MOCK DRAFT WATCH

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2021 Mock Draft Watch 9.0

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No. 30 – CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia

The Chiefs exploited Bills cornerbacks in the AFC title game. Buffalo wastes zero time addressing this issue in the draft.

No. 30 – Edge Jayson Oweh, Penn State

File Oweh right along with Paye as a freakish pass-rush prospect with major upside and the Bills should be happy to have him to revamp their pressure under Leslie Frazier and Sean McDermott.

No. 30 – CB Ifeatu Melinfonwu, Syracuse

Melifonwu gives the Bills the lengthy, highly athletic cornerback it could use opposite Tre'Davious White. Serious competition for Levi Wallace.

No. 30 – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

It feels like a corner or edge rusher here would be a reach for the Bills even though they're needs. I didn't plan to have a running back go in the first round, but Buffalo needs a dynamic three-down back who has the speed to be a home-run hitter and the hands to be Josh Allen's safety valve.

No. 30 – CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia

Tre White is one of the best CBs in the NFL but there's not much depth behind him. Taron Johnson is coming off a good season but has just one year left on his current deal. Campbell would add a long, physical playmaker to a secondary that improved over the course of the 2020 season.

No. 30 – RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

Biggest needs: Edge, CB, TE, RB

This is obviously a pretty deep roster already. But there's certainly room for upgrades, especially at defensive end and CB2. The Bills added speedy free agent RB Matt Breida but would have to also consider a do-it-all back who slips to them because of how much the position has been devalued over the years. So with all the uncertainty this deep in the first round, why not go for more of a sure thing?

No. 30 – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama

A couple of players who have dropped because of injury concerns — cornerback Caleb Farley and edge rusher Gregory Rousseau — could be in play here, but Barmore is also an option as the Bills try to build up the interior of their defensive line.

No. 30 – Edge Jayson Oweh, Penn State

Did you know Oweh had zero sacks last season? I understand why that stat has been recycled every time Oweh's name is mentioned, but disruption is production and he had plenty of backfield disruption on tape. Late to the game, he is just scratching the surface of his immense potential.

No. 30 – Edge Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

With starting defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison over the age of 30, the Bills need to get younger on the edge. They took AJ Epenesa in Round 2 last year, but that's not enough. The speedy pass-rusher Ojulari had 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last season. Cornerback and running back are other positions Buffalo could target.

No. 30 – OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC

This pick is about protecting the franchise quarterback and impacting the interior run game, which must improve if the Bills want to take the next step offensively.

No. 30 – CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern

Buffalo has very few glaring roster holes but could use talent at the cornerback position. Newsome first the bill, pun intended, and would be a nice counterpart to Tre'Davious White on the outside.

No. 30 – CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern

It's value here. Perhaps Buffalo would lean edge here, or maybe look for another weapon to help buoy the offense, like a top-tier running back or some help on the interior of the offensive line. I think a third cornerback bolsters them against the best offenses they'll face in 2021, while also protecting them against the Patriots and Dolphins, both of whom upgraded at pass-catcher this offseason.

No. 30 – Edge Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

Buffalo has been looking for a complement to Jerry Hughes on the edge for so many years that the team is almost needing to also find his replacement. Azeez Ojulari is arguably the best pure speed rusher in the entire draft, earning a 91.7 PFF pass-rush grade against true pass sets this past season. He is a little undersized and slight, and he may be limited to a situational role initially, but that's something Buffalo has been crying out for.

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