Mock Draft Watch 7.0

Posted Apr 15, 2017

In the latest edition of Mock Draft Watch, presented by M&T Bank, national media identify a variety of offensive and defensive prospects that the Bills may look at with the No. 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

April 14, 2017:, Chad Reuter

No. 10 – Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

Robinson could go higher than expected in this draft; Carolina, Cincinnati, and Buffalo all had him in for visits. The Alabama tackle's strength at the point of attack is tough to ignore.

April 14, 2017: CBS Sports, R.J. White

No. 10 – Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State NFL insider Jason La Canfora recently reported teams have "mounting concerns" about Lattimore because of potentially chronic hamstring issues. The Bills showed last year with Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland that they won't be scared off by medical issues if the value is there. Lattimore could go as high as No. 2, and since he fits a clear need at cornerback, he makes sense for Buffalo.

April 13, 2017: USA Today, Nate Davis

No. 10 – Malik Hooker, FS, Ohio State

The Bills haven't had much production from their safeties since saying goodbye to Jairus Byrd after the 2013 season, and the depth chart looks particularly bleak heading into the draft. Hooker covers a ton of ground, gets his hands on the ball (7 INTs in 2016) and makes things happen when he does (3 TDs last year). The only question is his health after surgeries on his shoulder and for a sports hernia shelved him during the pre-draft process.

April 13, 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.

April 12, 2017: CBS Sports, Pete Prisco

No. 10 – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

Is Tyrod Taylor the long-term answer? Probably not. So they land a guy here to take over for the long run.

April 12, 2017: ESPN, Todd McShay

No. 10 – Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Multiple scouts have voiced concerns to me about who Foster surrounds himself with, but he's one of the 10 best football players in the draft and worth the risk at this point. First-year coach Sean McDermott wants more speed at linebacker, and Foster certainly has that. He's an explosive tackler who can get sideline to sideline in a hurry.

April 11, 2017: Walter Football, Walter Cherepinsky

No. 10 – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

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, though I still wouldn't completely discount Mitchell Trubisky.

So, if this pick isn't a quarterback, what will the Bills do? My guess is that Mike Williams becomes the top option. He's unavailable in this update, but O.J. Howard is. The Bills have to upgrade their tight end situation, and Howard would be a huge boon for Taylor.

April 11, 2017: Sporting News, Eric Galko

No. 10 – Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

The Bills have substantial interest in Trubisky and have had it for a while. Don’t be surprised if they trade up. If they don’t get Trubisky, Charles Harris ideally would be the pick.

April 11, 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 11, 2017: Pro Football Focus, Gordon McGuinness

No. 10 – Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama

The long-term replacement for Kyle Williams, Allen racked up 13 sacks, 13 hits, and 41 hurries in the 2016 season. He can contribute as an interior pass-rusher early on and grow into a bigger role.

April 11, 2017: The Ringer, Danny Kelly

No. 10 – Haasan Reddick, LB, Temple

Reddick surrendered zero touchdowns, grabbed one pick, and added two pass breakups on 22 targets in coverage in college last season, per Pro Football Focus, so while he’s primarily known as a pass rusher (9.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss), he can cover, too. This versatility will allow him to play several roles in Sean McDermott’s 4–3 scheme: dropping back to play as an off-ball linebacker on both the strong and weak sides of the Bills defense on base downs, then rushing the passer on the weakside end on passing downs.

April 10, 2017: SB Nation, Dan Kadar

No. 10 – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

Howard has built himself into a top-10 pick this offseason and he may be gone by the time Buffalo picks.

April 7, 2017: CBS Sports, Jared Dubin

No. 10 – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Buffalo saw 167 targets, 90 catches, 1,233 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns walk out the door in free agency. They need to replace that production, and drafting Davis here would be a great step in that direction.

April 6, 2017: CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

No. 10 – OJ Howard, TE, Alabama

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 they both played in the ACC. If the Bills can be patient, Watson could pay dividends in 2018 and beyond.