Round 1, No. 23 Overall: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama
There’s no doubt that the Buffalo Bills need wide receiver help, and I promise we will get to that in this mock. However, while wide receiver is probably considered the biggest need, looking at value will be key. With the possibility still on the table of top guys returning, there’s a chance Tee Higgins, a guy mocked to this team a lot, might not be here in this spot.
Instead, the Bills opt to maintain their focus on the trenches and look for defensive line help. The run defense hasn’t been bad in Buffalo this season, as they’ve allowed just 103.1 yards per game, good for 10th in the league. However, they are in the middle of the pack as far as yards per attempt, allowing 4.3 yards per carry.
Ed Oliver has looked good in his rookie season on early downs defending the run, but he’s still developing. Star Lotuleiei works more as a pass rusher. This is where adding someone of the caliber of Raekwon Davis makes sense.
Davis is a fantastic run defender, as he controls the line of scrimmage with strong hands and works to the football well laterally. At 6’7″ and 310 pounds, he’s a freakish mover for his size. He would already fill a need, and he has potential as a pass rusher that can be unlocked with this coaching staff.