2020 Buffalo Bills Draft Recap

Austin Mowell
Austin Mowell is an aspiring sports writer who is passionate about football and the NFL draft.

Today, we will be continuing our look at every team’s 2020 NFL draft class by focusing specifically on the Buffalo Bills draft. 

The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and 255 collegiate athletes have fulfilled their lifelong dream of hearing their name called to join an NFL roster. In this series, we will be looking at each NFL team’s individual draft and reviewing just how well the team did at adding the next wave of talent to their roster.

For part four of this series, we will be looking at the AFC East’s Buffalo Bills.

Bills draft
The Buffalo Bills draft consisted of seven players. (Photo via buffalo bills.com)

The Selections

2nd Round, Pick 54: A.J. Epenesa, Edge Rusher, Iowa

3rd Round, Pick 86: Zach Moss, Running Back, Utah

4th Round, Pick 128: Gabriel Davis, Wide Receiver, UCF

5th Round, Pick 167: Jake Fromm, Quarterback, Georgia

6th Round, Pick 188: Tyler Bass, Kicker, Georgia Southern

6th Round, Pick 207: Isaiah Hodgins, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

7th Round, Pick 239: Dane Jackson, Cornerback, Pittsburgh

 

Bills Draft: The Dive

A.J. Epenesa

Overall value against my board: +37 (17th overall)

After losing Shaq Lawson to the Dolphins in free agency, the Bills had a big hole to fill in their edge rotation. A.J. Epenesa was one of the top players in all of college football, but fell in the draft due to a poor combine. Epenesa brings pure power as a rusher and is a stout run defender. This pick was a steal towards the back of the second round, as Epenesa should bring an immediate impact to Buffalo.

Zack Moss

Overall value against my board: Even (86th overall)

Devin Singletary had a solid rookie season for the Bills last year, but adding a guy like Moss will allow him to thrive even more. Moss’s power run style is a great compliment to Singletary, who wins more often with his elusiveness in the open field. Moss brings an edge as a blocker as well as decent receiving ability, adding another weapon to worry about on this Buffalo offense.

Gabriel Davis

Overall value against my board: -54 (182nd overall)

The Bills traded Zay Jones to the Raiders during the 2019 season, taking away a deep threat from this offense. Gabriel Davis consistently won at UCF when he was tasked with attacking the defense vertically. Davis isn’t the most well-rounded receiver, but he should be able to find success with Josh Allen, adding a dynamic option to this receiving corps.

 

Bills Draft: The Dive

Jake Fromm

Overall value against my board: +38 (129th overall)

Fromm was one of the most polarizing quarterback prospects in the 2020 draft class. He was able to find team success during his time at Georgia, and he was one of the most gifted quarterbacks in the nation mentally. However, he lacks the physical traits needed to be a quality starter in the NFL. Adding his intangibles to the same QB room as Josh Allen could be huge for Josh’s development, and he will be a solid backup for the team.

Tyler Bass

Overall value against my board: N/A

Stephen Hauschka has been steadily declining over the last few seasons, opening up the Bills to bring in competition. Selecting Bass in the draft likely puts the writing on the wall for Hauschka in Buffalo, as he was one of the best kickers in the country this past collegiate season. 

Isaiah Hodgins

Overall value against my board: +132 (75th overall)

The Bills elected to double dip into the 2020 NFL draft receiving class, and I actually like the second one they grabbed better than the first. Hodgins was one of the more underrated players in the draft in my opinion, and could be a nice security blanket for Allen. With very reliable hands and solid separation ability, Hodgins should carve out a nice role in Buffalo’s offense, even as a late round selection.

Dane Jackson

Overall value against my board: +95 (144th overall)

Buffalo continues to add value players with their seventh round selection. Jackson is a solid player that can play on the outside or kick inside to the slot if needed. Jackson will likely spend a couple seasons as a depth piece while he develops his technique, but I like the upside here in the seventh.

 

Bills Draft: Overall Grade

Draft Grade: A-

The Buffalo Bills did a great job at finding solid value in the 2020 NFL draft. Naturally, the team invested heavily in the offensive side of the ball after their defense came into its own in 2019. Helping out third year quarterback Josh Allen was priority number one going in.

Aside from A.J. Epenesa, I wouldn’t expect any of these picks to be extreme contributors right out of the gate. However, the team did a great job of adding solid players with high floors to their roster. Grabbing two wide receivers with contrasting skill sets, as well as a running back that is a nice compliment to the current starter should help Allen take that next step as this team looks to take the next step in the AFC East.

Don’t miss the rest of our 2020 NFL Draft coverage, and don’t forget to follow @NFLDraftLounge on Twitter and Facebook!

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