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Todd McShay mocks Jaelan Phillips and Levi Onwuzurike to Bills

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The Bills load up the defensive line.

With much of the team’s pressing needs fulfilled by re-signing most of their own free agents, the Buffalo Bills can be choosy about their NFL Draft choices in 2021. For ESPN’s Todd McShay, that means the Bills could load up on defensive linemen—even a year after spending the team’s top pick on defensive end A.J. Epenesa.

In McShay’s latest mock draft, he had the Bills picking Miami edge rusher Jaelan Phillips with their first-round pick. Until now, McShay had Buffalo focus on running backs, but Najee Harris and Travis Etienne both were selected before the Bills picked, clearing the runway for Phillips’s selection. The 6’5” 260-lb Phillips earned rave reviews and comparisons to Montez Sweat for his “freak” workout at his recent Pro Day, including a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 10’5” broad jump and 4.12 short shuttle. He led the Hurricanes with eight sacks and 15.5 tackles-for-loss (TFLs) in 2020, only two years after he thought about retiring from football because of various injuries suffered while playing for UCLA.

McShay wasn’t done with defenders, as he stretched his mock into round two. He had the Bills bolster their tackle rotation with Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike, his 35th-ranked prospect. The 6’2” 290-lb defensive tackle had five sacks and 12.5 TFLs between his sophomore and junior seasons, but opted out of the 2020 season. Onwuzurike recorded a 4.85 40-yard dash and 30” vertical jump at his Pro Day.

Dan’s take

With the Bills in a strong position after free agency, the Best Player Available route makes plenty of sense (and it’s probably what general manager Brandon Beane planned all along). And Phillips is definitely a top contender—if you’re comfortable with his injury history. With that sticking in my mind, I would’ve taken a cornerback like Asante Samuel Jr. instead.

Onwuzurike is a great choice—outside of Ed Oliver, the Bills don’t really have a dangerous DT on the roster. But if the team wanted to look at offense, I’d push for a player like Dillon Radunz. At 6’6” and 300 lbs, the collegiate left tackle has the agility to play at tackle, or he can anchor down and move inside to guard. He’s even taken some time to practice at center, so you’re looking at a truly versatile lineman with starting upside.

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Sweet! Two guys we will watch chasing and running after Tyrek Hill, Travis Kelce, Derek Henry, and Lamar Jackson. Sign me up! 
 

good fucking grief.


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6 hours ago, bcw said:

No way we're drafting that guy.

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21 hours ago, seandelevan said:

Sweet! Two guys we will watch chasing and running after Tyrek Hill, Travis Kelce, Derek Henry, and Lamar Jackson. Sign me up! 
 

good fucking grief.

I understand your whining about Hill and Kelce. I dont agree, but at least it makes sense. For Henry and Jackson it does not make sense, because these are the exact guys that will decrease our chasing of them ...


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31 minutes ago, Topas said:

I understand your whining about Hill and Kelce. I dont agree, but at least it makes sense. For Henry and Jackson it does not make sense, because these are the exact guys that will decrease our chasing of them ...

True....

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On ‎4‎/‎3‎/‎2021 at 9:11 AM, Thurmal said:

We've gotta do something about the pass rush.

True, but pass rushers who are ready to make an impact are usually long gone before pick 30. 

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15 minutes ago, bcw said:

True, but pass rushers who are ready to make an impact are usually long gone before pick 30. 

Or they take time develop. Draft position means nothing if you know how to scout.

 

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On 4/2/2021 at 5:10 PM, SackMan518 said:

No way we're drafting that guy.

Yeah...because he won't be there.  He'll be a top 15 pick.  The stuff at UCLA is the only thing keeping him out of the top 10...his physical traits and 2020 tape are outstanding.  

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On 4/3/2021 at 9:11 AM, Thurmal said:

We've gotta do something about the pass rush.

I guess.  But we did win 13 games with what we had.  When we played KC both times Steve Spagnolo dominated Allen and Daboll.  And that's nothing to be ashamed of...he's an absolutely awesome DC.

Yes, KC put up a lot of points on us but it's not like they beat us 38-35...we couldn't score on them.  At all.  

And before anyone jumps in and talks about what Tampa did to them in the Super Bowl, let's not forget KC had like 4 backup OL in for that game.  

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