NFL Draft Day Two: Bills Add Speed and Skill to O & D
Speed and Skill was the theme of Day two of the draft for the Buffalo Bills. After two small moves down, acquiring a pair of 6 round picks, the Bills scooped up one of the most dynamic players in the draft. James Cook, Dalvin's little brother, is the best receiving back in the draft by a significant margin. His dynamic play-making ability will give the Bills offense a new dimension day 1, both running the ball out of the backfield or catching the ball out wide. Sweeps, wheel routes and simple outlet passes will now need to be accounted for every time he steps on the field, and that should make Josh Allen and the Bills potent passing attack, even more of a nightmare to defend for defensive coordinators around the league.
Cook at 5'11", 199lbs, runs a 4.42 40 with a 1.54 10 yard split. He has reliable hands and runs crisp routes like a veteran receiver,. While he may not have the frame to be a feature 3 down back right away, he has the ability to contribute in a multitude of ways. Adding a weapon like Cook to the Bills already potent offense will give opposing coordinators nightmares. Cook played a key role in Georgia's National Championship campaign and the Bills hope he can now contribute to another championship run in Buffalo.
The Bills followed up the Cook selection by taking another big play exceptional athlete, this time on the defensive side of the ball. Baylor LB Terrel Bernard was a demon in the middle of Baylor's defense, flying sideline to sideline, dropping back in coverage or crash through the line of scrimmage. While undersized, he has elite explosiveness and great read and react skills making him a magnet to the ball. He will likely work in rotation with Matt Milano and Tremaine Edmunds to start while he contributes on Special Teams, where he will be a terror.
Day 3, look for the Bills continue to add speed to both sides and perhaps also draft a Punter. The roster is as complete as any team in the league, with talent and depth now to be found across the board.