MOCK DRAFT WATCH

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2021 Mock Draft Watch 2.0

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TRADE - No. 21 via IND, CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

Buffalo receives: 2021 first-round pick (No. 21 overall

Indianapolis receives:
2021 first-round pick (No. 30 overall)
2021 third-round pick (No. 93 overall) 2021 fifth-round pick

Buffalo Bills (via IND) — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Since Brandon Beane was hired as general manager in 2017 the Bills have been one of the most aggressive teams in the first two rounds of the draft, targeting certain players and trading up to get them. Buffalo could upgrade the No. 2 cornerback spot on the depth chart, and Horn is a great fit for what the Bills covet at the position.

No. 30 - S Trevon Moehrig, TCU

The Bills' moves on the offensive line this offseason will tell us a lot about how they'll approach the draft. But in the meantime, let's assume they'll be in better shape on the offensive line than what we saw in 2020.

What they also could use is a rangy, versatile safety who can handle some slot duty, and Moehrig fits that mold to a tee. Last year the Bills were very much in on Kyle Dugger, whom the Patriots drafted early in Round 2, and Moehrig checks off a lot of the same boxes with terrific athletic traits, ball skills and positional versatility. He played the nickel, in the box and as a deep safety, turning in a strong 2020 season for the Horned Frogs.

No. 30 – RB Najee Harris, Alabama

It has been three years since we had multiple running backs in Round 1, and Kiper will shake his head at this pick, but the Bills' run offense was a visible issue during their playoff run. Quarterback Josh Allen led the team in rushing over three games with 145 yards, and no running back broke 65 in total. During the regular season, the Bills averaged 4.2 yards per carry, but no player broke 700 yards on the ground.

Devin Singletary looks more effective as a third-down back, and Zack Moss struggled to stay healthy this season. After spending third-rounders on each of them over the past two drafts, it's time for Buffalo to get a true difference-maker in the run game to balance the Allen-Stefon Diggs connection in the pass game. Harris showcased his strength, size and speed en route to 1,466 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns this season.

No. 30 - OT Tevin Jenkins, Oklahoma St

Tackles Daryl Williams and Ty Nsekhe are free agents, so the Bills might need a new right tackle like Jenkins to improve their ability to rush the ball and protect budding star Josh Allen.

No. 61 - LB Jabril Cox, LSU

No. 93 - OG Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater

No. 30 - DT Christian Barmore, Alabama

The Buffalo Bills exceeded all expectations in 2020 with a run to the AFC Championship Game. The Bills roster is loaded in certain areas, though the defensive interior is not one of them.

Buffalo ranked among the bottom half of the league by allowing 4.6 yards per carry. None of the team's defensive tackles played particularly well. Justin Zimmer, who didn't have a regular role until the second half of the season, was arguably the group's most consistent performer.

Alabama's Christian Barmore entered the 2020 campaign as one of the country's most intriguing draft prospects, because he flashed as an interior pass-rusher but not on a full-time basis. He got a chance to be a starter this past season and didn't emerge as the player everyone expected until Alabama's playoff run.

The Bills could take a chance on the upside and possibly land a future All-Pro talent.

No. 30 - T Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State

The Bills' interior got waxed in the AFC championship game against the Chiefs, and right tackle Daryl Williams was only on a one-year deal. Jenkins has the size and game to play either guard or tackle.

No. 30 - CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

No. 30 - RB Najee Harris, Alabama

The Bills took a big step forward in 2020, but they need more balance in their offense. The physical three-down runner with talent as a receiver out of the backfield could immediately upgrade not just the running game but the offense overall.

No. 30 - OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan

The Bills need to address offensive line in some form as a high priority with tackle Darryl Williams being the bigger free-agent concern over guards Jon Feliciano and Brian Winters, as Cody Ford returning from injury can shore up one of those spots. Mayfield has stood out on film with his size, length and strength and can develop into a smooth blocker a la the Broncos' Garett Bolles.

No. 30 - LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

The Bills have some challenging free agent questions to address and a limited amount of cap space should the cap come in at $175 million. With two starters on the offensive line—Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams—scheduled to be free agents, it would be logical for Buffalo to prioritize them and their value to Josh Allen and the offense and let linebacker Matt Milano walk. In general manager Brandon Beane's year-end press conference, he noted Milano has to prove he can be healthy for all 16 games and mentioned he has earned the right to see what his market bears in free agency. Owusu-Koramoah has the ideal skill set to step in for Milano and provide Buffalo with a matchup linebacker that thrives in space and coverage.

No. 62 - WR Dyami Brown, North Carolina

No. 30 - Edge Jayson Oweh, Penn State

The Bills added A.J. Epenesa in the second round of last year's draft, but their best pass-rusher —Jerry Hughes— will be 33 years old next season and on the last year of his contract. Across from him, Mario Addison is also pushing into his 30s. Oweh would add some much-needed youth to the position.

You aren't a two-time member of Bruce Feldman's Freaks List without having some serious athletic ability, and Oweh certainly has that. He can beat tackles around the edge with his get-off, and he was much improved against the run this past season at Penn State, posting an 89.7 run-defense grade.

No. 30 - EDGE Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest

The Bills' need for more speed and athleticism on defense could make the ultra-active Basham an intriguing option. The Wake Forest standout is an impressive pass rusher with an explosive first step and violent hands.

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