1. Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
Surprisingly unselected in the first round, Su’a-Filo would be an ideal second-round selection for the Bills.
The most complete guard prospect in this year’s draft class, Su’a-Filo is an agile yet powerful interior lineman who could be an immediate upgrade at left guard.
2. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Perhaps the most talented player still on the board, Van Noy is a tremendously well-rounded player who would be a big upgrade at strong-side linebacker. He could be a major asset as a coverage linebacker, yet could also factor into the pass-rush rotation on the edge.
In addition to his versatile skills in pass defense, he is also a great tackler in space. Van Noy wouldn’t fill one of Buffalo’s top needs, but his talent should be tough to pass up if he’s on the board at the No. 41 overall pick.
3. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
A massive, powerful offensive lineman, Kouandjio is the best offensive tackle prospect available and could be an upgrade on the right side, though he could also be viewed as a candidate to kick inside to left guard.
Kouandjio has some issues with pass-blocking against speed-rushers on the edge, so he could have some growing pains if deployed at right tackle, but he could immediately help the Bills generate movement as a run-blocker who can drive opponents off the line of scrimmage.
4. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Both a strong edge-setter versus the run and a skilled pass-rusher, Crichton would be a tremendous fit for the Bills’ need at defensive end.
He would be an immediate upgrade over Hughes as a point-of-attack run defender, but he is also skilled in pursuit and could be a factor in all situations.
5. Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Projected to go as early as the top 20 picks by some, Missouri’s Kony Ealy would be a great value selection if the Bills could land him at the No. 41 overall pick.
Ealy is not as technically developed as Crichton, but he has an intriguing combination of size and athleticism that give him star potential. He could rotate in at defensive end and also be utilized situationally as an interior pass-rusher.
6. Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
Brooks is the best safety left on the draft board, and there’s a huge drop-off in talent at the position after him. If Buffalo is interested in adding a safety to its roster, they’d be smart to consider Brooks if he is still available at their second-round pick.
A well-rounded defensive back with experience at both safety spots and even at cornerback, Brooks is a fluid coverage safety with good ball skills. He is also an aggressive tackler in the box who could be an asset in run support.