Buffalo Bills: AJ Epenesa leading early training camp standouts

AJ Epenesa, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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1. AJ Epenesa, DL

The Buffalo Bills got themselves a big-time steal in the 2020 NFL Draft in AJ Epenesa, regardless of his athletic ability (or lack thereof).

Epenesa was outstanding in his three seasons at Iowa, even with a bit of a down start to the 2019 season. He came on at the end of 2019 and was whipping offensive linemen, including first-round tackle Austin Jackson out of USC in the Holiday Bowl.

That Epenesa made it into the 50s is beyond really any explanation, and he’s already proving that without a first-round pick, the Buffalo Bills managed to get a first-round player.

Epenesa throws veteran offensive guard Brian Winters around here like he’s a tackling dummy or something. This is such a big-time rep from a rookie and if Epenesa keeps making plays like this, how will Sean McDermott be able to keep him off the field?

Epenesa is long, strong, physical, and versatile. The Bills have him drinking through a fire hose learning all of their positions on the defensive line. Epenesa did some of that at Iowa but played mostly off the edge. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see him get some chances as a 3T going up against guards at the next level and if anyone can get the most out of him, it will be Sean McDermott.