The Buffalo Bills entered the 2017 NFL Draft needing to add depth. They needed to bolster the secondary. They needed linebackers. Help on offense was a priority, too.
The Bills addressed those needs, but was it enough?
Here is The Citizen's assessment of the Bills' draft picks:
Round 1: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
Analysis: There are two key parts to this selection. First, the Bills traded down and added picks. That was the right move. Drafting White was smart. The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore this offseason and needed a good No. 2 corner. They found a guy who can be that guy opposite Ronald Darby. The bonus with White: He's returned punts, too.
Round 2: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
Analysis: Jones has good size and speed. He's capable of putting up big numbers as long as Sammy Watkins is the Bills' No. 1 receiver. Teams will have trouble covering both players. The pick was good, but trading and giving up so much to move up in the second round cost the Bills. After adding picks on day one, the Bills lost them on day two.
Round 2: Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
Analysis: Dawkins brings versatility to the Bills offensive line. He can play inside at guard or move outside, which is where he'll likely play with the Bills. He could be the team's Week 1 starter at right tackle, which is a position that's been one of the Bills' biggest weaknesses over the last few years. The Bills, as they did for Jones, moved up to draft Dawkins.
Round 5: Matt Milano, LB, Boston College
Analysis: Milano is small for a linebacker, but is a nice addition for depth. He can play the various linebacking positions and he's proven himself on special teams. (He blocked three punts in college.) Given his size, you wonder if the Bills might consider moving him to safety.
Round 5: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
Analysis: It's surprising that Peterman was still there at this point in the draft. What's more surprising is the Bills drafting him. There's a lot to like about this selection. Peterman has good size, is capable of throwing an accurate deep ball and can keep plays going. His scouting report is loaded with other positives. He was projected to go as early as the third round. The Bills got lucky here.
Round 6: Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State
Analysis: Vallejo is another undersized linebacker who can play special teams. He's a solid player, but it's easy to question why the Bills would pick two similar players when there were other needs. Regardless, Vallejo and Milano both add depth to this team, which is something they were lacking before the draft.
OVERALL DRAFT GRADE
Analysis: The Bills made a good move with the trade down and drafted solid players. This was a great draft for them. The Bills are a better team, especially with the additions of White, Jones and Dawkins.