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Reggie Ragland, Roger Goodell, Bruce Smith

Alabama’s Reggie Ragland poses for photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former NFL player Bruce Smith after being selected by the Buffalo Bills as the 41st pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Charles Rex Arbogast

The Buffalo Bills' first three selections tell you all you need to know about the team's top priority entering the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Defense, defense, defense. 

In the first three rounds, the Bills drafted a pass rusher (Shaq Lawson), picked up a great linebacker prospect (Reggie Ragland) and added depth to their defensive line (Adolphus Washington). 

The Bills also addressed a potential position of need — quarterback. They selected Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, who led the Buckeyes to a national championship in 2014, but was benched last season. 

Here is the Buffalo Bills 2016 NFL Draft report card: 


Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker

School: Clemson

Analysis: Before the draft, it was difficult to imagine that Lawson would still be there for the Bills at No. 19. But there he was Thursday night, waiting to be drafted. 

Lawson can have an immediate impact on defense. He'll have some help on a defensive line that already has Jerry Hughes at defensive end and Marcell Dareus at defensive tackle. He could be a solid option at outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's scheme. 

Grade: A


Position: Inside linebacker

School: Alabama

Analysis: The Bills needed a linebacker to join Preston Brown on the inside. They got their guy with Ragland, who won SEC defensive player of the year honors last season. Like Lawson, he can be an immediate contributor on defense. And the nice thing about this pick is the Bills got first round talent in the second round. They had to move up to get him, but it's a trade that could pay dividends. 



Position: Defensive tackle

School: Ohio State

Analysis: Washington could be an option to replace Kyle Williams, who turns 33 this year and will be entering his 11th NFL season. He's versatile and gives the Bills depth on the defensive line. Plus, he can fit in a 3-4 scheme. He could play nose tackle or play defensive end. He's a capable pass rusher, so he should get some playing time this season. 



Position: Quarterback

School: Ohio State

Analysis: Jones has talent. We know that much. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the national championship in the 2014-15 season. He did struggle last year, which is why Bills fans should keep expectations low. The good news for Jones is he'll have time to develop. The Bills plan on making him the No. 3 quarterback this year. He'll have a chance to compete for the No. 2 spot against E.J. Manuel, but the Bills are in no rush to move him up the depth chart. 

This is more about the uncertain future than anything else. The Bills don't know what will happen with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. Jones gives them an option if Taylor leaves. 



Position: Running back

School: Arkansas

Analysis: This is a depth pick for the Bills. LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, the team's top two running backs, missed time last season due to injuries. Mike Gillislee showed he's a capable backup, but it doesn't hurt to have another option. Williams, who missed the 2015 season, rushed for 1,190 yards and scored 12 touchdowns in his junior season. 

The one question you could ask, though, is whether the Bills needed to add another running back in the draft. They certainly had other areas of need that could've been addressed, whether it's on defense or the offensive line. 



Position: Wide receiver

School: TCU

Analysis: According to Listenbee's draft profile, he was a projected fourth round pick. The Bills got him in the sixth round, which makes it a good value selection. 

Listenbee is a speedster who has more size than Marquise Goodwin. He's a capable receiver and could contribute on special teams, which is a plus. 



Position: Defensive back

School: USC

Analysis: The Bills already have a deep secondary, so this pick is intriguing. Seymour has good size and speed. If he gets a spot on the team, he could be a good option in nickel and dime sets. 



Analysis: We won't know for awhile if these picks work out, but here's what we know now: This was the Bills' best draft in years. They bolstered their defense, picked up a promising quarterback prospect and added some pieces in the later rounds that can contribute on offense, defense or special teams. 

From top to bottom, the Bills didn't make a bad selection. They either added immediate contributors or players who can come in, compete for spots and work their way up the depth chart.