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Sammy Watkins (above) could make a big impact on the Bills offense.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (Round 1, pick No. 4)
The Buffalo Bills paid a heavy price to move up five spots to the No. 4 overall pick, giving up a first- and fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Watkins thrives on screens, which should help give quarterback EJ Manuel a weapon who can take short throws and turn them into home runs. Manuel still needs to fine-tune his deep ball, as he completed just 34.1 percent of throws 20 or more yards downfield (10th lowest in NFL). In the long run, the Bills hope Watkins can help Manuel grow into a franchise quarterback.
Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke (Round 4, pick 109)
The Bills have spent big-time resources on slot cornerbacks like Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey and Corey Graham. Now, with Cockrell, they've added a solid boundary cornerback to develop on the opposite side of the field from Stephon Gilmore. Cockrell is regarded for his man coverage, but is not particularly adept in zone and will need to work on his footwork and fundamentals in that aspect to become a well-rounded cornerback.
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor (Round 5, pick 153)
The Bills have some serious questions on the inside of their offensive line, and the 6'5", 329-pound Cyril Richardson gives them a potential mauler in the middle. He will need to work on his conditioning and could be victimized by quicker interior defensive linemen, but if he gets those long 34.875" arms on a defender, he can move them off the ball with ease.
Randell Johnson, LB, Florida Atlantic (Round 7, pick 221)
Johnson is one of the rare seventh-round picks with the ability to make the roster. Despite signing Keith Rivers this offseason and Manny Lawson last offseason, the Bills have some question marks at strong-side linebacker. Johnson's 6'3", 242-pound frame is ideal for the position, and his 34.125" arms help him stave off blockers. If he can stay healthy, and if he can add some functional strength, he could contribute to the defense as a rookie.