Marino: Oliver knows how to 'get in the backfield and make plays'

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The 2019 NFL Draft has officially come and gone with the Buffalo Bills making eight new additions to the roster for the 2019 season.

The Bills made a few impact moves at the draft to address some holes in the lineup, headlined by first round defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Buffalo also made a pair of trades to move up in the NFL Draft to draft offensive tackle Cody Ford with the 38th overall pick in the second round, and later traded back into the third round to take tight end Dawson Knox with the 96th overall pick.

Although the Bills made some picks that got some attention around the NFL, their fellow counterparts in the AFC East were also able to add some weapons that will make the division even more competitive.

Joe Marino from The Draft Network joined Mike Schopp and the Bulldog on WGR on Monday to dive into some of the players chosen by the Bills, as well as the outlook of the AFC East.

Here is some of what Marino had to say:


Marino on the gameplan of the AFC East:

"The Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins all did the same thing. They went for interior pressure in Round 1. It's a message to [New England Patriots quarterback] Tom Brady. These are guys [like defensive tackle Ed Oliver] that know how to get in the backfield and make plays."


Marino on adding pressure to the Bills' defense:

"Jerry Hughes used to be the only guy getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Now, you have at least two of those guys with [the addition of] Oliver."


Marino on second round tackle Cody Ford:

"I was expecting Ford to go in the first round. There were tackles that went in the first round that I thought Ford was actually superior to."


Marino on third round runningback Devin Singletary:

"It's easy to look at Singletary's film and see a fun football player. He is very elusive and quite creative. He will be a fascinating study because where is the explosiveness? Where is his speed? I don't know if he'll have the juice for his skill-set to translate."


Marino on third round tight end Dawson Knox:

"Knox is so interesting. On his tape, you see him open a ton, but the ball doesn't go to him. I think he will be a much more impactful pro player than he was in college."


Marino on UB quarterback Tyree Jackson not being selected:

"I'm not that surprised Jackson went undrafted. He is such a great athlete, but if you watch him play quarterback his play is spotty. He needs a lot of space in the pocket because his stride is so long. He still needs a lot of work."


You can listen to the entire interview below: