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We’re already more than a month into the Buffalo Bills

’ offseason and a consensus seems to be building among the members of the media on what positions the team will be targeting during the first round of the draft. With the team ostensibly in possession of a franchise quarterback , analysts predict the team attempting to draft him some help. Here’s who the experts have the Buffalo Bills eyeing when they’re on the clock with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:Todd McShay, ESPN: OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) “The Bills need to protect Josh Allen, and Taylor is mobile and powerful with good size. He can ride faster rushers past the QB with his quickness, allowing Allen time to find a receiver deep (yeah, Buffalo needs one of those, too) or take off. With Dion Dawkins at left tackle and the majority of Taylor’s experience coming on the right side, the Florida alum would replace Jordan Mills at right tackle.”Mel Kiper, ESPN: DT Rashan Gary (Michigan) “Could the Bills get their Kyle Williams replacement here? At his peak, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Gary is a menace who makes offensive linemen look foolish, but you’d like to see him do it with more regularity. Gary could play end or nose guard in a 3-4 defense or tackle in a 4-3. Buffalo could look at centers or guards here; improving the interior of the offensive line should be a priority.”Bucky Brooks, OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) “Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane must upgrade the supporting cast around Josh Allen to help their young franchise quarterback thrive. Taylor would help an offensive line that surrendered 41 sacks in 2018.”Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: OT Jonah Williams (Alabama) “Jonah Williams has been the best offensive tackle in college football for two seasons—each of which he played on the left side of the Crimson Tide line after moving from his right tackle position he nailed down as a true freshman. Williams’s tape is nearly flawless. But he has short arms. Williams has already been called a guard or center prospect by scouts this offseason Eddie Yarbrough Jerseys 2019 , and it’s likely he’ll follow in the footsteps of Zack Martin, Brandon Scherff or Cody Whitehair as a good college tackle kicked inside because of an arm that’s one inch too short. That’s good news for the Bills. They can plug Williams in at guard and have an All-Pro-caliber player there. They could also experiment with him at tackle and let him figure it out on the job while moving Dion Dawkins to right tackle. However it works, the Bills must focus on helping quarterback Josh Allen. ”Luke Easterling, Draft Wire: WR D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss) “This pick has to be all about helping Josh Allen, whether that’s finding him a stud blocker or a premier playmaker. In this scenario, the latter gives Buffalo the better value. Metcalf has an ideal size/athleticism combo, and is reportedly fully recovered from a neck injury that ended his 2018 campaign prematurely.”Mike Remmer, Pro Football Focus: CB Byron Murphy (Washington) “Murphy has the best zone instincts of any corner in this draft and the Bills are one of the zone-heaviest teams in the NFL. The value at the offensive skill positions would still be a reach at this point for Buffalo.”Joe Marino, The Draft Network: OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) “I recently studied Taylor and fell in love with his game. His size, mobility, strength and length are plus traits that led to a dominant junior season for the Gators. You just don’t see guys as big as Taylor slide their feet as smoothly as he does with as much body control and ability to connect with defenders in space. He could immediately start at right tackle opposite of Dion Dawkins and provide Buffalo two exciting bookend tackles to protect franchise quarterback Josh Allen while blasting open holes in the run game.”Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State) “Hear me out on this one ... in this scenario, Jonah Williams is unavailable. The defensive line class is super deep White Jordan Mills Jerseys , and Buffalo needs more downfield speed for Josh Allen. Butler is a huge wideout with a gigantic catch radius who can fly, and he had stellar production at Iowa State. He accounted for 42 percent of the Cyclones’ receiving yards -- a very high figure -- in 2018.” It ain’t over until it’s over."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapNewsRumorsAdditional sourcing casting doubt on Rapoport report of “imminent” Buffalo Bills Antonio Brown tradeNew,67commentsIt ain’t over until it’s over.ESTShareTweetShareShareAdditional sourcing casting doubt on Rapoport report of “imminent” Buffalo Bills Antonio Brown tradeIn the wee hours of the morning, NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport dropped a bombshell: The Buffalo Bills were “closing in on” a deal to trade for Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. “There it is,” his flourish of choice on the report. While Rapoport later couched his initial statement by saying “there are things to work out,” he was also willing to say that the deal was “close to being done.”Until a report is seen with someone’s own two eyes or confirmed by one of the parties, the job of independent journalists is to verify a possible lead with their own research and sources, in order to build a better picture of the story. The initial returns from local beat reporters are more skeptical of Rapoport’s story, stepping back a bit from the imminent implication.First was Buffalo News reporter Vic Carucci, commenting that an NFL source told him the Bills had contacted the Steelers about a trade, but that the source said talks weren’t close to completion. A different source of Carucci’s considered the proposition “unlikely” altogether.Later, Associated Press reporter John Wawrow was firm that nothing was “imminent”, based on his research. He was told that the Bills contacted the Steelers out of due diligence Jordan Mills Jerseys 2019 , and considered the concept of a trade as “less than likely”.For another angle of perspective, though, WIVB Sports Director Josh Reed reported that a source had told him something would happen “soon” regarding an Antonio Brown trade, and that the Bills were “in the hunt”.A possible explanation for the downcast news from Buffalo’s beat reporters could be Brown himself, doing his best to sabotage the deal. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Brown wants a new contract, and that he could hold a weapon of threatening to retire rather than play in Buffalo under his current deal.Of course, the Bills are intimately familiar with trading for a star who definitely didn’t want to come to Buffalo. And with paying that star beaucoup bucks to help ease him into his new setting. Still, that was another regime.Late into the night, after the conflicting reports began to surface, Rapoport eased back into his chair and offered one more tweet to the world: “Friday should be interesting.”