Morning mock draft: Bills take top safety in Round 1
What has made the duo of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer so promising in the Buffalo Bills’ secondary over the years is their knowledge.
Both are dynamic athletes and can move around Buffalo’s defense to make plays. With Poyer as one of the Bills’ top pending free agents this spring, using a top pick to replace him over the short and long term could be a possibility.
Enter Texas A&M safety Antonio Johnson.
A versatile defensive back, Johnson could be on Buffalo’s radar at the upcoming draft and that’s the direction the team goes in a recent mock by The 33rd Team.
At the No. 27 overall selection in Round 1, the Bills take Johnson. He’s a player who would clearly be part of the rebuilding process of the secondary. The 33rd Team is assuming Buffalo loses Poyer during free agency by making this pick.
While losing Poyer wouldn’t be great, Johnson would get at least a year to work with Hyde as he still has one year remaining on his contract unlike Poyer.
At 6-foot-3, Johnson has ideal size for a defensive back. During his college career, he’s also helped out across Texas A&M’s defense, like in the slot. Such a tool in Buffalo’s secondary would certainly be appealing to general manager Brandon Beane if Poyer walks.
Regarding The 33rd Team’s mock, here’s how the selection is broken down:
27. Buffalo Bills: Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
A clear position of need for the Buffalo Bills, they select a safety that has length and is an outstanding athlete. Johnson (scouting report) can cover tight ends and is physical in the run game.
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