• Round 1, Pick 14: WR Keon Coleman, Florida State — The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Coleman has the body type and playstyle of a true alpha X receiver, and he came down with some of the most eye-popping contested catches in college football this season.
• Round 2, Pick 46: Edge Chris Braswell, Alabama — The 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior enjoyed a career year in 2023, earning an 88.6 pass-rush grade and leading the Tide in total pressures with 54.
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The Buffalo Bills could certainly still make the playoffs this season. But after finishing two of the last three seasons with 13 wins going into the postseason, their current 6-6 record shows that they are struggling compared to their usual standards.
With a handful of spots on the roster that could be in for some big changes this offseason, here is a five-round 2024 Buffalo Bills mock draft.
Round 1, Pick 14: WR Keon Coleman, Florida State
Buffalo is learning a very tough lesson: They do not have a legitimate WR2 on the roster behind Stefon Diggs as their top guy. They drafted tight end Dalton Kincaid in the first round last year, and he’ll still be a big part of their passing game, but the team needs another outside receiver.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Coleman has the body type and playstyle of a true alpha X receiver, and he came down with some of the most eye-popping contested catches in college football this season.
He struggles to generate separation consistently at times, so his place on teams’ boards might be all over the place, but his skill set complements what the Bills already have.
Round 2, Pick 46: Edge Chris Braswell, Alabama
Braswell was a bit of a later bloomer on Alabama’s defensive line — he arrived on campus as more of a defensive end and has transitioned to edge defender. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior enjoyed a career year in 2023, earning an 88.6 pass-rush grade and leading the Tide in total pressures with 54.
Round 3, Pick 99: DI Tyleik Williams, Ohio State
Williams, a former four-star defensive line recruit, really came into his own this past season with the Buckeyes. He was listed at 330 pounds as a recruit, then got up to 360 pounds (in a bad way) during his freshman season. By his admission, Williams got focused, dropped to 310-320 and has played the best ball of his college career since.
He has recorded 22 total pressures this season, the best single-season mark of his career, along with 24 defensive stops in run defense.
Round 4, Pick 114: S Beau Brade, Maryland
The Bills’ safety room could look a lot different a year from now. Micah Hyde is a pending free agent and will be 33 years old next season. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Jordan Poyer could be cut to save some cap space.
Regardless of whether one or both of those guys leave, the Bills must look for some youth on the back end of their secondary. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Brade does his best work over the middle and in the box as a strong safety.
Round 5, Pick 151: LB Smael Mondon Jr., Georgia
Mondon is a smaller (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) but athletic linebacker who can be used in downhill situations. He is an instinctual blitzer and has the speed to get to the sideline to defend outside runs.
There are times when he plays a little too aggressively, but you’d rather have that and coach him to hone in than have someone incapable of playing with the aggressiveness and urgency the position demands.
Round 5, Pick 157: CB Kamal Hadden, Tennessee
Hadden has been a college football journeyman. He was initially set to attend Central Michigan out of high school, but his grades did not allow him to qualify. Instead, he enrolled at Independence CC (JUCO from Last Chance U). He played one season there before transferring to Auburn as a three-star JUCO recruit but spent only the spring there before transferring to Tennessee during the summer of 2021.
He became a spot starter for the Vols from 2021 to 2022. He became a full-time starter in 2023 and played some really nice ball before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the season.
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound outside corner earned a 90.7 coverage grade this season, though that grade was by far the highest of his career.