Draft Time! The NFL Draft is here! As we have done for 18 years we will have complete coverage here at Bills Daily and will have running commentary on twitter. Our draft page is your one stop shopping for all Bills related draft news. We will have the draft board constantly updated with links to player scouting reports shortly after each Bills pick. We will also have our draft capsules that will have a quick blurb and all the pertinent combine stats for each new Bill. There are also links to your preview article and mock drafts along with links to other draft news around the web. Keep checking that page throughout the draft! This page will have snippets from press conferences and conference calls with the newest Bills. Our depth chart and front office page will also be updated after all the picks. On Sunday we will grade the draft and have a complete wrap up of the draft along with our review article. Draft Page.
For commentary throughout the draft follow us on twitterWednesday April 26, 2017
7 Round Mock: We have once again took a stab at a seven round mock draft for the Bills. Check it out and let us know what you think! We have the Bills going with sky rocketing LB Haason Reddick in the first one before addressing needs at cornerback and wide receiver on day two. Bills Mock.
Report Says House Cleaning Coming: Pro Football Talk reports that the Bills scouts are bracing for a house cleaning after the draft. A league source told them that they "are all getting fired next week". If true, this likely means the end of Doug Whaley's tenure in Buffalo as well. He has taken a backseat to Sean McDermott since the new coach got to Buffalo. Getting rid of scouts and a GM after the draft is the right time to do it. The Bills released a statement to PFT in response that said, “right now, our focus is on the preparation for this week’s draft. Like every year, evaluations of our player personnel staff take place following the draft. And this year will be no different.” Not exactly a vote of confidence for the scouting department.
Draft Preview: We have released our draft preview article and talk about what we think the Bills philosophy should be during the draft. The Bills need to fill many holes with their seven picks in the draft so trading down would be ideal if possible to add more picks to fill out the depth chart. They have to fill holes at wide receiver, cornerback, right tackle, linebacker, and tight end along with the newly added opening at running back. Complete Story.
Gillislee A Patriot: The Bills took all the time they had before announcing they have not matched the offer sheet for Mike Gillislee and he now joins the New England Patriots. The Bills get back $1.7M in cap space and a fifth round draft pick, the 163rd overall that the Patriots originally got from Denver. The Bills now can add running back as an area of need behind LeSean McCoy on the depth chart. They now have three picks in the 5th round within 15 spots of each other. Draft Page.
Gillislee Deadline Looming: The Bills have until 4pm to match the offer on restricted free agent Mike Gillislee. If they match it, he will count nearly $4 Million against the salary cap instead of the $1.7 M tender. If they let him go, they will receive the 163rd overall pick in the draft from the Patriots which is a 5th rounder. It will give them a 7th draft pick to fill holes.
First Round Mock: We have released our 1st round mock draft, look for some possible updates throughout the week. Our Draft Page is your one stop shopping for everything draft related including links to our articles, scouting reports, and web links. In correspondent Rich Orefice's first round mock he has the Bills going with Ohio State CB Gareon Conley. In his mock the top two wide receivers are gone at this point but no quarterbacks are off the board yet. There is still a good chance the Bills try to trade down as there is a report that four teams, including Buffalo, are trying to trade out of the top 10. 1st Round Mock Draft.
Bills Claim Safety: The Bills have claimed, and been awarded, safety Trae Elston off of waivers from Cleveland. He was released by the Browns yesterday. He was originally an undrafted free agent signed by New Orleans before last season and was a four year starter at Mississippi. Front Office Page.