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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Buffalo Bills had an outstanding Draft and the team put themselves in a great position to succeed in 2016. The Bills got the good momentum going early on by drafting Shaq Lawson out of Clemson. Lawson was one of the best defenders in the country last year and a big reason why Clemson made it all the way to the National Championship game. Lawson will do a great job of replacing Mario Williams and he will definitely help upgrade Rex Ryan’s defense. It’s no secret Ryan puts a priority on defense and that certainly had to play a part in the Bills choosing Lawson. In the second round the Bills continued to build up the defensive side of the ball by drafting stand out Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. Ragland recorded 220 career tackles while playing for Nick Saban and was key factor in the Crimson Tide’s National Championship run. Those efforts were too much to pass up for the Bills front office and the defense will without a doubt be better this upcoming season. When the Bills implement the youth of Lawson and Ragland with Marcell Dareus, and Jerry Hughes good things are going to happen. Buffalo’s third round pick was also an interesting one as well. The team’s front office stated before the draft that they were contemplating drafting a quarterback and they followed through on that statement by drafting Cardale Jones in the third round. Jones is a great development player who can be molded within in the Bills system. This was a great move for the team because it allows Tyrod Taylor to remain the Bills starting quarterback, and it also gives the Bills an insurance policy should Taylor get hurt. Rex Ryan got a heck of a lot better on paper and he has to be excited about the improvements the team has made this off-season. The only knock you could give Buffalo is the lack of drafting a receiver but overall it was still a good draft.
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