A.J. Epenesa Buffalo Bills

Grading the Buffalo Bills 2020 NFL draft

April 26, 2020

Following a 10-6 season and an appearance in the AFC playoffs, the Buffalo Bills are poised to make a run for an AFC East title in 2020 now that Tom Brady is no longer in the division.

Buffalo ended the 2020 NFL draft with seven picks. Their first came in the second round (No. 54 overall) when the selected Iowa defensive lineman, A.J. Epenesa.

The good news for the Bills is that they aren’t a team in need of a roster turnover anymore. They didn’t need to hit on several starters in the 2020 draft. Instead, Buffalo simply had to find complementary pieces to add to an already playoff-caliber team. General manager Brandon Beene did a nice job accomplishing that goal.

Best Pick: A.J. Epenesa, DL, Iowa

Epenesa began the 2019 college football season as one of the five best prospects in the country. And while he didn’t have the kind of monster year that some analysts projected, his tape was steady and consistent and very similar to how he played in 2018.

But the NFL draft often results in scouts and analysts overthinking the process. That’s what happened with Epenesa and it’s why he fell to the second round.

Epenesa will be a 10-year starter for the Bills and it wouldn’t come as any surprise if he becomes the kind of player who can register double-digit sacks on any given year. He’ll find success in the NFL because of his strength, motor and quarterback-hunting instincts.

Buffalo got a first-round player at No. 54 overall.

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