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1. Could this draft trade make sense for Buffalo?

General manager Brandon Beane will do whatever's best for his team in the NFL Draft, if that means trading up or down for a prospect he believes will be a perfect fit, then he'll do it. Right now the Bills have the No. 54 overall pick in the second round. Bleacher Report thinks it could make sense for Buffalo to trade their second (No. 54) and third (No.86) round picks to the Carolina Panthers for the No. 38 overall pick in order to lock up edge rusher A.J. Epenesa out of Iowa.

This one isn't exactly exciting, but you can blame Bills general manager Brandon Beane for that. Beane just sent four draft picks (including a 2020 first) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Getting back into even the latter part of the first round would mean dealing next year's first-rounder—and that's a tall ask even for a Bills team that fashions itself a contender.

Several analysts think Buffalo should target a defensive end or corner in the early rounds in order to add to depth and hopefully find a starter in years to come.

With that said, it can't be ruled out that the Bills might still try to jockey for position early on Day 2. If an edge-rusher like Iowa's A.J. Epenesa or a cornerback like LSU's Kristian Fulton drops into the second round, the Bills could trade up.

Scroll through to view photos of prospects that some mock draft experts have Buffalo selecting in the second or third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

2. Bills player one of four candidates to have a season to remember

Bleacher Report identified four players that could break out on their new teams in 2020. One Bills player made the list and you can probably guess the name, wide receiver Stefon Diggs. B/R thinks the two-time 1,000-yard receiver is poised to have an even better season than last in Buffalo.

In 2019, with the Bills, wideout John Brown recorded a career high in catches (72) and yards (1,060), but he hasn't progressed like Diggs has over the past few years. Since 2017, the latter has improved his receiving yard totals every season. He also has a much better catch rate for his career (68.4 percent compared to 52.9 percent).

As quarterback Josh Allen continues to progress in his career, Bleacher Report says Diggs will be what the QB needs to succeed.

Going into his third season, Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen isn't a refined signal-caller, so he doesn't compare to Minnesota's Kirk Cousins, but his strong arm can lead to huge plays. Diggs may routinely haul in 20-plus-yard receptions and rack up gaudy receiving numbers.

3. What position offers the best value at No. 54?

Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline joined One Bills Live this week to talk everything surrounding the NFL Draft from top picks to who fits the Bills roster. One big question heading into round two and three is what is the best value at that point in the draft? The Bills have the 54th overall pick in the second round and the 86th overall pick in the third. Pauline thinks the Bills could find a talented edge rusher in the second round, possibly even find first-rounders who will fall if a run on receivers is made late in the first round.

"I think obviously despite the fact that they signed Mario Addison, I think edge rusher is something they've got to look at and I think they potentially get late in round two," Pauline explained. "I think that they need to add to the stable of running backs, add players behind Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon, especially behind Singletary. I think those are three areas they can look and honestly there should be a running back there as well as pass rushers there for them at the bottom of round two."

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