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Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2015 NFL Draft Picks

Monday, May 4th, 2015
John Miller was one of the Bills' best 2015 NFL draft picks, as he should be able to compete for a starting job right away. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

John Miller was one of the Bills’ best 2015 NFL draft picks, as he should be able to compete for a starting job right away. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

With the 2015 NFL draft in the books, it’s time to evaluate how effectively the Buffalo Bills found value and addressed needs with their six selections in this year’s event.

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Buffalo Bills Select Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis with No. 234 Overall Selection

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

The Bills might have landed a hidden gem by drafting Central Arkansas wide receiver Dezmin Lewis in the seventh round. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills might have landed a hidden gem by drafting Central Arkansas wide receiver Dezmin Lewis in the seventh round. (Photo: John David Mercer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Of the Buffalo Bills’ six selections in the 2015 NFL draft, they very well might have saved their best for last. With the selection of Central Arkansas wide receiver Dezmin Lewis at the No. 234 overall pick, the Bills landed one of the draft’s top small-school talents, and a playmaker with size who could prove to be a seventh-round steal.

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Buffalo Bills Select Clemson LB Tony Steward, Florida State TE Nick O’Leary in Round 6

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O'Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O’Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel in March, they sent the No. 137 overall pick in the draft—which they had previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Cassel and a sixth-round pick. That sixth-round pick, No. 188 overall, gave the Bills two selections in Round 6, the only round in the 2015 NFL draft (barring a trade for an additional seventh-round pick) in which they have multiple draft choices.

The Bills used the No. 188 overall selection to select Tony Steward, a linebacker from Clemson. Six picks later, the Bills used the No. 194 overall selection to select Nick O’Leary, a tight end from Florida State.

Through six rounds, the Bills have made five selections in total, and every single one of them has been from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three of those five players—O’Leary, second-round pick Ronald Darby and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams—played their college football for the Seminoles.

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Buffalo Bills Select Florida State Running Back Karlos Williams at No. 155 Overall Pick

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

In Round 5, the Buffalo Bills made their first pick of Day 3 by selecting Florida State running back Karlos Williams. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

In Round 5, the Buffalo Bills made their first pick of Day 3 by selecting Florida State running back Karlos Williams. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Two trends that have held true for the Buffalo Bills in recent years are that they typically draft players who made pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive and that they love to acquire new running backs. Taking both of those trends into consideration, it should come as no surprise that the Bills select Florida State running back Karlos Williams with their fifth-round draft selection, No. 155 overall.

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2015 NFL Draft: Round 4 Mock Draft Update

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Minnesota's David Cobb is among the running backs projected to be fourth-round picks. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

Minnesota’s David Cobb is among the running backs projected to be fourth-round picks. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

WARNING: You should probably take the following projections with a grain of salt. After going zero-for-67 on my Day 2 mock draft projections yesterday, I must admit that it is very possible none of the following projections will actually happen.

Nonetheless, we might as well have some fun with Saturday, the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft, getting set to begin. So without further adieu, here are my best-guess predictions on what could happen—taking into account my previous projections, which players are still left on the board and what needs teams have already addressed—in Round 4.

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