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Bills Today | Will Buffalo address the defense with the 30th overall pick?

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1. Will Buffalo address the defense with the 30th overall pick?

Selecting a cornerback for the Bills in round one of the 2021 NFL Draft has become wildly popular the last couple of weeks and 'The Ringer' is the latest to follow suit. With Buffalo's pick at 30, draft analyst Danny Kelly selected Northwestern CB Greg Newsome for the Bills.

Here was his take on why the pick makes sense for Buffalo.

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Buffalo has very few glaring roster holes but could use talent at the cornerback position. Newsome fits the bill, pun intended, and would be a nice counterpart to Tre'Davious White on the outside.

Kelly's scouting report on Newsome pointed out that he has ideal length, quickness and ball skills and rarely gives up plays over the top, a staple of Buffalo's secondary play. He also mentioned that durability concerns are what could keep him on the board until the Bills are on the clock.

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2. Buffalo suggested as possible trade partner for Eagles

It's not the first time it's been mentioned in print, but ESPN.com's Tim McManus is the latest to suggest the Bills as a possible trade partner for the Philadelphia Eagles at the bottom of round one.

Citing the Bills as in need of a boost of talent at tight end, the suggested trade involves Buffalo trading out of the first round and moving back seven spots from their pick at 30 to the Eagles' second-round pick at 37th overall.

In exchange the Bills would get veteran TE Zach Ertz or a combination of picks in the deal. Here's the proposal.

Another option for the Eagles is to package the No. 37 pick to acquire an additional first-rounder. The Eagles could entice a team in the back end of the first round to move out with a combination of picks, or even include tight end Zach Ertz -- who is expected to be traded before the start of the season -- as part of the deal. The Buffalo Bills, as an example, could use a boost at tight end. They hold the No. 30 pick and showed interest in Ertz earlier this offseason.

Bills GM Brandon Beane has demonstrated an interest in trading up in the draft as he's done so in two of the three drafts that he's presided over for Buffalo. Whether the Bills would be able to absorb Ertz's contract figure is another potential roadblock in such a trade scenario.

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3. Jim Kelly named the best 14th overall pick in NFL draft history

CBSSports.com put together their top five all-time 14th overall picks in NFL Draft history. Not surprisingly, Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly earned the top spot when it came to pick 14. Here is some of CBSSports.com's reasoning behind their selection of Kelly as the best 14th selection ever.

He was named to the Pro Bowl five times throughout his career and received two All-Pro nods. His No. 12 is retired by the Buffalo Bills, is a member of the franchise's Wall of Fame and is currently the club's all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Kelly was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2002, marking the cherry on top of what is growing into one of the more underrated careers in NFL history.

The other 14th overall picks to make the all-time top five list were former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, LB Randy Gradishar, Green Bay 1960's era LB Dave Robinson, NY Jets CB Darrelle Revis and Pro Football Hall of Fame DE Gino Marchetti.

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