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Bills Today: Buffalo’s draft class ranks here according to The Athletic

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1. Buffalo’s draft class ranks here according to The Athletic

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler released his NFL draft class power rankings. Brugler agrees the rankings are premature since none of the players have yet to take a snap in the NFL but for now the rankings are determined from his favorite to least favorite draft classes.

Buffalo comes in at number two.

The Bills’ draft class highlighted by Ed Oliver, Cody Ford and Devin Singletary ranks only behind the Washington Redskins as Brugler’s favorite draft classes.

Out of the Bills’ eight total draft picks, Cody Ford came away as his favorite.

I just as easily could have gone with Ed Oliver, but to land Ford at pick No. 38 is tremendous value (No. 19 on my board). The Bills flirted with the idea of trading up for Oliver, but he fell in their laps without having to sacrifice trade-up assets. Ford can start at either tackle or guard and will be a valuable foundation piece as the Bills look to build the offense around Josh Allen.

Brugler organized his rankings by his favorite pick, a questionable pick and the Day 3 pick who could surprise.

Vosean Joseph comes in as Brugler’s day three pick that could surprise.

Joseph is a fun player on tape with his quick read/react skills and uncanny ability to stay free from blocks and find the ball carrier. He fell in the draft due to discipline issues (on and off the field) and a hamstring injury that kept him from working out prior to the draft. But if he matures, Joseph will outplay his draft spot.

2. ESPN analysts rave about Bills seventh-round pick

Just because he was the last pick of the Bills’ 2019 NFL Draft doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good selection. Buffalo grabbed tight end Tommy Sweeney from Boston College with the 228th pick and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. loved the pick on air.

“I like Tommy Sweeney a lot. He’s didn’t have a great 40 time and he’s never going to be a good tester but he’s just a darn good football player,” McShay said. “They utilized him in a lot of different ways and I know he’s a three-year starter, only 94 catches but they were a pass challenged team at Boston College. He knows how to run routes, he knows how to get open underneath, never going to be a vertical guy, but I would argue his ball skills are good as any tight end in this class.

“Josh Allen and his 99 mile per hour fastball, you got to have good hands and he’s a standout in that area” Mel Kiper Jr. said.

Sweeney was primarily a run blocker in college and he could take on the same role during his initial time in the NFL.

3. NFL.com’s Adam Schein approves of the Bills’ offseason moves

Buffalo was named Adam Schein’s Cinderella team in 2019, and Schein feels that general manager Brandon Beane cemented that with the NFL draft.

After efficiently addressing the offensive line and receiving corps during free agency, Beane could have been arrested for stealing on Thursday night, somehow landing defensive lineman Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick. Oliver is an absolute freak, given the quickness and athleticism he brings to the table. And he played out of position -- routinely lining up as a nose tackle -- at Houston. Playing for Sean McDermott, Oliver will be properly deployed as a game-wrecking penetrator. Don't be surprised when he becomes an All-Pro. Plus, I loved Beane trading up in the second round for Cody Ford. The Oklahoma product will potentially (likely) start this year on the offensive line. This was a smart and calculated move.

The Bills are at the top of Schein’s ‘like’ category. The Redskins, Steelers, Dolphins and Eagles are the only drafts that he likes more than the one that Beane and McDermott put together.

With the 2019 NFL Draft officially underway, follow along with the Buffalo Bills to find out which players the team selects. Bills draft coverage is presented by ECMC.

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