STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
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Bills picks in each round. *indicates compensatory picks. The first number in parentheses is pick in round; second number is overall pick: Round 1 (19); Round 2 (18/49); Round 3 (17/80); Round 4 (19/117, *41/139); Round 5 (17/156); Round 6 (7/182, 17/192, *43/218). Total picks: 9
Linebacker: Preston Brown struggled in 2015, Manny Lawson is getting old, and Nigel Bradham is gone via free agency, so there are holes not only in the starting group, but the depth chart is woefully thin. Newly-signed free agent Zach Brown could be a fit, but it would not be a bad idea for the Bills to take a linebacker in the first round, and even use two of their eight picks on this level of the defense.
Safety: Aaron Williams is expected to be able to resume his career despite a neck injury that cost him 13 games in 2015. Corey Graham is solid, but not spectacular, at the other safety spot, and with Bacarri Rambo gone, there's not very reliable depth, unless newly-signed Robert Blanton surprises.
Quarterback: With only two quarterbacks currently on the roster, and both with contracts expiring after the 2016 season, the Bills have to add another quarterback, and preferably, they'd like to do that in the draft. And if there's a quarterback worthy of selection as early as the second round, the Bills could pull the trigger. At the very least, they have to at least find a 2016 backup to Tyrod Taylor who's more competent than EJ Manuel.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: T Cordy Glenn (tendered at $13.706M; re-signed March 7).
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
DT Alex Carrington rejoined the Bills after a one-year hiatus in St. Louis, but appeared in only seven games due to a torn quad. He does seem to be a decent fit in head coach Rex Ryan's defense.
QB Josh Johnson served as the third-stringer behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel and will not be a priority.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
LB Ty Powell (not tendered as RFA) was assimilating well into head coach Rex Ryan's defense before suffering a season-ending knee injury in training camp. His market value is low and he should be back.
S Bacarri Rambo (not tendered as RFA) isn't really starter quality though he was pressed into action due to the injury to Aaron Williams. He's good in run support but often is a liability in coverage.
RB Cierre Wood (not tendered as ERFA) will probably compete with Mike Gillislee for the third-string job behind LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams if he's re-signed.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DT Corbin Bryant: RFA tendered at $1.617M with no compensation; $1.671M/1 yr.
T Cordy Glenn: FFA; $13.706M/1 yr.
WR Leonard Hankerson: UFA; $840,000/1 yr.
LG Richie Incognito: Potential UFA; $15.75M/3 yrs, $3.45M SB.
T Jordan Mills: RFA tendered at $1.671M with fifth-round pick as compensation); $1.671M/1 yr.
LB Lorenzo Alexander: UFA Raiders; $885,000/1 yr, $75,000 base guarantee.
CB Javier Arenas: FA; terms unknown.
S Robert Blanton: UFA Vikings; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
LB Zach Brown: UFA Titans; $1.25M/1 yr, $450,000 SB.
S Colt Anderson: UFA Colts; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
TE Jim Dray: FA Browns; terms unknown.
WR Greg Little: FA; terms unknown.
CB Sterling Moore: UFA Buccaneers; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
S Phillip Thomas: FA; terms unknown.
C Fernando Velasco: UFA Panthers; $965,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
CB Corey White: UFA Cardinals; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
LB Nigel Bradham: UFA Eagles; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
CB Ron Brooks: UFA Eagles; $5.5M/3 yrs, $750,000 SB/$1.55M guaranteed.
DT Stefan Charles: Not tendered as RFA/Lions; terms unknown.
RB Boobie Dixon (released).
TE MarQueis Gray: Not tendered as RFA/Dolphins; terms unknown.
WR Percy Harvin (UFA/retired).
WR Chris Hogan: RFA Patriots (tendered as RFA at $1.617M with no compensation); $12M/3 yrs, $4M RB/$7.5M guaranteed; Bills did not match offer.
CB Leodis McKelvin (released).
LB Tony Steward (released).
LB A.J. Tarpley (retired)
G Kraig Urbik (released).
DE Mario Williams (released).