I thought Brandon Beane hit a home run Thursday night.
Ed Oliver is a wrecker of offense, both against the run and against the pass. I might argue, after the first two non-QBs selected in the draft (Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams), Oliver is the next best player in the draft.
He fits the Bills perfectly in so many ways.
–Defensive tackle was probably the position of greatest need for the Bills entering the draft. Not any more.
–This draft was heavy at the top with defensive line talent. The Bills mined that strength.
–This draft is deep at receiver, tight end and offensive line. All of which are positions of elevated need for the Bills. As round one concluded, there are a variety of option at each spot which will likely be available to the Bills with the 8th pick (40th overall) of round two.
The Bills didn’t force it. They let the draft come to them and it worked.
Brandon Beane did some heavy lifting during free agency, landing 18 players. However, most of which are fairly mundane. Respectable pros, but no game changers.
The ninth pick had to be an impact player. He had to be a game changer. He had to be a guy who can blow stuff up, on either side of the ball.
They got that in Oliver.
Last year, the fan reaction for the Bills’ first pick was mixed… at best. Not everyone was in love with Josh Allen.
This year, Bills fans were circling the bases about this pick, passing out high fives to everyone they saw. And they should be. It was probably the best round one