The Bills went all offense on day two of the NFL draft. Buffalo added their seventh offensive linemen of the offseason, a touchdown-scoring machine at running back and a versatile combo tight end.
Here’s what national media had to say about the addition of offensive lineman Cody Ford, running back Devin Singletary and tight end Dawson Knox to the Buffalo Bills.
Ford completes line overhaul
CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Buffalo an “A” grade for the selection of Ford. Prisco thinks this move makes Buffalo much better.
When I talked to (Bills head coach) Sean McDermott at the combine, one of the things he said is we have to get better around Josh Allen, well, they did. This kid gets them really that much better. This is a heck of a tackle. Nice move by the Buffalo Bills.
ESPN’s Mike Clay feels the Bills have overhauled their o-line.
Ford and Singletary moves earn top grades
Yahoo gave Buffalo an ‘A-’ grade after trading up for Ford. Unsure of where Ford will play because of his versatility, Yahoo writes that he can be an instant starter in Orchard Park.
Grade = A-: Buffalo leapfrogs the Buccaneers and grabs a Round 1-caliber blocker in Ford. He’s played guard and tackle and is a great addition to a Bills O-line that has added a ton of new faces this offseason. Ford is a massive mauler with good feet and some nice protection for Josh Allen in Year 2. WE think he plays outside in Buffalo and starts early on.
For the Win’s Steven Ruiz was pleasantly surprised with Buffalo’s draft selections thus far. He wrote the following on Ford.
Grade = A: Man, I love what the Bills are doing. That’s a sentence I didn’t expect to be typing this weekend, but here we are. After landing a top-five value in Ed Oliver on Thursday night, they go and get a first-round talent on the second day. Cody Ford is a nasty run-blocker who has no issues in pass protection. Buffalo drafted him as a tackle, but he can kick inside to guard depending on their needs.
He added the following on about Singletary.
Grade = B+: Devin Singletary is the most electric runner in this class. He may not be a bell cow back — though he played that role for FAU — but he’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Singletary can be another LeSean McCoy
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that Singletary is the second-best running back in the 2019 class.
"He can make you miss, he does a great job in tight quarters," Jeremiah said. "He can be in a hallway and you can’t get a finger on him. Just real loose, nice little nifty jump cut that he uses and I don’t know if he has that big time top speed but we saw some of those same comments made about LeSean when he was coming out in the draft and we know how that worked out."
Film analyst for The Athletic Samuel Gold doubled-down on the comparison.
Dawson Knox could be No. 1 TE
The Draft Network thinks Dawson Knox could be the guy for the Bills, despite the limited looks at him in college.
Dawson Knox is a highly talented tight end with size, speed and natural hands, but was hardly ever utilized in Ole Miss' unique offense, so there are a lot of things we just don't know about who he is as a player. All of the traits are there to be a no. 1 tight end for a team in the NFL
NFL network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah likes Knox for his versatility.
In line, flexed out, he's versatile and an easy mover. Did not have a lot of production, as he didn't have a single touchdown. This kid is a great combo tight end.
Prisco from CBS Sports gave the Bills an ‘A’ for the addition of Knox.
Grade = A: He can run and helps fill a need. It's another weapon for Josh Allen. He was underutilized at Ole Miss.