1. Buffalo's in position to draft the best player available
During free agency, Brandon Beane and his staff were able to bring back many of the core members of this Bills roster that were slated to hit the open market. Being able to bring back players like Jon Feliciano, Daryl Williams and Matt Milano help the team not have to plan their draft board around one glaring need. In his Zoom conference with the media on Tuesday, Beane addressed how the moves made in free agency take some of the pressure off the draft plans and opens the board up to potentially take the best player available.
"I mean, it helps," Beane stated. "The goal is to try and fill as many spots as we can so that we're not going into this draft with a void somewhere. If we hadn't been able to sign those guys and if they left and we didn't find proper replacements, it's not fun going into the draft going, 'Man we can't get out of day two without this player.' It puts a lot of pressure on you, and sometimes you're reaching a little bit. It can happen because sometimes you lose a free agent and you're not able to find the right guy in free agency for whatever reason. So, I've seen it happen, but very glad to get those guys back and it does help open the board up to us not having to select for need."
2. Todd McShay has this position as the top draft need for the Bills
The Bills front office will have a lot of options on draft night when it comes to deciding what to do with pick number 30. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay went through and listed out the top draft needs for all 32 teams. He noted that the Bills will be looking to use the draft to find the final pieces to complete the roster.
Top draft needs: Edge, RB, OT, CB, DT, TE, LB
The Bills are knocking on the Super Bowl door, ranking No. 2 in the NFL in both offensive yards and points last season and reaching the AFC Championship Game. They were relatively quiet in free agency, so they'll be looking to add those final pieces to a championship-caliber roster at the draft.
Jerry Hughes will be 33 years old when the 2021 season kicks off, and Buffalo was middle of the pack in sacks last year, so edge will be at the forefront of the team's draft discussions. But also keep an eye on the running back position, as I'm not sure there is a true game-breaker among the Devin Singletary-Zack Moss-Matt Breida trio. Someone like Najee Harris (Alabama) or Travis Etienne (Clemson) at No. 30 could bring a whole new element to the offense.
Picks in the first three rounds: Nos. 30, 61, 93
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3. Jenny Vrentas has the Bills picking this player at No. 30 in her latest mock draft
With the draft a little more than a week away, many analysts are preparing to release the final versions of their mock drafts throughout the next couple of days. Sports Illustrated senior writer Jenny Vrentas released her Mock Draft 3.0 and has the Bills adding more resources to the defensive line at pick number 30. She had the Bills selecting edge rusher Joe Tryon out of Washington and added that the pick has the potential to be a big steal in this draft.
30. Buffalo Bills: Joe Tryon, edge, Washington
This is always an interesting part of the first round, where teams that fell just short of reaching the Super Bowl look for the piece or two that could get them over the hump. The Bills didn't win the J.J. Watt sweepstakes, but they may look to address their middling pass rush with their top pick. Tryon, who is built like the prototypical pass rusher, has the potential to be a steal here; he was incredibly productive in 2019 (12.5 sacks) before opting out in '20.