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1. Here's what this prospect had to say about Ed Oliver

Houston offensive lineman Joshua Jones knows Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver well as Oliver came out of Houston in the 2019 draft. Jones said he was the best offensive lineman and Oliver was the best defensive lineman, so they used each other to get better.

"When he first came into UH, I'm just thinking he's just another guy," Jones said. "He has to put on his pants the same way we do, but then it was the second day of pads and he slid up at nose with the second team running with the twos, dude sits there and lifts up our center, tosses him out of the way and hits the running back in the backfield. The running back's helmet pops off, the ball flies in the air, I'm like alright he can go. He's a good player. After that he saw me rising as the best offensive linemen so we just went at it every day—Oklahoma drill, one-on-ones, just to get as many reps as we could against each other."

Jones explained any time a player went up against Oliver in practice they had to be on their A-game. The two currently have the same agent and Oliver has been in touch with Jones giving him advice about going through the draft process.

2. WR prospects say it's best receiver draft class in years

Many national media members believe this year's wide receivers draft class is the most talented group in years due to its depth. Bills general manager Brandon Beane said it's not anything unique that stands out, it's simply the amount of talent. The group is so skilled that several draft analysts think a team can draft a receiver in the second round and still find someone who can be a key player in the NFL. The wide receiver prospects think it's special to be a part of such a highly touted group.

"This class is definitely big and very talented," LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson said. "A lot of us are big playmakers. A lot of us are pretty fast and just being able to go up there and just make those plays on the field."

Clemson receiver Tee Higgins says each receiver has the potential to change a team.

"These guys are really talented," Higgins explained. "There's nobody there that can't be a number one receiver for a team. Everybody out here is just gifted. We just have to go out there and be ourselves."

Colorado wide out Laviska Shenault Jr thinks this class is the best since the 2014 draft class.

"I think this is the most talented group since Odell's [Beckham] class," Shenault said. "I think we are talented across the board and we check a lot of boxes. I think this class can do great things."

3. What do the Bills need out of the 2020 draft?

Head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have explained many times that they need more points out of their offense. One answer to scoring more points is to put more weapons around Josh Allen. ESPN believes the Bills need a receiver with the 22nd overall pick.

Wide receiver. It all boils down to the Bills needing playmakers, and that starts at wide receiver. John Brown had a career year in 2019 -- his first in Buffalo -- but quarterback Josh Allen needs as many weapons at his disposal as possible if the Bills are to take advantage of an up-for-grabs AFC East in 2020. More positions to watch: DE, LB, CB -- Marcel Louis-Jacques

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