It was a hot start for the Buffalo Bills with their draft as they were able to grab Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa in the second round, then later get Utah running back Zack Moss. They fulfilled their 1-2 punch in the running back room with Devin Singletary and drafted Epenesa, who most had labeled as a first round player throughout most of the draft process. General manager Brandon Beane was happy about how the draft worked out for him and he spoke on how day three would be potentially be best player available.
The Bills Day Three Draft Picks:
Round 4 (#128): Gabriel Davis, WR/UCF
The Bills kicked off their draft on day three in the fourth round by selecting UCF wide receiver Gabriel Davis. Listed at 6’2″ and 216 pounds, Davis brings a vertical route running game to the Bills. He joins Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley in the receiving core and can push towards seeing the field in 2020.
Getting Josh Allen another weapon is crucial for his development and he’ll get a big body receiver in Davis. In his career at Central Florida, Davis was production machine. He caught 152 passes for 2,447 yards and 23 touchdowns. That is one productive player if I say so. Even with trading for Diggs in early March, the Bills still want to surround Allen with wideouts and Davis is a solid pick for the offense.
Round 5 (#167): Jake Fromm, QB/Georgia
In a shocking move, the Bills decided to grab a young quarterback from Georgia in Jake Fromm. Why would the Bills make the move for a quarterback when they drafted Allen two years ago? It’s about having a plan just incase Allen cannot play for some reason. It was a definitely a big surprise to see the Bills draft Fromm, but Beane talked about how his value was too high to pass on in the fifth round.
The three year Bulldog brings accuracy and leadership traits to Western New York. He threw for 8,236, 78 touchdowns and only 18 interceptions. Yes, you read that right. The only big knock on Fromm is his inability to throw the long ball.
This is a good pickup for Buffalo. Not because it provides competition for the Bills, but because it allows the team to develop another young quarterback while having their franchise still in developing. Plus, the Bills will not play against Fromm.
Round 6 (#188): Tyler Bass, K/Georgia Southern
Bass was the second kicker taken off the draft board and he will be kicking field goals in Buffalo. The Bills still have Stephen Hauschka, but he struggled down the stretch of last season. Not to mention, he is 34 years old as well. It is highly unlikely that the team moves on from Hauschka before the 2020 season, but that is still a possibility.
This was more of a safe pick for the Bills incase Hauschka does not make it out of camp on the roster, so it will be interesting what the team does in this area. He had a great senior bowl performance and a strong combine outing and he finds himself landing with the Bills.
Round 6 (#207): Isaiah Hodgins WR/Oregon State
The Bills went with another receiver in Hodgins. Yet another big target, Hodgins is listed at 6’4″, 210 pounds. He is a massive wideout but struggled both at the combine and his last season at Oregon State. In 2019, Hodgins caught 86 passes and racked up 1,171 yards with 13 touchdowns. His 13 touchdowns last season currently sit as the second most receiving touchdowns by an Oregon State player in one season. He was productive, but he is a raw type player that needs to be in the right coaching fit.
Hodgins may not make it to the 53 man roster, but he could be placed on the practice squad to develop as a receiver. Either way, it is another option for the Bills offense down the stretch.
Round 7 (#239): Dane Jackson, CB/Pittsburgh
The Bills drafted defense first and drafted defense last with cornerback Dane Jackson out of Pitt. A very competitive player at a position that the Bills are strong at, Jackson adds depth to the back end of the Bills defense. He can play both man and zone coverage, but there is question about how he recovers if a receiver gets past him. Luckily, his head coach was a defensive back in coach so McDermott will have the opportunity to develop Jackson.
He only allowed just over 42 percent of throws be completed which means he has the ability to lock down a receiver, but it was not consistent at times. The Bills needed to grab another body at the defensive back spot and Jackson is their guy.
The Bills did not trade up or down once which means they felt comfortable at each spot drafting a player. This was the first time in a long time where it felt like the Bills did not need to draft for need, but rather depth. Getting a steal in Epenesa opens up their future on the defensive end spot and getting a solid running back in Moss is big for sure. They also have a very young quarterback room with Allen and Fromm.
Beane had a great overall draft after having a great offseason, and now it is on to the next phase (atleast we hope so), training camp.