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1. Bills finish with best rookie class in AFC East

The Bills hit on their draft picks in 2019. Ed Oliver, Cody Ford, Devin Singletary, and Dawson Knox all became starters by the end of the season and key parts to the future of the Bills success. Buffalo drafted Vosean Joseph (who missed the season with an injury), Jaquan Johnson, Darryl Johnson, and Tommy Sweeney as well.

For this class, gave Buffalo a 'B' grade for their 2019 draft haul, the highest grade in the AFC East.

Falling into the Bills' lap at No. 9 overall, Oliver was widely regarded on draft night as the steal of the first round. And in the season-opening win over the Jets, he provided the type of interior disruption that validated the hype, recording five pressures and a QB hit. But he struggled over the next couple months and lost his starting job at midseason. To his credit, Oliver offered his most consistent play as a rotational piece in the second half of the season -- racking up four sacks during one three-game stretch -- and it's not hard to imagine a breakthrough Year 2.

The real steal of the draft was Singletary in the third round, they say. After dealing with a hamstring injury, Singletary accumulated 600 rushing yards in the final eight games of the regular season.

Ford started 15 games and rotated in an out with Ty Nsekhe for the majority of the season. But when Nsekhe was hurt, Ford shined at right tackle.

Here's what had to say about tight end Dawson Knox.

Knox wasn't the steadiest producer over the course of the season -- which is nothing to be alarmed about, as tight end is one of the NFL's slowest-developing positions -- but he flashed enticing playmaking ability, most notably on a beastly 49-yard catch-and-run against the Bengals at a key point in the Week 3 win.

The Dolphins draft class received a grade of 'B-', the Patriots a 'D+' and the Jets a 'D.'

2. MMQB tees up this player for Buffalo

Sports Illustrated MMQB released their Mock Draft 3.0 over the weekend. The Bills remain at No. 22 and grab a wide receiver from a school that produces them like no other.

Buffalo takes Clemson's Tee Higgins as the fourth receiver in the first round.

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.

Watkins and Hopkins were each first round picks in their selective drafts. Other notable Clemson wide receivers include Martavis Bryant (2014), Mike Williams (2017), Ray-Ray McCloud (2018) and Hunter Renfrow (2019).

3. Dawson Knox produced the angriest run of the 2019 season

Dawson Knox already has something solidified on his career highlight tape. His 49-yard catch and angry run in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals earned the nod as Good Morning Football's best angry run of the 2019 season.

Knox beat out runs by Mark Ingram, Kyle Juszczyk, Darius Leonard, Saquon Barkley, Shy Tuttle, and George Kittle.

Here is the six minute segment led by Kyle Brandt.

And here is just the Knox play so you can watch it on repeat until the season begins.

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