Buffalo Bills 3 Biggest NFL Draft Needs Following Free Agency

Zach Brunner
The Buffalo Bills' 2020 NFL Draft needs include offensive linemen.
The Buffalo Bills' 2020 NFL Draft needs include offensive linemen. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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The Buffalo Bills made a big splash early in the NFL offseason by trading for wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Since then, Buffalo has mostly added pieces to the strong defense, hoping to be able to hold back the AFC's elite offenses in the year ahead.

While it has been a successful offseason for the Bills so far, there are still needs the team needs to address. These are the three biggest needs the Bills should address in the NFL Draft.

1. Edge Rusher

Jordan Phillips led the Bills in sacks, but left in free agency.
Jordan Phillips led the Bills in sacks, but left in free agency. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Bills were right around the league average with 92 quarterback hits (No. 17 in the NFL) in 2019, and their 44 sacks put them at No. 12. While that sack number is solid, 16 of those 44 sacks have walked out the door with the losses of Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips. Buffalo did sign Mario Addison and a couple others on the defensive front, but they could use another pass rush specialist to improve this area of their defense.

2. Kicker

Stephen Hauschka made just one field goal over 50 yards last season.
Stephen Hauschka made just one field goal over 50 yards last season. / Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Stephen Hauschka has been the Bills' kicker for the past three seasons, but he has been mediocre in his role. He has been under 80 percent for field goals in each of the past two seasons, and he made just 1-of-5 from over 50 yards last season. Buffalo plays teams close, with 10 of their games last season being settled by one score, including a three-point playoff loss. This means every kick is crucial, and they shouldn't settle for sub-80 percent.

3. Offensive Line

Cody Ford continues to play a variety of spots on the offensive line.
Cody Ford continues to play a variety of spots on the offensive line. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Drafting offensive line depth is always important, but it is especially so for the Bills, who lack quality depth. They also seem to not know where they should play Cody Ford, who is currently slotted in at right tackle almost by default, with no other quality tackle talent. The Bills should draft a versatile lineman that can fill in a variety of spots, but the emphasis should be at tackle.


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