1. ESPN’s predictions for the first three rounds of the draft
The NFL draft is two days away. In just over 48 hours, 32 NFL teams will begin the process of selecting 254 new players into the NFL. ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay went back and forth in their latest three-round mock playing general manager for all teams.
The mock draft includes alternate picks, no trades and no deals that say “I won’t take Player X if you don’t take Player Y.”
The Bills’ first pick at No. 9 was selected by McShay with Buffalo grabbing defensive tackle Ed Oliver from Houston.
The Bills allowed 17 rushing touchdowns last season, and Oliver excels in a one-gap scheme like Buffalo's 4-3 defense.
Round two went to Kiper with the Bills getting wide receiver N’Keal Harry from Arizona State at No. 40.
Let's get a weapon for Josh Allen. Harry has terrific hands, though he isn't a burner.
Buffalo’s final pick of the first three rounds comes at No. 74. Kiper makes the selection of Dawson Knox, a tight end from Ole Miss.
Knox is one of the most underrated offensive prospects in this class. In this scenario, we’re getting help for Josh Allen with Knox and wideout N’Keal Harry at No. 40.
The mock obviously doesn’t include any trades and general manager Brandon Beane has not shied away from making trades on draft night before. The Bills could end up with one or none of these players depending on how things shake up the first two nights of the draft.
2. Revenge games to watch on Buffalo’s 2019 schedule
There’s typically no love lost when a free agent decides to bolt for another team in free agency. Buffalo welcomed in nearly 20 new members to Orchard Park and some will match-up against their former employers this upcoming season.
The Bills will play the Cowboys, Ravens, Redskins, Jets, Dolphins, Patriots, Bengals and Titans this season. While every game is important, certain players may have these weeks already circled on their calendars.
Week 1, 17 New York Jets – Spencer Long, Andre Roberts
Week 3 Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Kroft
Week 4, 16 New England Patriots – LaAdrian Waddle
Week 5 Tennessee Titans – Quinton Spain
Week 7, 11 Miami Dolphins – Frank Gore
Week 9 Washington Redskins – Ty Nsekhe
Week 13 Dallas Cowboys – Cole Beasley
Week 14 Baltimore Ravens – John Brown
With the 2019 free agency period officially open, here's a look at Buffalo's acquisitions.
3. Matt Barkley’s spider debacle
Matt Barkley grew up in Northport Beach, California, went to USC and has spent his career travelling from Philadelphia to Arizona, San Francisco, Cincinnati and finally Buffalo last season. But, this past week Barkley saw something he’s never seen before.
Barkley was worried about the spider that he said was nearly two inches long, and found in his basement where his kids play.
Always protective of his quarterback, offensive guard Jeremiah Sirles had some advice for Barkley.
Barkley, with some help from Twitter, identified it as a wolf spider. Wolf spiders live mostly in solitude and hunt alone, according to Wikipedia. They also don’t spin any webs.
Barkley didn’t update us on the status of the spider being alive but we can imagine he dealt with it properly.