2024 NFL Draft Grades: Buffalo Bills

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror, and we have compiled a consensus ranking using NFL draft grades from a variety of sites.

What draft grades have the media given to the Buffalo Bills? What are they saying about the Bills' 2024 draft haul?

NFL.com - Grade: B+

Day 1 grade: B
Day 2 grade: A-
Day 3 grade: A

Analysis: Buffalo found the potential big-play receiver it needed in Coleman after trading down twice in Round 1 (for relatively small gain). It will be interesting to see if dealing with the Chiefs so Kansas City could pick speedy pass-catcher Xavier Worthy comes back to bite the Bills. Bishop should be a good starter. Carter adds determination and leadership to the defensive line, although he was picked a bit earlier than I expected.

Davis' tenacity as a runner is the perfect complement to James Cook. I projected Van Pran-Granger to the Bills a bit later in the fifth round in my final mock draft, but he was still a good value for a stout pivot. Securing a 2025 fourth-round pick for a fifth-rounder this year in a trade with the Bears will pay dividends down the road. Solomon is shorter than most Bills edge rushers, but he gets to the quarterback. Hardy could be a nickel candidate and is a strong return man.

ESPN - Grade: B

Top needs entering the draft: Wide receiver, safety, offensive line

My ears perked up when I heard Buffalo was trading with Kansas City in Round 1, and now the Bills will forever be linked with the Chiefs' move for wideout Xavier Worthy, just as they are with Patrick Mahomes. Yes, all the way back in the 2017 draft, it was the Bills who dropped 18 spots to allow the Chiefs to get a player who already is one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history. Sure, hindsight is 20-20, and sure, Buffalo has to do what's best for its organization. That's a mighty weight it has carried around, however, and now Mahomes was handed the fastest receiver in NFL combine history.

GM Brandon Beane ended up trading down one more time, this time out of Round 1 completely. He finally filled his team's biggest need, taking Keon Coleman (33) at the top of Round 2. Coleman ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the combine, which dropped his stock a little bit, but at 6-3, he can go up and snag contested catches with the best of them. The next step is to be more consistent on every route. He's going to get a lot of targets in an offense that needs quality pass-catchers on the outside.

I liked several of Beane's other selections. Cole Bishop (60) is a versatile playmaker in the secondary, while running back Ray Davis (128) had seven receiving scores last season, which makes him an interesting player at the next level. DeWayne Carter (95) can get after quarterbacks from his defensive tackle spot, while Sedrick Van Pran-Granger (141) was a three-year starter at Georgia. I could see him challenging veteran Connor McGovern for snaps as a rookie. Off-ball linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio (160) had a great workout at the combine and was one of my risers.

This is a good haul, not a great one, and I'm rooting for Coleman to turn into a WR1 in Buffalo so my guy Josh Allen wins an MVP.

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Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Buffalo Bills from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bills:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (2/28)

28. Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

With Gabe Davis likely to sign elsewhere in free agency, the Bills have to find a No. 2 wideout this offseason. The draft might be their best opportunity to do that. There might be six or seven receivers taken in Round 1 in April. Thomas, who played mostly outside receiver for the Tigers, caught 68 passes for 1,177 yards and led the FBS with 17 touchdowns in 2023. At 6-4, he has a stellar combo of size and speed. He also has great hands. The best way to take Buffalo's offense to a new level is with an upgrade on the other side of Stefon Diggs.

The Athletic - CFB Writers (2/27)

28. Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

The Bills have an obvious need at receiver and plenty of good options still available late in the first round. Mitchell proved he's a first-round talent in his lone season with the Longhorns and brings plenty of big-game experience to a squad chasing a Super Bowl. He scored touchdowns in all five of his College Football Playoff games during his time at Georgia and Texas and put together his best season yet in 2023, with 845 receiving yards and 11 TDs. Josh Allen will enjoy throwing it up to this smooth 6-foot-4 playmaker. — Olson

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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Buffalo Bills

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Buffalo Bills in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 5

Biggest offseason contract to watch: LB Von Miller

Miller's role on the team is in question as he was a healthy scratch in Week 17 due to his on-field performance (0 sacks, 3 quarterback hits in 11 games). Off the field, he is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend in Texas. Miller has said the allegations are false. The team is letting the legal process play out and following the league's lead. How the Bills handle the Miller situation -- on and off the field -- will be something to watch. Miller is under contract through 2027 on a six-year, $120 million deal, but if the team decided to move on, a post-June 1 designation would result in some cap savings but would still leave significant dead cap in 2024. -- Alaina Getzenberg

