NFL Draft: Why Buffalo Bills should take Penn State’s Jayson Oweh

Could Penn State Football’s Jayson Oweh be an ideal NFL Draft fit for the Buffalo Bills? 

The Buffalo Bills invested a top-10 pick in defensive end Ed Oliver, who has developed into one of the cornerstones along their defensive line, and could be looking to add an ideal complement to him in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Oliver, 6-foot-1 and 287 pounds has been everything the Bills could have wished for after choosing him No. 9 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Through his first two seasons, Oliver has produced eight sacks, 76 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 14 quarterback hits.

But, as the Bills learned in the AFC Championship Game against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, their road to the Super Bowl will only go so far until they build an elite and complete pass-rush.

Penn State Football’s Jayson Oweh might be the next piece of the Bills’ pass-rush puzzle, and could be available when Buffalo goes on the clock with the No. 30 overall pick.

Pro Football Focus says Oweh is the best “forward-thinking” selection the Bills can make:

The Penn State pro-day numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt. But Oweh’s numbers are still freaky even after some mental adjustment, and that explosiveness showed up on his tape last season.

Oweh may not have recorded any sacks in 2020, but he did end the year with an 80.3 pass-rushing grade and an 89.7 run-defense grade. His pass-rushing repertoire and physicality are both areas where he needs to improve. Then again, that’s to be expected for a player who only started playing football in 2016.

Buffalo has its starters penciled in at edge defender — Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison — with 2020 draft pick A.J. Epenesa rotating in, as well. Hughes and Addison are both getting up there in age and will be free agents following this season. That means edge could quickly become a need for Buffalo.

The Bills are in a sweet spot to grab a talented player like Oweh in the back end of the first round to prevent that from happening while allowing him to continue developing in a part-time role.

Unfortunately for the Bills, after Oweh’s dominant Pro Day performance, he might be long gone before the Bills go on the clock.

“I’ve already pounded the table for Jayson,” an NFL scout told Victory Bell Rings shortly after Penn State Football’s pro day concluded. “I submitted a first-round grade on Jayson last year. And others in our building didn’t believe it. There’s so much potential there was a player and you just want to mold him.”

However, even after failing to produce a sack in 2020, Oweh’s athleticism is plenty evident based on his testing — as well as his film.

If the Bills are shopping for pass-rush help, Oweh’s measurables seem to match up with general manager Brandon Beane’s philosophy. If Oweh slides to the bottom of Round 1, the Bills are definitely a team to watch.