Bills draft preview: Tight end


As we step away on vacation, we'll provide a position-by-position preview of next month's draft from a Buffalo Bills perspective:

Position: Tight end

Current personnel: Scott Chandler (signed through 2015), Lee Smith (2014), Tony Moeaki (2014), Chris Gragg (2016), Mike Caussin (2014)

Draft need: High

State of the position: This is a position with some pieces in place for this season but little long-term certainty. Chandler returning on a deal worth less than his previous contract is telling; while he put up career numbers last season, he is a player with limited athletic ability and is probably best suited as a No. 2 tight end in a good offense. He shouldn't affect the Bills' draft plans at tight end.

The same is true for Moeaki, who the Bills signed late last season. While they have high hopes that he can return to his old form, that's far from guaranteed. He's younger than Chandler, is more athletic, and has more upside, but still must show this preseason that he is worthy of a spot on the 46-man gameday roster. Adding a draft pick will make it more difficult to Moeaki to get playing time.

Smith is a blocking tight end who is relatively replaceable. Gragg is a developmental player who shouldn't factor into the Bills' draft plans. Overall, this is a position where the Bills could use a more dynamic, explosive player. Does it have to be a Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham for the offense to take a step forward? No, but Buffalo could still do much better than what it has.

Sweet spot: Early rounds.

Possible targets: Eric Ebron (North Carolina), Jace Amaro (Texas Tech), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington), Troy Niklas (Notre Dame)