Last season, the Buffalo Bills went through something that no NFL team should have to go through. Watching Bills CB Damar Hamlin collapse on the field in the final game of the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals will forever be etched in our minds.
The Bills had the fortitude to bounce back with a playoff victory against the Miami Dolphins before losing to the Bengals in the AFC Divisional Game.
Clearly, after so many near-misses, the surprising thing is that Buffalo did not make any major moves during the offseason. The Bills organization put all of their eggs into this year's NFL Draft. Here is a look at who was selected by Buffalo.
Round 1, Pick 25: Dalton Kincaid - TE - Utah. 6'4", 246 lbs. (70 rec, 890 yds, 8 TD).
Kincaid was the best pass-catching TE in the Draft. He has the capability of making big plays down the field. He should see plenty of time in two TE sets with Dawson Knox and on passing downs.
Round 2, Pick 28: O'Cyrus Torrence - G - Florida. 6'5", 330 lbs.
Torrence has been a starter at right guard for the past three seasons. He will add depth to the interior of the offensive line.
Round 3, Pick 28: Dorian Williams - LB - Tulane. 6'1", 228 lbs. (132 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 INT, 7 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles).
Williams made plays all over the field last season as an outside linebacker. He will definitely see some time as a nickel linebacker where the opposing team will not know if he is going to rush or remain in coverage.
Round 5, Pick 15: Justin Shorter - WR - Florida. 6'4", 229 lbs. (577 yds, 2 TD).
Shorter is not shorter than you. His height will help the offense out in the red zone.
Round 7, Pick 13: Nick Broeker - G - Mississippi. 6'4", 305 lbs.
Broeker was a three-year starter in college. He adds even more interior help for the offensive line.
Round 7, Pick 35: Alex Austin - CB - Oregon State. 6'1", 195 lbs. (57 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT, 10 pass breakups).
Austin will be given time to develop behind the Bills loaded secondary.
Overview: Kincaid will help out the offense immensely because it will force opposing safeties to not cheat on the wide receivers as much. The depth inside on the offensive line will help out their anemic running game. Williams is the type of playmaker that the Bills need at linebacker. Grade: B-.