A look at top players on the board for Bills on Day 3 of NFL draft


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The Buffalo Bills filled three obvious needs on Day 2 of the NFL draft.

Wide receiver Keon Coleman, safety Cole Bishop and defensive tackle DeWayne Carter were the picks.

Here’s a look at some positions and players that could be on the Buffalo radar:

Notre Dame’s Audric Estimé carries the ball for a touchdown past Duke’s Jeremiah Lewis, left, during a game in Durham, N.C. Associated Press

Running back​

The Bills need a big back to complement lead runner James Cook. Big-back prospects include Wisconsin’s Braelan Allen and Notre Dame’s Audric Estime. Allen, 235 pounds, is excellent in pass protection. Estime, 221 pounds, ranked third among FBS backs in runs of 20-plus yards and averaged 6.39 yards a carry, tops among all FBS backs with 200 or more attempts. Alabama’s Jase McClellan, 221 pounds, is good in pass protection. Georgia’s Kendall Milton, 225 pounds, had a strong finish to the Bulldogs’ season but caught only nine passes the last two years.

Offensive tackle​

It’s likely the Bills will pick one, and Day 3 should have some good depth at the position. The Bills like long tackles. Players to watch include Wyoming’s Frank “The Tank” Crum, Marshall’s Ethan Driskell and Illinois’ Julian Pearl. Anim Dankwah of Howard, who is a native of Ghana then went to Canada, is a massive human at 353 pounds.

Edge rusher​

Day 3 defensive ends typically are not easy to find. Three names to watch are Washington State’s Brennan Jackson, Michigan’s Braiden McGregor and Texas Tech’s Myles Cole (with an 87-inch wingspan).


If the Bills want to double-dip and grab another wideout, the pool is pretty deep. Oregon’s Troy Franklin is the top player available but he surely won’t be on the board when the Bills pick late in the fourth round. Ryan Flournoy is a sleeper from Southeast Missouri State. Bub Means is a 6-foot-1 deep threat from Pittsburgh.


The Bills like corners who are good tacklers. Jarvis Brownlee is one from Louisville. A fifth-rounder who fits the Buffalo profile is M.J. Devonshire of Pittsburgh. Josh Newton of TCU has competitiveness and started 59 games. Willie Drew of Virginia State is a long-armed sleeper.