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1. NFL Network analysts predict this pair of prospects for Buffalo

NFL Network’s Chad Reuter and Lance Zierlein looked at each team's first two picks in the NFL draft and created the best prospect pair for each team based on their needs. For the Bills, the two think a corner and an edge can help with depth on defense.

Round 2: No. 54 overall -- Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Round 3: No. 86 -- Darrell Taylor, edge rusher, Tennessee

The addition of Josh Norman -- signed a one-year deal last month -- gives the Bills an opportunity to take and develop Igbinoghene. He is big, strong and explosive, but somewhat raw with his coverage technique. Teams I've spoken with have some concerns about Taylor, but talent isn't one of them. He's twitched-up with rush potential waiting to be unlocked.

In 2019, Igbinohene racked up 42 total tackles and seven passes defensed. Taylor had 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble, four passes defense and 46 total tackles last season.

2. ESPN's Mel Kiper picks this prospect for the Bills

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his fourth mock draft and has the Bills selecting a player who could add depth at the defensive line with their second round pick.

Julian Okwara, DE/OLB, Notre Dame

Okwara, who broke his leg in November and didn't work out at the combine, has some versatility as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense or an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He'd be an end in Buffalo. The Bills added veteran Mario Addison to take over for Shaq Lawson, who left in free agency, but there are plenty of reps in the rotation for Okwara.

In 2019, Okwara played in nine games totaling five sacks, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and 19 tackles. In four seasons, Okwara had 15.5 sacks with his career high, eight, coming in 2018.

3. PFF explains why the Bills are poised to contend for AFC East crown

PFF’s George Chahrouri is eyeing the Bills as a contender for the AFC East crown in 2020 because of their returning roster and free agency additions, especially receiver Stefon Diggs.

"It's the Bills who are circling in on the Patriots crown after adding stud wide receiver Stefon Diggs to an incredibly deep roster," Chahrouri said. "Diggs is just 25 and he's already cementing himself as one of the best receivers in the game ranking 12th at his position in PFF grade over the last three seasons."

Diggs adds a layer to the offense that quarterback Josh Allen has been working to perfect heading into year three. The receiver's proven ability with deep-ball success will give the wide receiver corps and Allen a third dimension.

"Quite simply, he's the total package at wide receiver," Charouri explained. "Over the last three seasons, Stefon Diggs has straight up owned the deep route tree. I'm talking about go-routes, posts and corners. You may remember that one corner route deemed a miracle a few years back, the Saints sure do. When targeted on those routes Diggs has a passer rating of 125, better than any other wide receiver."

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