Draft Day is finally here. I love the draft because to me it’s awesome for two reasons. The first is that to me the draft is the unofficial beginning of the summer. It lets you know that the optimism of the Bills is at its peak right now, and us mafia members will stare at the wall until training camp. The second reason is the fans who attended the draft. They just crack me up. Just because it’s the exact same experience as you would get at home. You literally miss or see nothing that would scream “you gotta be here.” Plus twitter has ruined the draft with announcing picks before they are brought out. But enough of my rambling! Here is the wish list I want in the various situations that could occur tonight.
The Bills Stay at 10
The brutal second half of the season that the Bills had, has left them with the tenth pick. Not the best of situations, but there seems to be plenty of offensive talent in this draft which I’m thankful for. So ideally at pick ten the Bills should take Mike Williams of Clemson.
Mike Williams is what exactly this offense needs. The Bills ground game is one of the best in the NFL, and that isn’t going to change this year either. But simply put, Tyrod Taylor needs more weapons around him if this team is going to have any success. Sure Sammy Watkins has proven he is the Bills number 1. But he has not been able to stay on the field. Without him, the Bills passing attack has been non-existent. Sure they don’t throw much in the first place…but you can’t have Andre Holmes as your prime receiver if Watkins suffers another setback. That is why this pick is needed. Williams has the speed and the size at 6’4 220. He’s the best redzone threat in this draft at the wide receiver position. Williams also has shown to be an effective run blocker, and more importantly can play the slot very well considering his size.
If Williams is taken
If Williams is taken before the Bills can draft. John Ross from Washington is a receiver who stands out. He lacks the size of Williams, but more than makes up for it in his speed. This dude ran a 4.2 at the combine!!! He would be great as a returner on special teams, and would be a natural inside at the slot position.
Although I am really committed to the Bills taking a receiver at this pick. I do believe that the TE positon is also a big possibility at 10. Charles Clay has not been the consistent hands that a conservative quarterback that Tyrod can check down too. He also lacks the size, and the speed that O’s want in today’s NFL. OJ Howard fits this role. He and Nick O’Leary would be ideal in the two TE sets that the Bills run the ball with. He can both run and pass block quite well, but has the hands, size, and speed that would allow him to be a match-up nightmare for defensive schemes. If there is anyone that Howard reminds me of, it’s Julius Thomas when he was with the Broncos.
If the Bills trade down
If the Bills end up trading down. It’s between two Alabama teammates who played on that stellar defense. Reuben Foster and Tim Williams. Both dudes have major red flags when it pertains to their off-field issues. Foster provides the speed and size that is needed for the Bills on the outside, and in their pass coverage at the linebacker position. Williams although undersized, has unbelievable speed off the edge, and just naturally gets too the quarterback. Williams to me is the favorite to win out with Sean McDermott moving back to a 4-3 scheme. Scouts have made the Julius Peppers comparison to Williams before, and getting pressure on the Quarterback is the most important part of any NFL defense.
But for BillsMafia, regardless how tonight unfolds. Just remember that the draft is about laughing at yearly video of horrible Jets picks.