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Mock Draft Watch 3.0

Posted Feb 25, 2017

Offense continues to dominate in the third edition of Mock Draft Watch, presented by M&T Bank. Learn more about the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft as national media predict who the Bills will select with the 10th pick in the draft in April.

The staff at Buffalobills.com has tracked more than 300 mock drafts since the start of December.  The players most selected for the Bills have been QB Deshaun Watson (40 times) and WR Mike Williams (37 times).

Below is a list of the most recent mock drafts tracked by Buffalobills.com.

February 22: Walter Football, Walter Cherepinsky

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

I've been slotting a quarterback to the Bills for a while, but it's time for a change. A recent report speculated that Buffalo would like to go with a pedestrian signal-caller like Nick Foles so that it can bottom out and snag a franchise quarterback in 2018. There's great talent at the position next year, as you can see in my 2018 NFL Mock Draft.

So, if this pick isn't a quarterback, what will the Bills do? My guess is that Mike Williams becomes the top option. Buffalo has nothing at receiver outside of Sammy Watkins, who has trouble staying healthy. Williams is a stud. He dominated the national championship, and he has drawn comparisons to Andre Johnson. The Titans and Buccaneers have strong interest in Mike Williams, but he won't make it to their picks (Tennessee's No. 18; not No. 5).

February 21: CBS Sports, Pete Prisco

No. 10 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Who starts for them? What if they don't keep Tyrod Taylor? Why not draft Watson and see what develops between him and Cardell Jones?

February 21: CBS Sports, Dane Brugler

No. 10 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

The Tyrod Taylor situation in Buffalo will continue to play itself out the next few weeks, but if he’s out of the picture then Watson becomes an intriguing option with this pick. Not sure this would be the right move, but it is definitely plausible.

February 21: Sporting News, Vinny Iyer

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

They'll be on standby for Watson, but if the national champs' QB isn't available, the Bills can simply take his former college go-to guy. Williams, despite some concerns about his true gamebreaking ability, is the best wideout in the class and is the ideal outside type to pair with speedy fellow former Tiger Sammy Watkins.

February 20: Yahoo! Sports, Tony Iosso

No. 10 – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

The Bills should have a couple of options here, and a lot of what they do I think depends on how the Tyrod Taylor situation pans out. If they do resolve the quarterback position before the draft, giving that signal caller another weapon here alongside Sammy Watkins seems plausible. That debate would most likely come down to Davis vs. Mike Williams. I went with the bigger body here in Davis as he adds more of a red zone threat.

February 20: Walter Football, Charlie Campbell

No. 10 – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Buffalo may not be willing to pay Stephon Gilmore what it will take to re-sign him. That would leave a big hole at cornerback, but this is a great corner draft for the Bills to find a replacement.

Lattimore played really well in 2016, recording 41 tackles, four interceptions and nine passes broken up. Scouting sources raved about how Lattimore looked in fall camp before the 2016 season, and during the year, some team sources said they graded him as a top-16 pick. The 6-foot, 192-pounder has good size to go with athletic ability. As a backup in 2015 during his redshirt freshman season, Lattimore recorded three passes broken up and five tackles.

February 20: CBS Sports, Rob Rang

No. 10 – Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

The Bills’ draft day strategy will get a lot clearer by March 12, when the guaranteed portion of incumbent starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract kicks in. If Taylor remains on the roster, Buffalo may address a receiving corps that currently contains five pending free agents. General Manager Doug Whaley has shown a willingness to gamble in the past, however, and he could be eyeing this year’s top quarterback prospects as way to reshuffle the deck. Sure there is skepticism surrounding Trubisky, who only emerged as the Tar Heels starter in 2016, but other than experience, he possesses many of the traits scouts look for in a franchise quarterback including accuracy, arm strength, mobility and poise.

February 20: SB Nation, Dan Kadar

No. 10 – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Obviously in this scenario the Bills are keeping quarterback Tyrod Taylor (which you can read more about the merits of here). If that happens, the Bills can take Lattimore, the draft’s top cornerback. With Stephon Gilmore entering free agency, Buffalo may need at least one starting cornerback this offseason.

February 16: NFL.com, Chad Reuter

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

How about Williams and Sammy Watkins, two Clemson guys, catching passes for the Bills?

February 15: Pro Football Focus, Steve Palazzolo

No. 10 – Jamal Adams, S, LSU

The nation’s top-graded safety in 2016 at 89.4 overall, Adams can affect the game in all phases as he provides strong run support, and he’s capable of playing multiple coverages either underneath or on the back end. That kind of versatility is vital when trying to unseat the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Adams has continued to improve every year at LSU, and his ability to change the game in multiple ways is too much to pass up for the Bills.