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NFL DRAFT TEAM PREVIEW: AFC East

Every team has needs, a draft board, and a plan of attack when it comes to the NFL Draft. As we get closer to the draft, I will take a look at each team needs and who they could be targeting. Starting with the AFC East:

Buffalo Bills

Key Additions: OC Mitch Morse, OL Spencer Long, OT Ty Nsekhe, WR John Brown, WR Cole Beasley, TE Tyler Kroft, RB Frank Gore, CB Kevin Johnson

Key Subtractions: OG John Miller, TE Charles Clay

Remaining Team Needs: WR, TE, EDGE, DT, OLB

Needs for Depth: QB, DT, LB, CB, FS, SS

Potential Draft Haul:

  • Round 1, Pick 9: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston- Super athletic interior pass rusher at a major need
  • Round 2, Pick 40: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State- Big bodied WR to compliment the smaller receivers they signed this offseason
  • Round 3, Pick 74: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida- Solid pass rusher who fell after rough draft process
  • Round 4, Pick 112: Devin Singletary, RB, FAU- Quicker, younger back who compliments aging Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy well
  • Round 4, Pick 131: David Long, LB, West Virginia- Active Linebacker who makes plays all over the field
  • Round 5, Pick 147: Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia- Do it all Tight End who will compliment Tyler Kroft well and give Josh Allen another safety blanket
  • Round 5, Pick 158: Khari Willis, S, Michigan St.- Good leader who will be a solid backup and Special Teams ace in NFL
  • Round 6, Pick 181: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison- Solid nickelback who could also start outside in a pinch. Also will help on Special Teams
  • Round 7, Pick 225: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois- Versatile, tough lineman who can be a very good backup at either Tackle or Guard
  • Round 7, Pick 228: Donnie Lewis, CB, Tulane- A longer, depth Cornerback who can be a key Special Teams contributor right away

Summary: The Bills did a nice job in free agency filling multiple holes on offense with the signings of Morse, Long, Nsekhe, Brown, Beasley, and Kroft. While all those players will help, there are still plenty of areas to build around Josh Allen. Another solid TE and a bigger WR are two areas I definitely see them targeting in the draft. On defense, they desperately need help along the front and that’s why I could see them taking Ed Oliver at Pick 9 if he is available. Billy Beane and Co. will also likely look to add depth to all three levels of the defense in the middle and late rounds.

Miami Dolphins

Key Additions: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE Dwayne Allen, TE Clive Walford, DE Tank Carradine, CB Eric Rowe

Key Subtractions: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Frank Gore, WR Danny Amendola, OT Ja’Wuan James, DE Cameron Wake, DE Robert Quinn

Remaining Team Needs: QB, RT, OG, OC, DE, DT, CB

Needs for Depth: RB, WR, OL, DT, LB, CB, SS

Potential Draft Haul:

  • Round 1, Pick 13: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida St- Explosive speed rusher who will help replace the departed Wake and Quinn
  • Round 2, Pick 48: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple- Long, physical Cornerback in the mold of Xavien Howard and Eric Rowe
  • Round 3, Pick 78: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio St.- Solid, all-around interior player who plays run and pass equally well
  • Round 4, Pick 116: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa St- Grinder back with make-you-miss ability who will help fill role left by Frank Gore
  • Round 5, Pick 151: KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno St- Very good route runner with good hands who can work the underneath routes
  • Round 7, Pick 233: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern- Underrated, athletic passer who can develop and learn from Fitzpatrick
  • Round 7, Pick 234: Ulysees Gilbert III, LB, Akron- Athletic Linebacker who will help on Special Teams and bring some speed as a backup

Summary: The Dolphins have clearly entered rebuild mode after losing Tannehill, Gore, James, Wake, and Quinn. All indications are they are content to go into the season with Fitzpatrick at quarterback and wait until next year to find their next franchise player at the position. In the draft this season, they could look to add talent and depth to nearly every position, but will likely specifically look to upgrade along the offensive line and at wide receiver. Defensively, pass rushers will be a big need and why I think they will definitely look to take Burns if he is available in the first round. Later in the draft, they will look to add talent at cornerback and depth at linebacker.

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