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Mock Draft Watch 6.0

Posted Apr 8, 2017

Offensive playmakers dominate the sixth edition of the Mock Draft Watch presented by M&T Bank.

April 6, 2017: ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr.

No. 10 – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

Buffalo badly needs pass-catchers, and Howard is the best tight end in the draft. He has all of the athletic attributes (4.51 40 at 6-6, 251) of a top-tier all-around player.

April 6, 2017: CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

No. 10 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

The Bills will have Tyrod Taylor for the 2017 season but first-year coach Sean McDermott’s long-term vision might include building the team around his guys, a conversation that always starts with a franchise quarterback. The Bills missed on EJ Manuel in 2013 but the only thing that Watson and Manuel have in common is they both played in the ACC. If the Bills can be patient, Watson could pay dividends in 2018 and beyond.

April 6, 2017: CBS Sports, Will Brinson

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Getting another weapon for Tyrod Taylor should be a priority, and Williams would pair nicely with Sammy Watkins, another star out of Clemson.

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April 6, 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.

April 6, 2017: Fox Sports, Dieter Kurtenbach

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Some people are overthinking Williams — he’s the No. 1 receiver in this draft and that stands up to the biggest microscopes.

April 6, 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.

April 6, 2017: ESPN, Todd McShay

No. 10 – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

If Lattimore fell this far, his history of hamstring injuries would probably be the biggest reason. Durability issues aside, the Bills would be thrilled to see Lattimore available here. He has elite coverage ability and good ball skills. Plus, cornerback is suddenly a much bigger need in Buffalo after it lost Stephon Gilmore in free agency.

April 6, 2017: The Washington Post, John Harris

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

The Bills will consider all the quarterbacks in this draft and take a quick look at next year’s crop. In the end, they’ll realize they can do better in 2018, if they find fault with Tyrod Taylor in 2017. Williams is the physical, intermediate option that’ll complement Sammy Watkins.

April 6, 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 resigned quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the depth at cornerback this year, GM Doug Whaley may like the idea of pairing the 6-4, 218 pound Williams with his former Clemson teammate Watkins to give Taylor a pair of playmakers on the outside.

April 5, 2017: Pro Football Focus, Steve Palazzolo

No. 10 – Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Even with QB Tyrod Taylor returning, the Bills are still in the QB market and Watson is a worth a look to see if he can develop in their system. He can make the necessary throws, whether throwing with touch or working the seam, it’s just a matter of tying up some of the finer points of the positon like moving in the pocket and working through his reads. Watson’s three-year production is difficult to ignore, including a 90.7 mark in 2015 and a 91.2 grade that ranked third in the nation in 2016.

April 4, 2017: NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah

No. 10 – Jamal Adams, S, LSU

In this scenario, the Bills land a top-three player. Adams is the best leader in the entire draft.

March 31, 2017: Denver Post, Cameron Wolfe

No. 10 – Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Williams reminds a lot of folks around the NFL of Alshon Jeffery as a big, jump-ball receiver. He’s not a burner, but he’d provide Tyrod Taylor the most reliable red zone and third down threat of his career.


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