Our final Buffalo Bills mock draft for 2021 will include the defending AFC East champions adding to the trenches as head coach Sean McDermott and Co. look to compete for a Super Bowl title.
Buffalo’s offensive line is solid in front of stud young quarterback Josh Allen. However, it does have a need at guard. The team could address that at the bottom of the first round.
Meanwhile, the Bills could also use another edge pass rusher. We have them targeting that position. Below, is our latest Buffalo Bills mock draft. A full seven-rounder heading into the 2021 NFL Draft later this month.
Buffalo Bills mock draft: Building up the trenches
First round, 30th pick: Teven Jenkins, offensive line, Oklahoma State
As of right now, Buffalo is slated to trot out Cody Ford and veteran Jon Feliciano at guard next season. While the latter is pretty solid, he’s not a long-term solution here. Meanwhile, the Bills might opt to find a potential right tackle to eventually replace Daryl Williams.
That’s where Jenkins comes into play. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman can play both outside and on the interior. He’s as physical as they come in the 2021 NFL Draft and provides surprising agility for someone his size. While Jenkins could be a plug-and-play guard, the Bills are in a position where they can let him sit for a season before ultimately replacing Feliciano.
Second round, 61st pick: Rashad Weaver, defensive end, Pittsburgh
This would be an ideal fit for Weaver. The former Pitt standout is about as pro-ready as they come after registering 28 tackles for loss and 14 sacks in his final two collegiate seasons. The 270-pound Weaver is also an ideal fit in head coach Sean McDermott’s 4-3 defense. That’s no small thing when evaluating this pick.
As for the need, Buffalo has Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison slated to start at defensive end in 2021. It’s one of the only weaknesses on this title contender. In fact, the two tallied a combined 9.5 sacks a season ago. That’s just not going to cut it. Weaver would help in this regard.
Third round, 93rd pick: Trey Sermon, running back, Ohio State
Another weakness for the Bills a season ago was their running back situation. Despite high expectations, former third-round pick Devin Singletary just has not panned out. He recorded less than 700 rushing yards at a clip of 4.4 yards per attempt as a sophomore last season.
Adding Sermon to the mix at the end of Round 3 would be an absolute steal for Buffalo. A transfer from Oklahoma, Sermon starred with Justin Fields in the Buckeye’s backfield last season. He put up nearly 1,000 total yards at a clip of 7.5 yards per touch. The bruising 215-pound running back also displayed an ability to catch the ball. He’s an ideal fit in Western New York.
Buffalo Bills mock draft: Day 3 targets in 2021 NFL Draft
- Fifth round, 161st pick: Shakur Brown, cornerback, Michigan State
- Fifth round, 174th pick: Tariq Thompson, safety, San Diego State
- Sixth round, 213th pick: Quintin Morris, tight end, Bowling Green
- Seventh round, 236th pick: Mustafa Johnson, defensive tackle, Colorado
As with other top-end title contenders, Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft is going to be all about building depth. Buffalo needs that in the secondary. Hence, the physical Shakur Brown in Round 5. The Michigan State product is coming off a career season and fits well in McDermott’s defensive scheme.
As for Thompson, he can play both safety spots. That would come in big behind the likes of starters Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. He’d also be an initial impact player on special teams.
The Bills also need more help at tight end with Dawson Knox struggling to make a major impact. Morris was a dependable receiver for Bowling Green in 2020, tallying 20 receptions for 248 yards in five games. Meanwhile, Johnson would provide depth along the interior of Buffalo’s defensive line.