How did the Bills do?
Edge…Beane eschewed the smaller versions of edge rushers (ex: Anae), as well as solutions that were inexperienced or not team-first guys (ex: Chaisson). Epenesa is the exact opposite. He’s huge, humble, hungry, and eager to prove that 31 teams made a mistake in RD1. (+31 Value)
Complement to Singletary….Zack Moss’s comp is Frank Gore. Same body type, but also the same humility and team-first outlook. This thunder-and-lightning package offers the bang and bounce behind Josh Allen that will cause nightmares for defensive coordinators. (+2 Value)
Red Zone, Big WR—- Shenault would have ably filled the role played by Isaiah McKenzie for jet motions, sweeps, shovel passes, and quick targets. But Diggs is shiftier and separates better. The draft needed to produce height and hands to reach the end zone more often. RD4’s Gabriel Davis (6-2, 216) specializes in high-pointing and pass-catch acrobatics, and RD6’s Isaiah Hodgins (6-4) shows up for fades and corner routes. Both rookie wideouts will help Josh improve his “accuracy problem”, and their 43 combined touchdowns will prevent us winning games 7-6. (+13 and +41 Value).
Young Gun…Make no mistake; this is Josh’s team. He’s moved from rookie to comfortable to confident, even heading toward brash, Jim Kelly-like swagger. Beane didn’t mean to draft a QB this year, but when Jake Fromm was there in RD5 at +129 Value, you take him. He’ll compete with Barkley and Webb for backup, and he’s perfect. Fromm’s accuracy vs the SEC teams was #2 in the draft class, and #1 went #1 overall. (+129 Value).
CB…Tre Dey may get his payday. Levi Wallace may be great. Josh Norman is among the eight oldest, and EJ Gaines is an injury risk. The Bills didn’t draft a CB early, showing trust in Levi and a faith they’ll get a deal with White. Dane Jackson was my favorite Day 3 corner. (+22 Value).
Kickers…Bass kicked a 50-yard FG from standing position, and has kicked a 71-yarder. Kickers are a dime a dozen. Not sure I’d have invested a pick on one, especially one that wasn’t on our Big Board. Trusting Beane on this one, and I don’t trust Hauscka or Vedvik. Our GM is usually right, but he gets an incomplete for this pick.(-78 Reach).
In summary, Beane and his scouting staff have hit back-to-back home runs, no easy feat when 31 competitors are vying for the same players. They did it with patience, practicality, experience, courage, and smarts. Thank you for your readership, BillsMafia!
Editor’s babble: Thank YOU Dean Kindig for your tireless effort covering the draft. We appreciate all your hard work. You can also find Dean on Twitter @TCBILLS_Astro.