Josh Allen came out of nowhere and if he can keep up the play he had last season, Buffalo may have locked in their franchise QB for the next generation. But just because Allen and the passing game have been good, that doesn't mean there aren’t needs this team needs to fill.
The Bills have significant roster holes to fill, particularly in the running game and on the defensive front.
Bills 2021 Draft Picks
Round 1: No. 30, DE Gregory Rousseau
Round 2: No. 61, DE Carlos Basham Jr.
Round 3: No. 93, T Spencer Brown
Round 5: No. 161 OT Tommy Doyle
Round 6: No. 203, WR Marquez Stevenson, No. 212
Round 7: No. 236, OG Jack Anderson
Offense: Running back
The Bills came into the 2020 season feeling good about their two young backs, Devin Singletary and rookie Zack Moss. But they both underperformed.
Neither back eclipsed the 700-yard mark and they combined for just over 1,000 yards on the season. Allen narrowly finished in third on the team in rushing, just 60 yards behind Moss. The quarterback also finished with more rushing touchdowns than both backs combined.
Buffalo did address this a bit in free agency, signing veteran speedster Matt Breida, so they have even more depth in the backfield now.
Defense: Defensive end
The Bills pass rush was fine last season, finishing in the middle of the pack in QB hurries and sacks. But a lot of those came from linebackers or defensive tackles. The top two edge rushers, Jerry Hughs and Mario Addison, combined for less than 10 sacks between them on the season.
This is probably the most urgent need since there’s still plenty of time for the two young RBs to develop after one down year.
Dream first pick
Joe Tyron-OLB/DE, University of Washington
Tyron is a young player, only playing two seasons of college football before opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns. He has the ability to put his hand in the ground or rush from a standing position, which will be nice for the Buffalo defense as they look to confuse the opposing QB. He’s also really quick, despite his big frame, and isn’t a total liability when he drops into coverage.