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Mock Draft Watch 8.0

Posted Apr 20, 2018

The NFL Draft is less than one week away. Find out the latest predictions from national NFL analysts in the eighth edition of Mock Draft Watch presented by M&T Bank.

April 19: CBS Sports, Pete Prisco

No. 4 (via trade with Cleveland) – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

The Bills make the move up with the Browns to land their quarterback. 

April 19: NJ.com, Matt Lombardo

No. 5 (via trade with Denver) – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

The Broncos move out of the quarterback sweepstakes after signing Case Keenum via free agency, and the Bills land one of the most pro ready quarterback prospects in this class. Buffalo moved on from Tyrod Taylor and likely covet a pocket-passer, which is where Rosen thrived at UCLA.

April 19: NY Daily News, Manish Mehta

No. 2 (via trade with Giants) – QB Sam Darnold, USC

I don’t buy that Dave Gettleman has an aversion to trading down. Oh, sure, he never did it in Carolina, but Big Blue’s new boss man is sitting on a gold mine with Darnold still on the board. ... Grab the No. 12 and No. 22 picks along with one of the Bills’ two second-rounders this year (Nos. 53 or 56) and a 2019 second-rounder. Are you telling me that the Giants would pass on an offer that includes an additional first rounder and two second-rounders to move from No. 2 to No. 12? If you are, I don’t believe you. The Giants would make out like bandits. If the Big Blue brass truly still believes in Eli Manning, then this is a no-brainer. Bills GM Brandon Beane won’t care what it cost to get his quarterback if the USC golden boy turns into a star.

April 18: CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

No. 12 – QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

After trading up from No. 21 to No. 12, the Bills stay put for their quarterback and take Jackson. There's no rush to get him on the field immediately; AJ McCarron will have a chance to earn the job in 2018 …

No. 22 – LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

With Preston Brown signing with the Bengals, the Bills fill the void in the middle of their defense with Vander Esch, who's long on athleticism but short on experience. He has also been impressive during pre-draft workouts.

April 17: CBS Sports, Will Brinson

No. 4 (via trade with Cleveland) – QB Sam Darnold, USC

Brandon Beane can't believe his eyes. His top quarterback on the board is there at No. 4 overall, so he packages No. 12, No. 22, No. 65 and a future first-round pick to move up to No. 4 and grabs Darnold.  

April 17: MMQB, Albert Breer

No. 9 (via trade w/ 49ers) – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

Brandon Beane is looking at all options to deal up. This one won’t require giving up both his 1s.

No. 22 – G/C James Daniels, Iowa

The payoff for being patient in trading up is a guy who could be a 10-year cornerstone at one of two positions of need.

April 17: The Ringer, Danny Kelly

No. 5 (via trade w/ Denver) – QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Denver’s done their due diligence on this class of quarterbacks, but GM John Elway signed Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal in March and reportedly still believes in Paxton Lynch. That leaves him open to a trade back here, and Buffalo makes their move, giving up the 12th and 22nd overall selections to jump up and grab Mayfield. The former Oklahoma star and Heisman winner is a dynamic talent with accuracy, poise, and excellent on-field leadership traits. He’d give the Bills a quarterback to build around for the long term and would come in and compete for the starting job with A.J. McCarron (whose two-year deal guarantees just $6 million) from day one.

April 17: NFL.com, Daniel Jeremiah

No. 12 – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

There's a good chance the Bills will have to trade in front of Miami to ensure they land one of the top four signal-callers, but in this scenario, one of them falls right into their lap.

No. 22 – LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

Vander Esch has the size, athleticism and versatility to be a playmaker in the Bills' front seven.