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
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.
Position: Inside linebacker
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.
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
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
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
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.
OVERALL DRAFT REVIEW
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.