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Mock Draft Watch 4.0

Posted Mar 18, 2017

New names highlight the fourth 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.

Below is a list of the most recent mock drafts from national media who cover the NFL.

March 15: ESPN.com (Insider), Todd McShay

No. 10 – WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

The departure of Stephon Gilmore makes cornerback a much bigger need for Buffalo, but with Florida's Teez Tabor running a bad 40 at the combine (4.62) and Washington's Sidney Jones injuring his left leg at his pro day, there's less top-end talent at that position than originally expected. Davis has yet to run the 40-yard dash (he's nursing an ankle injury), but I expect him to be in the 4.4s based on his tape. He also has great size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and ball skills.

March 15: CBS Sports, Pete Prisco

No. 10 – DL Jonathan Allen

He has some shoulder issues that might drop him down from the top of this draft. But he is a talented player who will be disruptive.  

March 15: Sports Illustrated, Chris Burke

No. 10 – TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

The Bills have to find more weapons for their passing game. Who’s to say those additions have to come at wide receiver? Charles Clay has not been the playmaker Buffalo hoped, so Howard would have opportunities. His talents blocking and splitting out wide would help the offense in myriad ways.

QB or not QB: Doubtful, at least in Round 1, after retaining Tyrod Taylor. How the new regime feels about Cardale Jones could dictate the later plans.  

March 15: NFL.com, Chad Reuter

No. 10 – WR Mike Williams, Clemson

Tyrod Taylor's back in the fold, so finding him dependable targets becomes a high priority.

No. 44 – CB Teez Tabor, Florida

No. 75 – LB Tim Williams, Alabama

March 14: The Ringer, Danny Kelly

No. 10 – WR Mike Williams, Clemson

With Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods, and Justin Hunter gone via free agency, the Bills need a big-bodied threat opposite Sammy Watkins and get one from the same collegiate pipeline that brought them Watkins. Williams gives Tyrod Taylor a playmaker in the red zone — he was one of country’s most dangerous receivers in the air on closely contested throws — and a reliable target on third downs.

March 13: NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah

No. 10 – CB Gareon Conley, Ohio State

Conley is a rock-solid football player on tape and his combine workout was outstanding.

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March 13: CBS Sports, Rob Rang

No. 10 – TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

Extending Tyrod Taylor accomplished one big goal, but for the Bills’ offense to take the next step more weapons are needed. After spectacular performances at the Senior Bowl and combine, Howard is gaining traction as the top pass-catcher in this draft. His strength and experience as an inline blocker would also complement Buffalo’s commitment to the running game. 

March 13: Bleacher Report, Brent Sobleski

No. 10 – CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State

The Buffalo Bills must declare war on the New England Patriots. After the Patriots lured top cornerback Stephon Gilmore away in free agency, Buffalo needs a strong response. 

An addition of a top-flight cornerback—if not the top corner prospect—appears to be an appropriate reaction. 

Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore adds even more athleticism and speed to a secondary that already features Ronald Darby. Both are sub-4.4-second cover corners with the ability to run with and mirror any wide receiver. Their athleticism provides enough potential to develop into the league's premier duo. 

This isn't just about replacing Gilmore, though. Buffalo lacks the bodies to match up with a team like the Patriots and their numerous weapons.

New England features Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. On top of that, the organization added Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen via trades. Opponents need multiple defensive backs to cover such an immense amount of talent across the board.

March 10: CBS Sports, Jared Dubin

No. 10 – WR John Ross, Washington

The Bills got Tyrod Taylor to return on a restructured deal, but they lost Marquise Goodwin and Robert Woods in free agency. Plus, Sammy Watkins still has those foot concerns. Ross blew up at the combine with his record-setting 40 and could prove an excellent complement to Watkins.

March 1: LA Times, Sam Farmer

No. 10 – S Malik Hooker, Ohio State

Bills could go quarterback or receiver here, but Sean McDermott prioritizes safeties in his defense and Buffalo needs to get younger and better there.


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