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Mock Draft Watch 5.0

Posted Apr 2, 2017

Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams dominates the fifth edition of Mock Draft Watch presented by M&T Bank. Learn more about Williams and the other 2017 NFL Draft prospects that national media predict the Bills will select with the No. 10 pick.


March 30, 2017: CBS Sports, Will Brinson

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

They had success with one Clemson wideout (even if Sammy Watkins has been hurt and they gave up an extra first-round pick for him), so why not go back to the well? Williams would give Tyrod Taylor another weapon.

March 30, 2017: San Diego Tribune, Eddie Brown

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Williams ran a respectable 40-yard dash at his pro day, answering the questions scouts had about his speed capabilities. Athletically, he is in the same class as former Clemson stars Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins, despite being 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. Williams and Watkins would make quite the duo in Buffalo.

March 30, 2017: FOX Sports, Dieter Kurtenbach

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Bills offense needs wide receivers and Williams has a real chance to be a special No. 1.

March 30, 2017: NFL.com, Chad Reuter

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

This makes it two former Clemson receivers for Tyrod Taylor.

March 29, 2017: CBS Sports, Pete Prisco

No. 10 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

I know they brought back Tyrod Taylor, but are they really sold on him? So why not get another young passer?

March 29, 2017: Sports Illustrated, Chris Burke

No. 10 – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Buffalo nabbed Foster’s ex-Alabama teammate, Reggie Ragland, in Round 2 last year. This time around, the Bills would find it tough to say no to the Crimson Tide product with a better all-around game.

March 29, 2017: Walter Football, Walter Cherepinsky

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

I've slotted a quarterback to the Bills for a while, but that was under the assumption that Tyrod Taylor wouldn't return to the team. Things have obviously changed, so Buffalo will have to go in another direction.

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).

March 28, 2017: CBS Sports, Dane Brugler

No. 10 – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

The Corey Brown signing helps depth, but Sammy Watkins needs a sidekick and Davis offers the size, athleticism and receiving traits to make an immediate impact.

March 28, 2017: NFL.com, Charley Casserly

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

This would give Tyrod Taylor an exceptional target, especially in the red zone.

March 28, 2017: The Ringer, Danny Kelly

No. 10 – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Buffalo’s recently renegotiated deal with Tyrod Taylor gives the team the ability to cut ties without major cap implications after next season, so taking Trubisky here gives the Bills a line of succession. The former North Carolina passer is inexperienced, with only one year of starts under his belt, but he’s got all the tools teams look for at the quarterback position; his athleticism and mobility, combined with a strong, accurate arm, make the former North Carolina signal-caller a good fit in offensive coordinator Rick Dennison’s scheme, which relies heavily on zone running and boot-action throwing.

March 30, 2017: CBS Sports, Rob Rang

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

With significant losses to both position groups in recent weeks, this selection is likely to be spent on either a wide receiver or a cornerback. Given the commitment made to re-signed quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the depth at cornerback this year, GM Doug Whaley might like the idea of pairing the 6-4, 218-pound Williams with former Clemson teammate Sammy Watkins to give Taylor a pair of play-makers on the outside.

March 27, 2017: Bleacher Report, Gary Davenport

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Clemson University has put more than a few wide receivers in the NFL in recent years, including a pair of stars in DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins.

However, in the opinion of head coach Dabo Swinney, (per Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated) the best of the bunch is about to enter the NFL in Mike Williams:

“He's the complete package. He's the great combination of everything we've had come through here. He's the most complete. We had the Mike Williams rule: If there's only one [defender] on him, he's wide open. If there's two, they better be real tight on him. He's a handful and definitely NFL-ready the minute he gets there.”

Now, Swinney may be prone to the occasional bout of hyperbole (see Jordan, Michael), but after a season in which the 6'4", 218-pound Williams neared 100 catches for over 1,300 yards for the Tigers, he looks the part of a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. He also allayed doubts about his speed with a 4.51-second 40-yard dash at Clemson's pro day, per NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Yes, the Bills have had their share of ups and downs with Watkins since selecting him fourth overall in 2014, mostly due to injuries. But Williams is the best wideout in this class and is just the sort of big-bodied pass-catcher who would complement Watkins' ability to do damage in the slot.

He'd make Bills fans forget about Robert Woods pretty damn quick...assuming anyone still remembers him.

March 27, 2017: Walter Football, Charlie Campbell

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Bills need a receiver to pair with Sammy Watkins.

In 2016, Williams hauled in 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was an impressive return to college football after missing most of 2015 due to injury. In that season's opener, Williams fractured his neck when he ran into the goalpost while catching a touchdown. That ended his year.

With Sammy Watkins in the NFL, Williams took over as Clemson's lead receiver in 2014 and caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. In his freshman season, he had 20 catches for 316 yards and three scores.

Williams is a dynamic big receiver who is tremendous at using his size and leaping ability to make catches over defensive backs. He is a phenomenal red-zone weapon and is superb on back-shoulder sideline throws. While Williams made a lot of excellent leaping grabs, he does need to cut down on some dropped passes. The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder has a real combination of size and leaping ability.

March 24, 2017: CBS Sports, Jared Dubin

No. 10 – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Davis was an absolute monster at Western Michigan, and has the combination of size, speed, and physicality to work as the 1B to Sammy Watkins? 1A in Buffalo.

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