ORCHARD PARK, NY- Brandon Beane's first draft as GM is in the books as the 2018 NFL draft came to an end.
Here is a recap of what the Bills did:
Before Saturday, they'd drafted quarterback Josh Allen, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and defensive tackle Harrison Phillips.
Saturday, the Bills had 121st pick in the fourth round of the draft, selecting cornerback Taron Johnson from Weber State. Johnson was a unanimous FCS first team All American in 2017. He had 49 tackles, three for a loss. He had 12 passes defensed and three interceptions.
The 21 year old is 5'11" and 192 lbs. He was a unanimous selection to the 2017 Big Sky All Conference first team.
In a conference call with the Buffalo media Johnson said he had no contact with the Bills until about 20 minutes ago when they called him, Johnson said he plays cornerback like safety, aggressively. He said he met Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl and worked out at the same place as Tremaine Edmunds during pre-draft.
Then, with their first pick in the fifth round, the Bills selected Siran Neal - a safety from Jacksonville State. Neal is only the 13th player from Jacksonville State to ever be drafted.
Neal is versatile. In high school he was an All State wide receiver. When he arrived at Jacksonville State the coaches switched him to the other side of the ball. He played linebacker in 2016 and then in 2017 they moved him to safety. He was all conference at linebacker in 2016 and at safety in 2017.
Neal has 6 brothers and one sister and is the father of twin daughters. The 23 year old is 6 feel tall and weighs in at 206 lbs.
With their second pick in the fifth round the Bills addressed the offensive line. They selected Wyatt Teller a guard from Virginia Tech. The 23 year old is 6'4" and 314 lbs. He was recruited by the Hokies as a defensive line prospect but at Virginia Tech he volunteered to switch to the offensive side of the ball if it would help the team. It happened that there will a number of injured offensive lineman and the switch was made. He was voted first team All Conference by the ACC coaches for his play as a 13 game starter in 2017. He allowed five QB pressures all season.
Teller will be reunited with Virginia Tech teammate Tremaine Edmunds who the Bills drafted in the first round Thursday night.
With their sixth round pick the Bills took wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud from Clemson. He is undersized for an NFL receiver and doesn't have other traits to compensate for that lack of size. He struggled to find a position at the collegiate level. Special teams maybe the place for McCloud as he brings value as a return man. McCloud sounds very much like a project.
With their final pick in the draft the Bills select wide receiver Austin Proehl from North Carolina. He is the son of former Rams wide receiver Ricky Proehl. Proehl played all 13 games last season for the Tar Heels and made seven starts. Against Louisville last year he established single game career highs of 8 catches and 120 yards.