This year, the cliché “we took the best player available” actually was an accurate summary of the Buffalo Bills’ draft. To be more specific, as Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos said, “The best Florida State player on the board,” a reference to the fact the Bills selected three former Seminoles. Still, the Bills weren’t heavily need-driven in any of their picks. The closest they came on that front was with third-round choice John Miller, an offensive guard from Louisville, although he’s expected to compete for a starting job. The farthest was fifth-round running back Karlos Williams, a Florida State product who joins a crowded position group headed by the Bills’ most prominent offseason acquisition, LeSean McCoy. In general, the Bills’ six picks from Friday night’s second round through Saturday’s seventh were guided by the grading of the player-personnel department. “We factor position in, but highest guy on our board,” Monos said of Williams. “I know you” reporters “laugh when I say it, but he was.” So was second-rounder Ronald Darby, a former Seminoles cornerback. Like Jones, he will compete, but likely end up as a reserve, at least as a rookie, as Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore fill the starting jobs.
Bills put their trust in talent scouting
Buffalo News | May 3