Buffalo Bills Draft Ratings from around the web
Mel Kiper Jr = C-
ESPN’s Mel Kiper gave the Bills his lowest draft grade of 2015, No. 32 out of 32 NFL teams, and the lone C-minus on the board.
Sports Illustrated = C:
The Bills started this draft at a disadvantage, having coughed up their first-round selection to add Sammy Watkins last year. They did well at No. 50 to add a borderline round 1 talent in cornerback Ronald Darby, but it’s hard to guarantee any of their other picks will make an impact. Guard John Miller (No. 81) has the clearest shot. Buffalo is thin at guard and Miller, though limited overall, fits the mauler mold Rex Ryan favors. Sixth-round tight end Nick O’Leary was productive at Florida State. Can he find any playing time with two players similar to him in style, Charles Clay and Chris Gragg, ahead of him on the depth chart?
SB Nation = C+
Best pick: Miller – The Bills wanted to get better on their line, and Miller will help at either left or right guard.
Questionable pick: Williams – After converting from safety, Williams looked decent in 2013 and didn’t do much for the Seminoles in 2014.
This grade takes the Sammy Watkins trade into account. Still, there’s not a lot to be real excited about. Darby is a nice choice in the second round because he’s a star athlete that should develop nicely in the NFL. Miller was the necessary pick the Bills had to make. Williams is a decent short-yardage back, but he has fumbling issues. It will be interesting to see how O’Leary gets used. Obviously he’s someone head coach Rex Ryan will love. Lewis put together a nice week at the Senior Bowl and could be a nice late-round contributor. He’s a smooth athlete with size, giving the Bills something they don’t have.
Bleacher Report = B
Not a lot of early picks, but picked up playmakers across field
CBS Sports = D:
Best Pick: It came last year when they traded this year’s first-round pick as part of a package to get Sammy Watkins. This class isn’t great, so it’s hard to find a best pick, so let’s count Watkins — even if they gave up too much to get him.
Questionable move: Taking a corner in the second round. Ronald Darby is a nice player, but they had other needs. And that was their first pick, having traded the No. 1 to move up for Sammy Watkins last year.
Third-day gem: WR Dezmin Lewis is a small-school kid who has some big-time ability. At 6-4, he has good size.
Analysis: The Bills traded their first-round pick last year to get Watkins. He’s a good player, but they could have kept it and taken Odell Beckham rather than move up. The rest of this draft isn’t that exciting.
Washington Post = B
The Bills were without a pick Thursday night after trading it last year to move up for Sammy Watkins. No one is complaining about Watkins’s productivity. He has become a standout receiver. The only down side is that, as it turned out, the Bills didn’t need to trade up in last year’s draft to get a standout receiver. They were abundant.