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Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Watch 9.0 | 2024


No. 28 – WR Xavier Worthy, Texas

The Bills could make an aggressive move up the board to find a new weapon for Josh Allen after parting with Stefon Diggs. If they stay put, snagging the 40-yard dash king to take the top off defenses and catch Allen's rockets would be exhilarating.

TRADE No. 28, No. 133, No. 144 and 2025 second-rounder to Jacksonville for No. 17 – WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

(Projected trade: Bills trade picks Nos. 28, 133, 144 and a 2025 second-rounder to the Jaguars for No. 17.)

The Bills need their draft picks to remodel the roster with young, low-priced depth, but general manager Brandon Beane is an aggressive drafter and has never shied away from moving up in the first round to get his guy. Thomas is an outstanding size/speed athlete with better route-running skill than given he's credit for, and he'd give Josh Allen a new WR1 on offense.

TRADE No. 28 to EAGLES for No. 22 – WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

If Brian Thomas Jr. does start to fall into this range, it would make sense for Buffalo, who just shipped out their WR1 in Stefon Diggs, to put together a package to move up and secure him.

No. 28 – WR Troy Franklin, Oregon

Losing Stefon Diggs certainly creates an area of need for the Bills, even if they're banking on running the offense through Dalton Kincaid.

TRADE No. 28, No. 60 and a 2025 first rounder to Atlanta for No. 8 and No. 109 – WR Malik Nabers, LSU

How about someone other than one of the top edge rushers for the Falcons? As for the Bills, they are too tempted by Nabers' fall and send No. 28, No. 60 and a 2025 first-round pick to Atlanta, whose GM Terry Fontenot does have ties to Buffalo's offensive coordinator Joe Brady and new quarterback coach Ronald Curry from their time together in New Orleans. Beyond the chance to draft the electric LSU wideout, the Bills get No. 109 in return from the Falcons. After this move, Atlanta would be overflowing with early draft capital.

TRADE No. 28, No. 128 and a 2025 third-rounder to Rams for No. 19 – WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

The Rams' biggest needs are at edge defender, cornerback and linebacker, but there isn't necessarily a great value for them at any of those positions at this pick. The Bills, on the other hand, have a high need for a wide receiver after losing Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis, Trent Sherfield and Deonte Harty and adding Curtis Samuel and Mack Hollins. A trade-up will ensure they get whichever remaining receiver they would like, especially when the Pittsburgh Steelers pick next and they could be looking to add a receiver.

No. 28 – WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

The Bills might need to address wideout multiple times after trading Stefon Diggs and not re-signing Gabe Davis. Thomas would wrap both needs into one as a complete No. 1 with Davis' big-play juice outside.

No. 28 – WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas

The Bills stay put and still get one of the top wideout prospects in the draft. Big, fast and physical, Mitchell garners plenty of interest in league circles. This is lower than where some other mock drafts have him going, but I could see him lingering in the mid-to-late 20s.

No. 28 – WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas

The Buffalo Bills are expected to draft a receiver at No. 28 after trading away Stefon Diggs. While players such as Ladd McConkey (Georgia) and Xavier Legette (South Carolina) could be on their radar, Adonai Mitchell is too talented to ignore. He gives them size and athleticism, which projects to an X-receiver in the NFL. That's exactly what Josh Allen and the Bills need in the post-Diggs era.

No. 28 – WR Troy Franklin, Oregon

The Buffalo Bills need wide receivers, badly, after trading away Stefon Diggs. That likely doesn't end with this selection, but it begins by adding Oregon's Troy Franklin. A long, speedy deep threat, Franklin won't replace everything that Buffalo lost with Diggs, but he was phenomenally productive in college and can get off press coverage when he sees it.

No. 28 – WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

There's a very high probability Brian Thomas Jr. will go higher, but for me, there's more I need to see in his game as a separator off the line of scrimmage. More nuance is required in his game, thus dropping him to the Bills here. I do love the fit, however, where Thomas Jr. will immediately become 'WR1' next to Khalil Shakir and Curtis Samuel.

TRADE No. 28 to MIAMI for No. 21 – WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

To ensure a shot at one of the top five receivers, the Bills move up in a deal with their AFC East foe. The 6-3, 209-pound Thomas figures to bring an explosive element to any passing attack after leading the Football Bowl Subdivision with 17 touchdowns last season while averaging 17.3 yards pre reception. Josh Allen would surely appreciate how much the receiver can open up the offense after the Stefon Diggs trade.

No. 28 – WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas

I've got Buffalo earmarked as a team that could trade up. But in this scenario, the Bills can stick at No. 28 and still land the speedy Mitchell -- who ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the combine and had just one drop in 2023.