Buffalo has added 7 new offensive linemen this offseason, including 6 unrestricted free agents and now Ford. Ford is likely the new starting right tackle. With him in place, the question is now whether Ty Nsekhe or Dion Dawkins is the LT. Nsekhe was better as a left tackle than a right tackle, and Dawkins can project as a really good guard…though the Bills brought in 3 linemen who can play guard in Spencer Long, Jon Feliciano, and Quinton Spain. Add Wyatt Teller and there’s a lot of competition for those guard positions.
Ford is a first-round talent and a great pass blocker, which I’m all for, and trading a 5th rounder to move up to get him is something I won’t lose any sleep tonight over. It’s going to be a tough minicamp and preseason for offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.
Singletary is a shifty runner. Perhaps a shady runner? Best case scenario, he becomes an elusive back and potential starter. And learning from McCoy can’t hurt. He also seems to be a bit more powerful than his size indicates.
However, right after him the Packers picked Jace Sternberger, and I think I’d rather have a good tight end prospect than a running back prospect for Buffalo here. The Bills have zero good tight ends. After passing on Irv Smith in the 2nd round, Sternberger was probably the last good tight end prospect on the board.
After me complaining about missing Jace Sternberger, the Bills trade both 4th rounders to move back into the 3rd round and choose Dawson Knox, a tight end out of Ole Miss. He’s fast and has some of the skills which translate to success in the NFL. On the downside, he’s a major project and never scored a touchdown in college. Granted, Ole Miss had several targets above him on the list, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more production.
Overall, I’m happy with pick #2, less happy with pick #3, and moderately pleased with pick #4. I think I would rather have had Sternberger at 74 than trading back up for Knox, but I will give Brandon Beane credit: he’s brought in at least two impact guys at positions of need and is giving Josh Allen all the tools he can get to succeed. I don’t know if Knox contributes much next year but maybe he develops into a good tight end over the next couple of seasons.