5 offensive players who could interest the Bills, post-combine
The NFL combine is wrapping up in Indianapolis on Monday with defensive backs taking the field for workouts.
But the potential offensive draft picks for the Buffalo Bills at the 2018 draft have already finished their time at the combine. The Bills have plenty of needs all over offense, including their big question mark at quarterback.
With that, here are five prospects on offense who had strong performances at the 2018 combine that could interest the Bills:
WR DJ Chark, LSU
DJ Chark doesn’t have the biggest college resume, but his pre-combine offseason is a nice addition to it. Chark had five catches for 160 yards and a touchdown at the Senior Bowl, then followed that up with an impressive combine. The Bills need a burner, which is a bit weird because the team is not far removed from having a roster which included Sammy Watkins, Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods. They’d have that in Chark, if his 4.34 40 time, the fastest at the 2018 combine, is of interest. He also has some height at 6-foot-3, but does have a smaller frame.
NFL.com draft projection: Second-round pick.
QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Big arm, good size at 6-foot-5, but accuracy was a question for Josh Allen. By many accounts from Indianapolis, Allen’s accuracy looked better. You’d probably want to defer to the tape instead of throws without pads on, but it’s worthwhile note in the right direction for Allen. The arm strength was on display once again, too. Nearly 70 yards in the air here, not too shabby:
NFL.com projection: First-round pick.
OG Will Hernandez, UTEP
The Bills are now thin on the interior of their offensive line with Eric Wood’s surprising retirement due to a neck injury. Will Hernandez is likely a guard and not a center, but still a need for the Bills. Hernandez put up the most bench press reps for offensive linemen (37) and he had a solid 7.59 three-cone drill and 5.15 40 time. Displaying some quickness will help his stock. Many have compared Hernandez’s game to current Bills guard Richie Incognito. How, you might ask? Hernandez can move. One thing that always amazes me when I’m on the sideline at practice is Incognito’s ability to move his huge frame. Hernandez’s movement is Richie-like:
NFL.com projection: First or second round pick.
TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State
There are a couple of words that came out of the NFL combine that described Mike Gesicki, including, but not limited to: freak, beast, monster. Gesicki had the best vertical jump among tight ends (41 inches) and ran a 4.55 40 time which was tied for the best among his position. Can’t forget that he’s also 6-foot-6 and 252-pounds. It’s easy to predict he could be a matchup nightmare in the NFL. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bills add anyone behind Charles Clay at tight end. Nick O’Leary is an exclusive rights free agent and will likely be back. Prior to last season, the Bills reportedly had met with former Cleveland Brown Gary Barnidge, but it was believed that ex-offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s system could have used a strong duo at tight end. Time will tell if new OC Brian Daboll desires the same.
NFL.com projection: Second-round pick.
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
If the Bills want Josh Rosen, they’ll no doubt have to trade up from their picks at 21 and 22 in the first round. His accuracy and throwing technique was never in question heading into the combine and he’s 6-foot-4. With Rosen it was more his off-field presence. Rosen has been an outspoken person on social issues, in and out of sports, and it’s been questioned how much he really desires to play football in the long run. For Rosen, it was very much about his interviews this week and by many accounts, he did great. Many called the recently-turned 21-year-old mature for his age:
NFL.com projection: First-round pick.