ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- This is a draft that should put a big smile on Rex Ryan's face. After the Buffalo Bills selected Clemson outside linebacker Shaq Lawson in the first round and Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland in the second round, the team continued its run of front-seven players by plucking Ohio State defensive tackle Adolphus Washington off the board at No. 80.
My take: This is another good pick where value aligns with need. Washington was a projected late Day 2 or early Day 3 pick who can provide depth at both five-technique defensive end, three-technique defensive tackle and zero-technique nose tackle in Ryan's multiple-front defense. General manager Doug Whaley said after making the selection that he feels the Bills' defense has "improved tremendously," at least "on paper."
Washington faced charges in January: Washington was suspended by Ohio State for its Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame in January after being arrested last December for solicitation outside a Columbus, Ohio, motel. Washington pleaded guilty to the charge, completed a "John school" program and had the charges dropped in February. Whaley on Friday night called Washington's arrest "an unfortunate mistake" but added that Washington owned up to his mistake. Likewise, Washington called his arrest a "mistake" when speaking to Buffalo reporters on a conference call Friday night.
What’s next: The Bills have selected three defensive players with their first three picks of the 2016 draft. They have not yet added a quarterback, but general manager Doug Whaley reiterated Friday night that there is still a good possibility that Buffalo will add a quarterback by the end of the draft. They own picks No. 139 (fourth round, compensatory), No. 156 (fifth round), No. 192 (sixth round) and No. 218 (sixth round, compensatory).