If the Bills look for a defensive end in Round 2, Preston Smith would be a good fit. (Photo: Spruce Derden)
BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky
Now that the 2014-2015 NFL season has officially wrapped up, the Buffalo Bills enter the offseason looking to further improve on their first winning season since 2004 and continue to chase their first playoff birth since the turn of the millennium.
Although free agency has yet to begin and players can leave the Bills or sign with them, this year’s draft is vital to continue their progress in the fight to dethrone the New England Patriots atop the AFC East.
After trading up to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins in last year’s draft, the Bills find themselves without a first- or fourth-round pick this year. Despite Watkins’ rookie success, the deal has been scrutinized due to the production that wide receivers selected later in the draft have had, as the 2014 class of wide receivers could end up being one of the best ever.
That said, the Bills are in possession of an extra fifth-round draft pick that they received in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, from whom they received that pick and a 2014 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round pick.
Not having a first-round pick could hurt the Bills, especially if they wanted to try to make a move and trade up to select one of this year’s top quarterbacks in Oregon’s Marcus Mariota or Florida State’s Jameis Winston. But nonetheless, the Bills should be able to select players this year that can fill positions of need and be developed to contribute.