Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
The Bills haven't selected a defensive lineman (at any position on the defensive line, in any round of the draft) since taking defensive tackles Marcell Dareus in the first round and Michael Jasper, who never played a game in the NFL, in the seventh round of the 2011 Draft.
After losing Mario Williams in free agency, Buffalo's starting left end is Jarius Wynn, who has tallied just 10.5 sacks since joining the league in 2009. Even including the 2015 season, in which he notched just five sacks, Wynn's predecessor, Mario Williams, averaged 10.75 sacks per season in Buffalo. The Bills shouldn't, and aren't, comfortable with Wynn in their starting lineup, so taking a defensive end now is a must.
Enter Noah Spence, who will be the first defensive end selected by the Buffalo Bills since taking defensive ends in the third and sixth rounds of the 2010 Draft. Spence will have big shoes to fill, but Rex Ryan will have huge plans for the once-troubled defensive end. Spence is versatile enough to line up all over the place in Ryan's defense, and he would be a top 15 talent if not for off-the-field issues. Ryan and I see past that, and we believe Spence will be the spark that reignites the fire that once was the Buffalo Bills' front seven. Rex Ryan has been looking for an edge rusher in the draft for years and years, and he's finally got one. Expect Spence to rack up at least five sacks opposite Jerry Hughes, who will tally seven or eight of his own. Mark down a bounceback season for Marcell Dareus, and you've got yourself a defense.
Mock Draft Order:
7. 49ers - DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon
8. Eagles - CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
9. Buccaneers - DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
10. Giants - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
11. Bears - LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
12. Saints - DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
14. Raiders - CB Mackenzie Alexander, Clemson
19. Bills - DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky