3 Players the Bills Need to Avoid With Their Top Draft Pick

By michael obermuller
LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is on our list of prospects for Buffalo to avoid in 2020.
LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is on our list of prospects for Buffalo to avoid in 2020. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images
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Given that the Buffalo Bills traded their top 2020 NFL Draft pick, along with a few others, for wide receiver Stefon Diggs, their new top pick is actually on day two. Yes, the Bills fans won't hear their names called until the 54th overall selection, but their roster doesn't need a whole lot.

In recent years, Buffalo has molded itself into a playoff contender, and possibly a future AFC East champion with the departure of Tom Brady. They have one of the best defenses in the game, with a young and talented quarterback, running back, tight end and a deep receiving corps now that Diggs is in town. Still, there are always areas teams can improve.

The Bills have drafted well and made the right moves in free agency to get to this point, but the franchise should avoid these three players with their first pick at No. 54 if they want to keep it that way.

3. Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

Cole Kmet cannot wrangle in a pass against Virginia Tech.
Cole Kmet cannot wrangle in a pass against Virginia Tech. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

The Bills should look to improve up front long-term, on the offensive line and at defensive tackle. Both areas are weak in depth. Drafting tight end Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame would not do this, and it would also add to an already crowded tight end room that includes Dawson Knox, Tyler Croft, Lee Smith, Jason Croom and Tommy Sweeney. Knox, in particular, exceeded expectations during his rookie season, he should be allowed an opportunity to step into a starting role in 2020. While Kmet might turn into a nice player somewhere, Buffalo has more pressing needs to attend to.

2. Terrell Lewis, EDGE, Alabama

Terrell Lewis hasn't been on the field much in recent seasons for Alabama.
Terrell Lewis hasn't been on the field much in recent seasons for Alabama. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Alabama product, Terrell Lewis, has missed time in both 2018 and 2019 due to injury. After spending on Mario Addison in free agency to account for the loss of Shaq Lawson, the Bills now have three rotational pieces at edge. Jerry Hughes leads the way on one end, while Addison and Trent Murphy will likely battle it out on the other side. There's a lot of money and depth already invested in this position, and Lewis is a risk after the injuries. A defensive tackle to pair with Ed Oliver for the long haul may end up being the better decision.

1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Clyde Edwards-Helaire slips a Clemson tackler.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire slips a Clemson tackler. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The former LSU Tiger is all too similar to Devin Singletary. They are both potential three-down backs that play with a shifty quickness and quick-cut vision, with the ability to catch as well as they run. The Bills have not seemed 100 percent confident about Singletary, despite his 5.1 yards per carry and 70.7 percent catch rate during his rookie campaign. T.J. Yeldon is still on the roster as well, who is a versatile backup that has been underused. An upgrade on the right side of the line might help Singletary and Yeldon in 2020. Clyde Edwards-Helaire would just create confusion in Buffalo.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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