Fifth-rounder Matt Milano thrived as a rookie as weakside linebacker, but Buffalo needs two new starters next to him.
Buffalo’s housecleaning continued with starting left tackle Cordy Glenn being traded to the Bengals. Buffalo has to decide whether it feels comfortable with former second-round pick Dion Dawkins as its new left tackle. Or will the Bills use one of their two second-round picks and keep Dawkins on the right side?
Tyrod Taylor was traded to the Browns for a third-round pick. The Bills signed AJ McCarron, but that won’t prevent them from moving up for a franchise quarterback.
Marcell Dareus was traded, and Kyle Williams is 34. The Bills needed help inside and went back to Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei helps the run defense, but Buffalo still could use an athletic penetrator.
A neck injury to Alex Wood forced him into retirement and left a huge void in the middle of the Bills offensive line. With former Bengals starter Russell Bodine signed, the Bills have a fallback option if they are not able to get the center they want in the draft.
Shaq Lawson hasn’t yet developed into the player most thought he’d be and is trending into being a bust. Buffalo finished tied for 29th in the league in sacks and, even with the signing of Trent Murphy, the Bills could add another big defensive end.
With Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones, the Bills have two quality starters, but both are big possession-type receivers. What the Bills lack is a receiver with good speed who clears up the box for the run game.