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Bills Today: ESPN mock draft has the Bills addressing offensive line

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1. ESPN's Todd McShay: Bills take offensive lineman in the first round

Bills fans have known which draft pick they’ve had since the end of the regular season and with the conclusion of the Super Bowl, ESPN’s Todd McShay released his second mock draft now with the order finalized. The Bills have taken offensive linemen in each of his mocks but now with the ninth pick instead of the sixth he has Buffalo taking Jawaan Taylor out of Florida.

Taylor was a three-year starter for the Gators at right tackle with a unique blend of size, strength, length and mobility. In McShay’s first mock draft, the Bills took Jonah Williams from Alabama with the sixth pick. 

“The Bills need to protect Josh Allen, and Taylor is mobile and powerful with good size,” McShay wrote. “He can ride faster rushers past the QB with his quickness, allowing Allen time to find a receiver deep (yeah, Buffalo needs one of those too) or take off. With Dion Dawkins at left tackle and the majority of Taylor's experience coming on the right side.”

2. Four Bills in rank among the top 200 in early 2019 fantasy football projections

Fantasy football consumes football fans all year-round. Fans are eager to start their research in advance of the 2019 NFL season. Four Bills landed inside the top 200 projected fantasy players for 2019 on Michael Fabiano’s initial 2019 rankings for NFL.com. All rankings were based on a PPR (points per reception) scoring system.

76. Lesean McCoy

At age 30, McCoy produced the least productive season he’s had as a Bill, but that shouldn’t deter fantasy owners. McCoy was a pro bowler five straight seasons prior to this season, he is regarded as one of the best dual-threat running backs in the league.

With Josh Allen potentially becoming more of an all-around threat from the quarterback position in his second season and improved play from the offensive line, McCoy is poised to return to the pro bowl caliber running back that fans have known him to be.

127. Robert Foster

Coming out of Alabama, Foster was invited to the NFL Combine where he clocked the fifth-fastest time for all wide receivers in the 40-yard dash - 4.41. Foster fell to the Bills as an undrafted free agent and surprised everyone with his production as a rookie.

Foster finished second on the team this season in yards with 541 yards on just 27 receptions and averaged 20.04 yards per reception.

147. Zay Jones

Jones was the Bills’ most productive receiver in 2018 leading the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Jones posted 56 receptions, 652 yards and seven touchdowns.

169. Josh Allen

Allen ranks 22nd among NFL quarterbacks in Fabiano's fantasy rankings - one spot behind fellow rookie quarterback Sam Darnold of the NY Jets.

With Allen's rushing ability and guidance from new quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey, experts see Allen improving the Bills offensive production via the pass and the run and becoming a reliable fantasy option for the upcoming season.

3. MMQB previews the AFC's top storylines for the offseason

There’s still a lull in the NFL offseason before teams can officially make their free agency decisions. The MMQB identified the top storylines to watch for each team in the AFC this offseason and for the Bills they focused on the offensive line rebuild.

For Buffalo's AFC East rivals, Conor Orr from the MMQB pondered what Miami will do at the quarterback position under new head coach Brian Flores.

The Ryan Tannehill transition: General manager Chris Grier said the team has not made a call on their former first-round pick yet. While it’s hard to see an avenue to the playoffs with Tannehill (and hard to count on him making it through 16 games), that’s a decision for Grier and new head coach Brian Flores. Presumed offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell has ties to soon-available quarterback Joe Flacco, while Flores has worked closely with Colts backup Jacoby Brissett.

Conor Orr also suggested that the NY Jets may pursue free agent running back LeVeon Bell in free agency

The pursuit of Le’Veon Bell: It’s about the only place it makes sense in terms of the roster construction, though the hiring of Adam Gase sort of complicates that. Gase’s offense would accentuate a player like Bell, but after reading the tea leaves from his time in Miami, is he willing to pay top dollar for a running back who already has teams on notice? Regardless, general manager Mike Maccagnan is spending for his job, and the Jets will have more money than almost any team in football, plus the No. 3 pick in the draft. _

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