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Bills Earn an ‘A’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Bills, who according to Kiper got an ‘A’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

That the Bills were targeting a quarterback tends to make you forget this was a playoff team, so the first round was an interesting mix, as they added both high-upside potential at the game’s most important position, and also immediate help at a spot where rookies can often be found contributing. They gave up some notable draft value in second-round picks to maneuver, but I’m not sure any team added this kind of high-upside talent. Key word: upside.

We know Josh Allen (pick 7) needs development as a player with great traits but lacking polish out of Wyoming, but development is a given for any QB. The addition of Tremaine Edmunds (16) means that the Bills managed to get two of my top 11 players in this draft class, and Edmunds is likely to help right away. The useful immediate help and long-range upside wasn’t limited to Round 1, either. Harrison Phillips (96) is an interior disruptor who can jump into the mix in Week 1. Kyle Williams won’t play forever (probably?) so this was a good fit. Taron Johnson (121) can get on the field early. He won’t be a No. 1 corner, but in the fifth round, he’s a decent get. Ray-Ray McCloud (187) is a wildcard, but he can jump into the return game and could factor into the wide receiver depth chart.

Yeah, it’ll come down to Allen, but if he reaches his upside, you change the direction of the franchise. He could be a perfect fit in Buffalo. As it always goes with big bets on quarterbacks, time will tell the story.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/7 Josh Allen QB WYOMING
1/16 Tremaine Edmunds OLB VIRGINIA TECH
3/96 Harrison Phillips DT STANFORD
4/121 Taron Johnson CB WEBER STATE
5/154 Siran Neal CB JACKSONVILLE STATE
5/166 Wyatt Teller G VIRGINIA TECH
6/187 Ray-Ray McCloud WR CLEMSON
7/255 Austin Proehl WR NORTH CAROLINA


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