Throughout this series, we have gone through a number of positions that the Buffalo Bills don't have an immediate need at for the 2020 season.
Linebacker is another one of those positions with Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano, and newly signed veteran A.J. Klein making up the top-three players on the depth chart. That doesn't mean Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott won't use another valuable resource on the position.
Looking at the track record of Beane, McDermott, and the organization that came from the Carolina Panthers, this is a regime that values linebackers. When Beane and McDermott were members of Carolina's front office and coaching staff, the Panthers invested an early first round pick in Luke Keuchly to pair with Thomas Davis. Despite having one of the best linebacker tandems in the league, Carolina took another linebacker in the first round just a few years later when they selected Shaq Thompson.
In their first draft together with the Bills, they moved up in the first round to take a linebacker when they selected Edmunds.
If the Bills are considering linebacker at pick No. 54, three prospects could be on their radar:
Of course, modern three-down linebackers have to be able to cover. There wasn't a draft-eligible linebacker better than Gay Jr. in that area over the last three years. According to Pro Football Focus, his 93.9 coverage grade is first among draft linebackers since 2017.
The 2018 stat line shows the well-rounded player he can be, posting 44 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions.
A defense that likes to blitz their off-ball linebackers will love Brooks. Offensive linemen have to be quick to get a hand on him because of how fast he can crash through the line of scrimmage. If they get their hands on him, Brooks is still a threat to shed blocks and get to the quarterback.
In previous years, he would have been a top linebacker prospect, but due to the presence of LSU linebacker Patrick Queen, Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray, Gay Jr., and Brooks, Dye could fall to the Bills at 54.