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Bills' offseason dealings might alter draft priorities, but not plan

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Prior to their blockbuster trade for Stefon Diggs to kick off the new league year, the Buffalo Bills were long believed to be interested in taking a wide receiver with their first selection in the 2020 NFL draft.

With Diggs now employed in western New York, the desire to snag an elite wideout high in the draft is no longer on the table, but Buffalo's need for offensive playmakers still exists.

In fact, based on what coach Sean McDermott said in February, it's safe to assume the Bills are not finished in any capacity on that side of the ball.

"The game changes in so many ways and whether you're adding a wide receiver or protecting your quarterback, I think it's important that we continue to add pieces on the offensive side of the board," he said. "Adding playmakers is important, but if you have playmakers and no one to protect the quarterback, that doesn't work either -- we've all seen that.

"So going about it in a responsible way, trying to do both, would be ideal."

Bills general manager Brandon Beane prefers to build through the draft, and with seven draft picks still at his disposal after the Diggs trade, he can plug the roster's minor holes.

With their first pick, No. 54 overall in the second round, the Bills could prioritize their need to add a young defensive end -- Boise State's Curtis Weaver fits that mold or Notre Dame's Julian Okwara.

If one of the draft's elite running backs is still on the board, Beane could opt to give Devin Singletary a backfield mate; players such as Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor or Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins would be steals if they fall that far, and both offer traits that complement Singletary's skill set. Beyond those two, Boston College's A.J. Dillon is a mid-round target if Dobbins and Taylor aren't available.

By adding Daryl Williams, re-signing Quinton Spain and picking up Spencer Long's option, Buffalo addressed its need for depth on the offensive line; that doesn't rule out drafting one in the middle rounds as the Bills continue to rebuild what was once an obvious weak point.

Defensive back remains a minor need, as well. Josh Norman and E.J. Gaines are not long-term solutions at cornerback, and players such as Virginia's Bryce Hall, Clemson's A.J. Terrell and Alabama's Trevon Diggs are realistic options in the second round. If Beane wants to wait, Notre Dame's Troy Pride Jr. could be a target in the third round.

Expect Buffalo to address one more position in the draft -- wide receiver. This year's crop projects as the deepest in years and the Bills would be remiss not to tap into the well. Even after adding Diggs and re-signing Isaiah McKenzie, Beane isn't the type to be complacent at any position.

"'Satisfied' and me don't get along too well," he said in February. "I'm always looking for whatever position, tight end, running back, you name it. If it's something that I think will improve our team, whether it's adding leadership, whether it's adding an elite player on the field, whether it's a young guy in the draft, any of those areas I will attack it.

"Competition, I think, brings the best out of guys. I'd rather have too many at one position than not enough."

Ultimately, Buffalo's offseason dealings might alter the team's draft rankings, but the overall plan, more or less, remains the same.