supporting cast and I expect that to continue.

No. 30 – OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

With offensive linemen Jon Feliciano, Brian Winters, Daryl Williams, and Ty Nsekhe all headed to free agency, Buffalo needs to bolster its offensive line. Leatherwood lined up at left tackle for the Crimson Tide the last two years but could play right tackle or either guard spot for the Bills.

No. 30 – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama

Alabama's Christian Barmore is one of the most talented prospects in this draft class. Even so, he never put together a dominant campaign during his collegiate career. He flashed as a redshirt freshman, particularly with his ability to collapse the pocket, but he wasn't a full-time starter.

The 6'5", 310-pound defensive lineman got his chance to anchor the Crimson Tide's defensive front in 2020.

Barmore dealt with a knee injury throughout the regular season before finally evolving into a dominant force during Alabama's national championship run. The interior defender demoralized Notre Dame's and Ohio State's offensive lines by overwhelming them and living in the backfield.

No. 30 – RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina

I know the Bills have other needs, but a player like Williams might have gotten them over the hump last January. The explosive runner is physical and fits exactly what the Bills need in their run game.

No. 30 – OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State

GM Brandon Beane has talked openly about improving the run game, and hinted that blocking was more of an issue than the running backs. This is a good class of interior lineman, so Buffalo has some options, but Wyatt Davis stands out as an immediate upgrade to their interior run blocking.

No. 30 – RB Najee Harris, Alabama

Running back is one of the harder positions to project, but there's always a pick at the position that we hardly saw coming. Judging by their early offseason comments, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott seem to be very serious about figuring out a way to improve the team's running game. With Zach Moss' inability to stay healthy and Devin Singletary's efficiency not being there, Harris gives them a high-volume top option that can be that 1A option in the backfield. His threat as a receiver and runner provides a versatile option behind Josh Allen.

No 30 – OT Tevin Jenkins, Oklahoma State

Jenkins falling to the Bills would be great for them should they lose Daryl Williams to free agency. They need a tackle, so getting a kid who is an absolute mauler and has improved every year in college would be huge. His grade went from 78.8 in 2018 to 85.7 in 2019 to 92.0 in 2020. You love to see that kind of linear progression.

No. 30 – EDGE Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest

No. 30 – OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

Free agent tackles Daryl Williams and Ty Nsekhe might not return to Buffalo for 2021. The Bills must protect their young star quarterback, Josh Allen, and also need to improve their ability to run the ball next season. Mayfield is a beast in the run game with the agility to be a solid pass protector for a long time.

No. 30 – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

The missing piece of this offense is an elite running back. Buffalo didn't have a single player break 700 rushing yards last season, and its running backs found pay dirt just eight times on the ground. But Etienne scored 70 times over his college career and is a home run hitter in space. This offense could be dangerous.

Marcel Louis-Jacques on his fit with the Bills: If the Bills' loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game taught them anything, it's the importance of elite speed. Etienne provides that not just as a runner but also as an accomplished receiver out of the backfield. He would join Devin Singletary and Zack Moss to form a solid group of rushers.

No. 30 – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

Buffalo is prepared to lose Matt Milano, which creates a need at the position. Zaven Collins can slide in next to Tremaine Edmunds.

No. 30 – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

Turn on any Zaven Collins tape and it's hard not to think he's just the best player on the field at all times at his level of competition. He won't quite be that dominant at the NFL level, but Collins presents the size, speed, and high football IQ to play almost any linebacker spot. I think he can be a strong presence in both base defense and in subpackage situations. He can be a perfect Matt Milano replacement.

No. 30 – LB Jeremiah-Owusu Koramoah, Notre Dame

This is a glorious development for the Bills, as Owusu-Koramoah would instantly step into Matt Milano's playmaker role if the veteran signs elsewhere in free agency.

No. 30 – OT Tevin Jenkins, Oklahoma State

When it comes to a great fit at right tackle, the Bills and Jenkins at 30 feels almost too good to be true. PFF counts only four total pressures allowed on 211 pass-blocking snaps. What he can do in the run game, though, is what makes this pairing work so well. Jenkins held his block and prevented pushback on rushing downs at the fourth-highest rate in the FBS over the past two seasons.

No. 30 – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

Collins had four sacks, four interceptions (including two pick-sixes) and two forced fumbles during a breakout '20 season. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, he looks more like a defensive end but moves with the fluidity of the modern day inside linebackers that have become so prevalent around the league.

No. 30 – EDGE Jayson Oweh, Penn State

GC: Thanks to all the work of general manager Brandon Beane, the Bills are one of the most complete teams in the NFL. While more weaponry for quarterback Josh Allen wouldn't hurt, the Bills were unable to make the Chiefs pay for their weak tackles in the AFC conference championship. Adding one of the best pass rushers in the draft is a step toward that end.

At 6-foot-5 and 252 pounds, Oweh is an absolute freak, as evidenced by twice landing in the top 10 of Bruce Feldman's Freaks List. Weirdly, he didn't pick up a single sack last season at PSU, but he did earn an 86.0 PFF grade on true pass sets and was dominant against the run. Oweh would make an impact for a Super Bowl hopeful Bills team.

No. 30 EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas

Jerry Hughes can't play forever -- although, it feels like he can at times -- so Buffalo brings in another young, hungry pass rusher after 2020 second-round pick A.J. Epenesa recorded only one sack as a rookie.

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