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SI tabs Bills as a winner at 2019 draft
The Athletics Dane Brugler released his NFL draft class power rankings. Brugler agrees the rankings are premature since none of the players have yet to take a snap in the NFL but for now the rankings are determined from his favorite to least favorite draft classes.

The Bills draft class highlighted by Ed Oliver, Cody Ford and Devin Singletary ranks only behind the Washington Redskins as Bruglers favorite draft classes.

Share Share Buffalo Bills had competition for OT Cody Ford tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Despite adding six offensive linemen during a busy free agency period, the Buffalo Bills werent done overhauling their o-line, trading up in the second round to select Oklahoma standout Cody Ford with the No. 38 overall selection Friday evening in Nashville, Tenn.

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I just as easily could have gone with Ed Oliver, but to land Ford at pick No. 38 is tremendous value (No. 19 on my board). The Bills flirted with the idea of trading up for Oliver, but he fell in their laps without having to sacrifice trade-up assets. Ford can start at either tackle or guard and will be a valuable foundation piece as the Bills look to build the offense around Josh Allen.

We had a very good grade on Cody, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane said. We even looked into late last night potentially getting into the end of the first, but it was a little rich for us. We felt like we would be giving up too many assets to do that. We made some calls, and fortunately, he was there to make that move with Oakland and pick him up.

Brugler organized his rankings by his favorite pick, a questionable pick and the Day 3 pick who could surprise.

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Joseph is a fun player on tape with his quick read/react skills and uncanny ability to stay free from blocks and find the ball carrier. He fell in the draft due to discipline issues (on and off the field) and a hamstring injury that kept him from working out prior to the draft. But if he matures, Joseph will outplay his draft spot.

It was starting to get thin, Beane said of the tackle market. We honestly thought when Carolina traded right in front of us, tackle was one of their needs as well. They went with a tackle, they just wanted a different tackle. We felt fortunate to get Cody.

Ed Oliver is the perfect fit in Buffalo. I love how the Bills drafted blue-collar players that will be ready to bring their lunch pail.

Just because he was the last pick of the Bills 2019 NFL Draft doesnt mean it wasnt a good selection. Buffalo grabbed tight end Tommy Sweeney from Boston College with the 228th pick and ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. loved the pick on air.

I like Tommy Sweeney a lot. Hes didnt have a great 40 time and hes never going to be a good tester but hes just a darn good football player, McShay said. They utilized him in a lot of different ways and I know hes a three-year starter, only 94 catches but they were a pass challenged team at Boston College. He knows how to run routes, he knows how to get open underneath, never going to be a vertical guy, but I would argue his ball skills are good as any tight end in this class.

Josh Allen and his 99 mile per hour fastball, you got to have good hands and hes a standout in that area Mel Kiper Jr. said.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Sweeney was primarily a run blocker in college and he could take on the same role during his initial time in the NFL.

Buffalo was named Adam Scheins Cinderella team in 2019, and Schein feels that general manager Brandon Beane cemented that with the NFL draft.

Analysis: Hyde and Poyer remain one of the best duos in the NFL. Behind them, Bush served a valuable role, even playing some cornerback. Hes not a guarantee for the final roster, however, as the Bills have Johnson, Siran Neal and Dean Marlowe to compete with him. Neal didnt show much during his rookie season, but the Bills kept him around for a reason. Johnson, a sixth-round pick from Miami, has plenty of experience on special teams, which will help build his case. Marlowe falls victim to the numbers game after playing well in place of the injured Hyde last year.

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After efficiently addressing the offensive line and receiving corps during free agency, Beane could have been arrested for stealing on Thursday night, somehow landing defensive lineman Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick. Oliver is an absolute freak, given the quickness and athleticism he brings to the table. And he played out of position — routinely lining up as a nose tackle — at Houston. Playing for Sean McDermott, Oliver will be properly deployed as a game-wrecking penetrator. Don't be surprised when he becomes an All-Pro. Plus, I loved Beane trading up in the second round for Cody Ford. The Oklahoma product will potentially (likely) start this year on the offensive line. This was a smart and calculated move.

