The Bills should envision themselves lifting the Lombardi Trophy when they make their first NFL Draft selection this spring.
After falling short again last year against Cincinnati, the Bills’ front office should focus on how they can improve their chances of finally winning the Super Bowl. Forget drafting for the future. Let’s win now.
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Here are three players they could take with the No. 27 overall pick who I think could take them to the Super Bowl next season:
Antonio Johnson, Safety (Texas A&M)
A 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety, Johnson was the Aggies’ top defensive playmaker last season, recording 71 tackles (5 for loss), a sack and a pass breakup.
He forced a fumble in each of the final three games of his Aggies career this past fall as a junior and would satisfy both talent and positional need for the Bills.
With Jordan Poyer testing the free agent market and Damar Hamlin’s recovery timeline uncertain, adding Johnson could keep the Bills’ depth at safety among the best in the league.
Bijan Robinson, Running Back (Texas)
This might not be the best pick for positional need, but boy would it be fun! Just look at his ridiculous stat line from his junior season this past fall: 1,580 rushing yards, 20 total touchdowns and 19 receptions for 314 yards.
The 6-foot, 222-pound running back was a bully to opposing defenses last season, scoring touchdowns in 10 of his 12 games.
Devin Singletary, James Cook and Nyheim Hines have been effective, but Robinson could make this unit one of the best in the league, taking pressure off Allen to carry the rushing attack.
Nolan Smith, Outside Linebacker (Georgia)
Smith’s season ended after just eight games due to a torn pectoral muscle, but he still posted seven tackles for loss, three sacks and a pass breakup.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound outside linebacker is well-equipped to stop the run, which could be well-suited for a team that surrendered 172 rushing yards to the Bengals in a season-ending loss.
Adding Smith could also take some pressure off Von Miller, who is coming off a torn ACL and turning 34 years old later this month.
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