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Bills Daily 2016 Draft Board NFL Draft

Thursday April 28 8:00pm - Round 1
Friday April 29 7:00pm - Rounds 2&3
Saturday April 30 12:00pm - Rounds 4-7
NFL Draft Tracker

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2016. The links in each player's name takes you to expert analysis about the player. Check out our player capsules for each of the Bills selections, our final grade and our review article!


Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1  19    19 DE Shaq Lawson Clemson
  2  18    41** ILB Reggie Ragland Alabama
  3  17    80 DT Adolphus Washington Ohio State
  4  41  139* QB Cardale Jones Ohio State
  5  18  156 RB Jonathan Williams Arkansas
  6  17  192 WR Kolby Listenbee TCU
  6  43  218* CB Kevon Seymour USC

*-compensatory pick

**-Bills trade their first 4th round pick in this year's draft (117th overall) and next year's 4th rounder to move up eight spots to the 41st overall spot.
The Bills seventh round picks went to Minnesota as part of the Matt Cassel trade from 2015.

2016 DRAFT CAPSULES
Our pick by pick draft capsules will give you the vital combine numbers along with a short synopsis of each draft pick's strengths and short comings. We will post each player's capsule shortly after they are picked!

1) DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson 6-2 5/8, 269, 4.8 - Good frame, versatile player who can play inside or outside. Strong character and high energy player. Has good moves to the quarterback mixing power and speed. Has good first step but doesn't have great speed like the premier pass rushers. Could quickly develop as an edge rusher opposite Jerry Hughes. Solid against the run as well. Has the versatility that Rex Ryan loves for his scheme.

2) ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama 6-1, 247, 4.62 - Good blend of size, instincts, and is a reliable tackler. Some called him the best run stopper in the draft. Versatile player who can play the Wil or the Mike as well as play with his hand on the ground if he has too. Physical player who can over pursue at times. Can rush the passer but coverage isn't his strong suit. Good first step allows him to be a good blitzer.

3) DT Adolphus Washington, Ohio St. 6-3, 301, 5.17 - Doug Whaley considered him the best pass rushing interior linemen in the draft. Has quick burst and quickness to get to the passer. Big, limber frame that makes stops at the line. Strong hands and long arms allows him to tie up blockers. Still needs to do better on recognition and with his instincts. Moves well for a player his size.

4) QB Cardale Jones, Ohio St. 6-5, 253, 4.8 - Tremendous physical player with size and great arm strength. Had and lost starting job in college but helped lead Ohio State to a National Championship. A mobile quarterback who can make things happen with his feet when needed. Decision making and anticipation have been issues for Jones, often waiting for receivers to come open rather than leading them with the throw. A long term project for the Bills, he may not even serve as the 2nd string quarterback in 2016.

5) RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas 5-11, 220, 4.63 - Jonathan Williams is considered a well-rounded running back who the Bills feel can be a three down back. He has the strength to break arm tackles and the ability to catch passes. He has shifty feel and can run between the tackles. Lacks the second level speed to make him a burner and can run too upright at times. Foot injury that sidelined him for last season negatively impacted draft stock but the Bills may have gotten a bargain if he recovers to his earlier form.

6) WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU 6-0, 197, 4.34 - Burner receiver with great acceleration and straight line speed. Has decent hands. Route tree at TCU was limited and will need to grow at the next level. Has been known to catch the ball with his body rather than his hands. Wiry frame limits his size and may be subject to durability concerns. Two-time All-American track athlete.

6) CB Kevon Seymour, USC 5-11, 186, 4.37 - Incredibly fast cornerback with three years experience as a started in both man and zone schemes and has also been on special teams coverage units. Needs to work on fundamentals and durability may be a concern.

2016 DRAFT GRADE
Before we get in to our grade here's our yearly disclaimer. This is just our latest futile attempt to grade the Bills draft. It really takes a good two to three years before you can grade a draft but will take a crack at it anyway. The Bills not only filled needs early and often in the draft they didn't with staying true to their board. According to Doug Whaley Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland were one and two on their draft board when the 19th pick in the draft came up, they ended up getting both of them thanks to a trade up of eight spots in round 2. They gave up more than they should have in two fourth rounders but they filled the two biggest holes on their front seven with two players that went later than expected. In the third round with Braxton Miller sitting their looking tempting they filled their last need in the front seven by taking Adolphus Washington. They had him rated higher as well and now Rex Ryan has the revamped defense he wanted to run his scheme. On day three they turned to their needs on offense and took Cardale Jones in the fourth round. Any QB you take there is a crap shoot so you might as well take a chance on someone with tremendous upside and developmental potential. Jones has the highest ceiling of anyone on the board at that time so it was worth the shot. The final three picks they went for speed and need with WR Kolby Listenbee while taking a shot that Jonathan Williams will overcome his foot injury. The closed the draft by taking Kevon Seymour since Doug Whaley said you always take a corner: Grade: A-.

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DRAFT LINKS
ESPN's NFL Draft Central - ESPN.com's site for draft day.
NFL.com Draft Coverage - The league's official site including their draft tracker.
CBS Sports Draft Coverage - Includes their draft tracker.
Fox Sports - Includes their draft tracker.
Draftek
Ourlads
Scout.com
The Sporting News
NFL Draft Countdown
Draft Daddy
NFL Draft Blitz - Draft page.
Football's Future Draft Coverage
Great Blue North Report


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