The Bills are at the top of Scheins like category. The Redskins, Steelers, Dolphins and Eagles are the only drafts that he likes more than the one that Beane and McDermott put together.

Analysis: The toughest cut here is Isaiah McKenzie, but with Roberts addition as the primary return man, the formers value is not as great. Plenty of fans are intrigued by the addition of Duke Williams, the CFLs leading receiver, and its true his size would be a welcome addition to this group. Williams, though, has to show something in the spring and summer first. Ray-Ray McCloud, a 2018 sixth-round draft pick, is also on the outside looking in.

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GM Brandon Beane followed up a fantastic free agency period (John Brown, Cole Beasley, Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe, Tyler Kroft, Frank Gore and Kevin Johnson) with what seems like a great draft. Beane stayed at No. 9 and let the board come to him. He was rewarded with blue-chip talent Ed Oliver at an obvious position of need. Then he traded up in the second round to get guard Cody Ford, an Oklahoma player they had a first-round grade on.

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The Bills already seemed set at running back but still got Devin Singletary in the third round. They also doubled-up at tight end in this years draft. No ones saying theyre going to compete for the AFC East crown with the Patriots still kicking, but Beane has put together one of the best Bills rosters in recent memory.

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If Johnson were a few inches taller and had more weight on his frame, he probably would've gone on Day 2. He's a stellar run stopper because of his football IQ, twitch and speed, and he's almost always in ideal position in coverage. Can match up in the slot. Grade: A-

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Some NFL teams were destined to be interesting regardless of what happened in the draft like the Cardinals, Browns and Patriots, Jones says. Every team made themselves better with their draft selections but only a select few like the Bills got better and more intriguing.

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Johnson has ball-hawking tendencies on the first and is a versatile player that can play in numerous positions. While the Bills do have Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer at safety, the team’s roster is lacking in depth at the position. Johnson will likely have a look as a contributor on special teams as well for the Bills.

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Because of Johnson’s 5-foot-10 frame, some projected him as a Day 3 pick ahead of the draft. However, had Johnson pegged as a fifth-round pick and the Bills nabbed him in the sixth round.

Sports Illustrated tabbed their “winners” and “losers” from the 2019 NFL draft last week. Among the rankings were both teams and individual players.

Bills: Sometimes you play the board, sometimes the board plays you, and sometimes the board drops your way and you dont have to do much of anything at all. While Ed Oliver wasnt going to fit in every defense, he fits perfectly in Buffalo. The fact that versatile offensive lineman Cody Ford was available in the second was simply kismet. While drafting a receiver would have placed a cherry on top of the sundae, this is a draft good for both coach and quarterback.

Then in round two, the Bills landed Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford, a projected first-round pick who was in attendance at the draft, early in the second round at No. 38.

While the Bills, overall, were tabbed as winners by SI, there’s a twist. The entire AFC East were tabbed as a group of “losers” as well. In the same article, the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins lost out again to the Patriots because, along with the Bills’ draft, SI liked the Pats’ haul, too.

The AFC East: The Patriots picked 10 players, many of them believed to be quite good. Depending on your schemes, it doesnt get much better than NKeal Harry, Joejuan Williams and Chase Winovich back to back to back. What if Bill Belichick isnt going anywhere soon and sees himself fit to continue this thing for the foreseeable future? Its drafts like this that will get him there.

Of course, the true winners and losers of the draft won’t be known for years. Oliver needs to prove he fits for the Bills, as does the team’s centerpiece in Josh Allen. Speaking of quarterbacks, it’ll be interesting to see how much the AFC East truly is losing to these 10 Patriots draft picks once Tom Brady retires.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, arguably came away with two top-15 prospects in Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor. Washington is another team that fared well in the draft and the New England Patriots had some talented prospects land to them as well. However, when it comes to winning the draft, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis believes that the Buffalo Bills came away with the best overall haul.

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