Davis on Bills picking running back in first round: 'It is offense, offense, offense'

NFL on CBS analyst Charles Davis joined the Howard and Jeremy Show on Monday

NFL on CBS analyst Charles Davis is a defensive guy, but even the former cornerback thinks the Buffalo Bills could go offense in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

While joining The Howard and Jeremy Show on Monday, Davis said he can imagine the Bills going with a running back at No. 30 overall. That’s currently the team’s weak point offensively, with Zack Moss undergoing ankle surgery this year.

“You think to yourself, 'Is another runner a possibility?,'" Davis said on WGR. “If so, could Travis Etienne possibly be there, and what kind of runner do you think he’s going to be? Or a Najee Harris? Heck, I’m telling you, Javonte Williams from North Carolina is getting a lot of discussion about being a guy who you can plug in and can go ahead and play.”

There is recent precedent for a loaded contender continuing to stockpile its offense through the draft. The Kansas City Chiefs selected receiver Mecole Hardman with their first pick in 2019, despite Patrick Mahomes being in the prime of his career, and their receiving corps already being awesome.

Then last year, the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs took running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 32 overall.

Over the years, Kansas City augmented its defense through trades and free agency, picking up veterans such as Tyrann Mathieu and Chris Jones. The Bills have re-signed the bulk of their defensive core, and don’t have glaring needs on either side of the ball.

That’s the beauty of being an elite team: You can tinker around the edges.

Adding a playmaker like Etienne (Clemson) or Harris (Alabama) to this offense would be tantalizing. Harris has the fifth-most yards after contact in college football since 2018. With that kind of ability, Josh Allen could turn him into one of the best receiving backs in football.

“A runner in that spot would not be out of the line for the Buffalo Bills,” Davis said.

If the Bills go that route, scoreboard operators everywhere should be put on notice.

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