While the coronavirus outbreak has halted most of the sports world, the NFL offseason continues to roll along with free agency well underway league-wide.
As for the NFL Draft, this year's event will still take place from Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25, but it will take place all virtually after having to cancel the main event that was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Buffalo Bills were slated to pick with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but the team ended up using that pick to acquire wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. That leaves Buffalo with seven picks to make in the draft, with the first pick not coming until the 54th overall pick in the second round on Day 2.
With that, here is my first mock draft for the first 54 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft:
Although you may think the Bills are done adding to the wide receiver position, I’m not as sold.
The Bills went out and added a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver in Diggs, who is under contract for the next four seasons. They also added John Brown and Cole Beasley in the 2019 offseason, assembling one of the best wide receiver trio’s in all of football.
Having said all that, Brown signed a three-year deal in 2019 that will expire at the end of next season when he’ll be 32-years-old. No offense to Andre Roberts, but saving a roster spot for a player to solely return kicks isn’t a strategy I’d like to replicate going into 2020, considering Roberts is also sitting at 32-years of age.
Enter Isaiah McKenzie, who the Bills re-signed this offseason. McKenzie carved himself out a nice role as the team's No. 3 receiver in 2019 and played, sort of, a hybrid role, taking a majority of the shovel passes and end arounds. He also found himself as the team’s secondary return man for punts and kickoffs.
Hamler likely rounds out the top-three at wide receiver for the 40-yard dash if he participates at the NFL Combine. He’s, arguably, the most electric playmaker in the draft and can fill three roles for you - your primary kick and punt returner, WR4 on the offense who takes over as a more dynamic version of McKenzie, and signifies the youth and future of the position next to Diggs. Hamler will have the ability to learn from three of the best route runners in the game and make an immediate impact in the return game, and gives your offense the true big-play threat it needs.
He checks the most boxes here at 54 with a run on corners and offensive line to start the second round. You can make the case for safeties Jeremy Chinn or Kyle Duggar here, but I don’t want to rule out them being around in the third round.