NFL.com -- Rank: 6

The past two weeks have provided evidence of what I warned about after the Bills' dominant Week 15 win over the Cowboys. It felt like the vast majority of my Power Rankings colleagues the world around leaped them into the top three or four teams -- believe me, I heard plenty about it from you on social media. But I wasn't yet ready to graduate them to the head of the second class. There's no doubt Buffalo has played some clutch football, with a more balanced, composed effort all around. But Sunday's win over the Patriots marked the second straight game in which the Bills struggled to put away a team that will be picking in the top 10 of the 2024 NFL Draft. It's less concerning when the Patriots give the Bills a game, as we're still talking about a Hall of Fame defensive coach on the other sideline. But would Buffalo be able to overcome another sloppy performance in the upcoming for-all-the-division-marbles Week 18 showdown at Miami? That feels like a stretch. There's still some fine-tuning to be done, and the Bills aren't even yet in the postseason. This thing is far from over.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC East

Updated: Thursday, September 7th

Before the start of the season, I will post my NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, I've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totalled them up.

With that said, here are our early AFC East projections for each team including their win total.

1. Buffalo Bills - Projected Wins: 10.32

The Bills have clinched three consecutive AFC East titles while finishing with four consecutive 10-win seasons. Since taking over as head coach, Sean McDermott has led the Bills to the postseason in five of six seasons. While they are the team to beat, this division is arguably the strongest from top to bottom in the NFL.

It all starts with Josh Allen, who has a 17-game average over the past three seasons of 4,591 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions to go along with 675 rushing yards and seven more touchdowns. The dual-threat talent has flourished since the team traded for Stefon Diggs, who has 338/4,189/29 receiving during that three-year span. The addition of Dalton Kincaid, their first-round pick, to join Dawson Knox, James Cook, and Gabe Davis round out a talented group of pass catchers. Diggs recently talked up Davis, saying he's "damn near WR1 in my eyes." Ranking second in the NFL in total offense and scoring offense last season, the Bills will once again have one of the league's most explosive offenses.

The defense lost Terrell Edmunds, who signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bears, but the team has finished first or second in scoring defense in three of the past four seasons. They have finished top six in total defense in four of the past five seasons. Because of their strength of both sides of the ball, it's not surprising that they have led the NFL in scoring differential in back-to-back seasons.

Despite the challenge the Bills will face from the rest of the division, our expectation is that they will win their fourth consecutive division title. Given the expectations of the team and fan base, what will really matter is how deep into the postseason they will go. (It's been 30 years — the 1993 season — since the Bills have made it to the Super Bowl.)

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2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Buffalo Bills

Our Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Buffalo Bills.

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Josh Allen585.1370.44271.233.9414.04103.9602.64.68366.87
Kyle Allen37.322264.

Josh Allen: Fantasy managers know exactly what they're getting when they draft Allen, who has finished as fantasy's QB1, QB1 and QB2 over the past three seasons, respectively. Few quarterbacks have as much weekly upside and consistency as Allen. Last season, he finished as a top-six weekly QB in 12 of 16 games played and finished as a top-12 weekly quarterback in two more games.

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Buffalo Bills: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Buffalo Bills in 2023.

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Week 1Mon., Sep. 11at New York JetsL 22-16 (OT)
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17vs. Las Vegas RaidersW 38-10
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at Washington CommandersW 37-3
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Miami DolphinsW 48-20
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8vs. Jacksonville JaguarsL 25-20
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15vs. New York GiantsW 14-9
Week 7Sun., Oct. 22at New England PatriotsL 29-25
Week 8Thu., Oct. 26vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 24-18
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5at Cincinnati BengalsL 24-18
Week 10Mon., Nov. 13vs. Denver BroncosL 24-22
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19vs. New York JetsW 32-6
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26at Philadelphia EaglesL 37-34 (OT)
Week 13BYE
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10at Kansas City ChiefsW 20-17
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17vs. Dallas CowboysW 31-10
Week 16Sat., Dec. 23at Los Angeles ChargersW 24-22
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. New England PatriotsW 27-21
Week 18Sun., Jan. 7at Miami DolphinsW 21-14

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Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

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Buffalo Bills - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the Buffalo Bills.

233Keon ColemanWRFlorida State
260Cole BishopSUtah
395DeWayne CarterDTDuke
4128Ray DavisRBKentucky
5141Sedrick Van Pran-GrangerCGeorgia
5160Edefuan UlofoshioLBWashington
5168Javon SolomonEDGETroy
6204Tylan GrableOTUCF
6219Daequan HardyCBPenn State
7221Travis ClaytonOTInternational Pathway Program

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