No. 9 – Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
Could the Bills get their Kyle Williams replacement here? At his peak, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Gary is a menace who makes offensive linemen look foolish, but you'd like to see him do it with more regularity. Gary could play end or nose guard in a 3-4 defense or tackle in a 4-3. Buffalo could look at centers or guards here; improving the interior of the offensive line should be a priority.
No. 9 – Jonah Williams, T, Alabama
The run of defensive linemen and quarterbacks ahead of the Buffalo Bills allows the draft's best offensive lineman to slide down the board.
Alabama's Jonah Williams started at right tackle as a true freshman for the Crimson Tide and has since spent two seasons kicking tails on the left side of the line. He might not have ideal tackle measurements at 6'5" and just over 300 pounds, but his technique and footwork are flawless. If teams get out of their own way and focus instead on his skill set and not his arm length, Williams is a sure-fire top-10 pick.
In Buffalo, Williams gives the team options. Dion Dawkins could play right or left tackle as well as guard. The same goes for Williams, as this selection upgrades the total talent on the line and allows them to get the best five players on the field.
No. 9 – Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Simmons has one of the best combinations of run-stopping and pass-rushing ability in the draft, and he posted back-to-back elite grades over the last two years. Look beyond his four sacks in 2018, Simmons is one of the most difficult players to block in the draft class.
No. 9 – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
When Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane were in Carolina, they built the defense from the inside out, specifically on the interior of the defensive line. And especially with Kyle Williams retiring, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Buffalo do something similar. While he is somewhat undersized (6-3, 292), Oliver’s athleticism, play strength and motor make him tough to block.
No. 9 – Cody Ford, T, Oklahoma
Last year’s draft proved that teams are aggressive finding offensive tackles. Given the state of Buffalo’s line, they may be the team in 2019 that reaches a little bit on a blocker. Ford is a massive right tackle who plays with aggression.
No. 9 – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
Now committed to bringing along Josh Allen, Buffalo has to supply the talented but raw gunslinger with more firepower at receiver than Zay Jones and Robert Foster. As another dynamic yet developing offensive prospect, Metcalf would pair well with Allen and provide a potent downfield threat while he learns to run a full gamut of NFL routes.