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2016 NFL Draft Grades: Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills Draft Class19th overall:


Buffalo Bills Draft Class

19th overall: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson 41st overall: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama 80th overall: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State 139th overall: Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State 156th overall: Jonathan Williams, RB, Arkansas 192nd overall: Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU 218th overall: Kevon Seymour, CB, USC At this point it shouldn’t be surprising that Rex Ryan drafted defense so strongly. He did it throughout his tenure with the New York Jets and it looks like he will be repeating the process in Buffalo. But when the offense still has a lot of holes in it you’d think eventually Rex would spend some time on it. Yes, Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland are good players. Both could have conceivably gone in the top 15 overall and the Bills could use an upgrade in those positions, but they are without any meaningful offensive upgrade at all to help improve what was one of the most inconsistent offenses in the league last year. With Cordy Glenn playing on the franchise tag and the right side of the line far from perfect I’m surprised Jason Spriggs or Germain Ifedi didn’t enter the discussion. And while their poor run defense will be greatly helped by Reggie Ragland on the inside Tyrod Taylor could have used some help beyond Sammy Watkins on the outside. And with Taylor on the last year of what was a very cheap contract offer the Bills might be moving on from him in 2017, but Cardale Jones is a long way from being NFL ready. It is hard to give the Bills a bad grade for this draft because I do like Lawson and Ragland a lot, but they ignored need and once again let Rex Ryan throw more assets into a defense that was working brilliantly before he arrived and then fell apart. Maybe Kolby Listenbee can spark the passing offense, he is a sub-4.4 40 yard guy but he is much more a sprinter than he is a wide receiver, struggling to break down and turn. Maybe he will be able to take the top off defenses frequently enough to open up Sammy Watkins more, but waiting until 192 overall to get your quarterback a new toy is often not the way to explode an offense into a higher gear.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Grades: Buffalo Bills

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