The Buffalo Bills hold the ninth overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft and it appears the team is leaning towards bolstering the trenches with the pick.
The Bills made a number of big free agent moves to improve an offensive line that was exceptionally poor in the 2018 season, with the likes of Mitch Morse, Spencer Long, Jon Feliciano and Ty Nsekhe moving to Upstate New York.
The aforementioned players are all expected to become starters for Sean McDermott‘s team and already look to be significant upgrades over the 2018 corps.
However, according to a report by New York Upstate, the Bills seem to be mulling over three different players with the ninth overall pick in this year’s draft – two of them being offensive linemen.
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Alabama tackle Jonah Williams is a logical name being linked with the Bills, with him looking like a day-one starter at left tackle in the NFL.
Williams would provide some real competition as the left-sided bookend and looks set to have a really promising career as a professional.
Washington State’s Andre Dillard is another name the Bills have been linked with across the offensive line, but it is a defensive lineman the team has been connected with who truly makes the most sense – even if Williams or Dillard remain on the board.
Houston’s Ed Oliver, a 6-foot-3, 292 pounds defensive tackle could be the ideal long-term replacement for the recently retired Williams – offering plenty of athleticism with his leaner frame, allowing him to get after opposing quarterbacks often.
A pass-rushing defensive tackle would be a valuable piece for the Buffalo Bills, who look set to bolster along the trenches in the draft.
The defensive line looks like it could do with an upgrade before the offensive line requires attention, but bolstering on either side is a sensible move by general manager Brandon Beane.
What do you think Bills Mafia? Are you pleased to see the Bills targeting the trenches as the area for improvement with the ninth overall pick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.