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Mock Draft Watch 4.0

Posted Mar 10, 2018

Combine is over and now national prognosticators are updating their latest predictions for the 2018 NFL Draft. Find out who is predicted to go to the Bills in the latest edition of Mock Draft Watch.

March 8: NFL.com, Lance Zierlein

21. DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan

I'm aware that Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition at the combine, but without knowing the full extent of the situation, I'm not going to drop him down my board. He provides some much-needed juice as an interior player.

22. G Will Hernandez, UTEP

Unless the Bills decide to go with a quarterback here, drafting a bruising guard like Hernandez could be a wise move as his playing style is very similar to Richie Incognito's on the other side of the line. The running game should take center stage for Buffalo and Hernandez generates good movement.

March 8: NDT Scouting, Joe Marino

21. DT Maurice Hurst, Michigan

Hurst is coming off back-to-back double-digit tackle-for-loss seasons with at least 5 sacks and would provide Buffalo a much-needed playmaking presence in the middle of their defense.

22. LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Offering a blend of athletic ability and physicality, Evans is a three-down player with sideline-to-sideline range who plays with a high level of urgency. That is exactly what Buffalo needs at linebacker. He can be a tone-setting field general.

March 7: ESPN, Todd McShay

21. DT Taven Bryan, Florida

The big question for the Bills is: What's the plan at QB? Will Buffalo package these two picks to go up to get a QB? Will the Bills sign one in free agency? Since we can't project trades, I'll go defense here. Buffalo needs help along the defensive line after trading DT Marcell Dareus last season, and Bryan would be a good fit. Bryan is an explosive 3-technique whose best football is still ahead of him. His workout confirmed what I saw on tape.

22. CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville

This could be one spot for Lamar Jackson. Otherwise, I think they go defense again. Secondary help is needed outside of Tre'Davious White and the recently signed Vontae Davis. Alexander missed half the season, but he's a big-time cover corner. His combine workout -- highlighted by a 4.38 40 -- turned some heads.

March 6: For the win: Steven Ruiz

21. Calvin Ridley, WR Alabama

We waited this long for the first receiver to come off the board. The Bills won’t complain. They’ll add some much needed play-making ability to a receiving corps that is desperate for it. Ridley may not have the athleticism of a true No. 1 receiver, but he should be ready to contribute from Day 1.

22. Billy Price, C Bills

Pro Bowl Eric Wood retired this offseason, which leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the Bills line. They’ll solve that problem instantly by plugging in the pro-ready Price, who could also swing over to guard in a pinch.

March 6: Pro Football Focus, Steve Palazzolo

21. QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

… with two first-round picks, they can afford to take a flier on Rudolph, who fluctuates between high-end and mid-round in his play. He can get the ball down the field, as he has been one of the most productive deep throwers in the nation the last three years. Rudolph still has room to improve his accuracy in the short game, but he has great feel for throwing outside the numbers on deep outs and comebacks.

22. TE Dallas Goedart, South Dakota State

The first weapon for Rudolph, Goedert can do it all at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. His catch radius allows him to make spectacular grabs and he’s an impressive athlete after the catch, as he averaged 8.2 YAC/reception last season. Goedert can win at every level while adding a lethal red-zone threat for Rudolph and the Bills’ offense.

March 6: NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah

21. LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Evans is an explosive, playmaking linebacker capable of covering backs and tight ends.

22. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills packaged some picks to move up for one of the other quarterbacks, but if they sit still, I could see them building an offense around Jackson's skill set.

March 6: CBS Sports, Will Brinson

21. DL Taven Bryan, DL, Florida

The Bills have a lot of options with back-to-back picks, but here grab a high-motor defensive lineman who has drawn some J.J. Watt comparisons. 

22. Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

Even though they landed Vontae Davis, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Bills grab another cornerback in this draft and continue to stockpile defensive talent under Sean McDermott.

March 6: Bleacher Report, Matt Miller

21. WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

A quick look at the Buffalo Bills roster before free agency, and it's clear that wide receiver is a major need. Maybe not as big of a need as quarterback, but when matching value and need, it's the spot to go at pick No. 21 overall.

Courtland Sutton is a big (6'3 ⅜", 218 lbs) receiver with enough speed to separate vertically and the jump-ball ability to dominate in the red zone. Given the free-agency status of Jordan Matthews and ongoing development of Zay Jones, Sutton could slide right into the lineup opposite Kelvin Benjamin and give whomever is playing quarterback two large targets to push the ball to.

There is also the possibility that the Bills will package picks Nos. 21 and 22 in an effort to move up for a quarterback. That's something everyone will be monitoring as we get closer to the draft.

22. C James Daniels, Iowa

James Daniels is a special center prospect with excellent movement skills and NFL-ready technique. The Iowa product is as ready as offensive linemen come to play in the NFL and can immediately take over the open center spot in Buffalo.

Daniels' ability to get to the second level in the run game and his smooth pass protection will be a great fit in the Buffalo offense. He's one of the more athletic center prospects to come out of college in quite some time, which shows in his game tape. This isn't a workout-warrior type who can't play tough and with technique. Daniels is Pro Bowl-ready right out of the gate.

 

 


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