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Mock Draft Watch 9.0

Posted Apr 23, 2018

Find out what NFL Draft analysts are predicting for the Bills for Thursday's first round.

April 23: MMQB, Peter King

No. 6 (via trade with Indianapolis) – QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

While we’re hung up on finding a landing spot for all the quarterbacks, I’d remind you of four things at this pick: A) I don’t know if Buffalo loves Allen; B) but I hear they love his ability to throw it through the lake effect winds and snow; C) Allen is a garrulous, genial version of Jim Kelly, a rifle-armed work in progress the fans in western New York will love; and D) I think this trade fits both teams because I’m not sure the Colts would demand both Bills’ first-round picks in return. In fact, because of the strength of the second round, I could see Colts GM Chris Ballard valuing the 53rd and 56th picks collectively higher than the 22nd pick in this draft. So, 12, 53, 56 and, say, 96 for six? Could be equitable. It would leave the Bills with their second of two first-rounders.

No. 22 – C James Daniels, Iowa

Need pick. Smart of the Bills to insist in their dealings and offers to various teams that they’d have to keep this pick to buttress a part of their team buffeted by a wild offseason. Gone: center Eric Wood and guard Richie Incognito (retired) and tackle Cordy Glenn (traded). If you’d told anyone in the Bills front office that they’d exit day one of the draft with a quarterback of the future and the second-best interior lineman in the draft with lots of experience playing pro-style football, they’d have been very happy.

April 23: Bleacher Report, Doug Farrar

No. 12 – QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

… Baker Mayfield isn't a perfect quarterback prospect, but he looks like a pretty good fit with new Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who comes from an Alabama system in which he was creating schemed openings for receivers catching passes from mobile, creative quarterbacks. Mobile and creative are two things that certainly describe Mayfield—at 6'1", 215 pounds, he's learned what Drew Brees, Michael Vick and Russell Wilson learned before him about moving the pocket to create throwing lanes that mitigate his height. And while he had more than his share of easy throws in Oklahoma's system, Mayfield has also proven that he can make stick throws into tight windows, whether he's under pressure or not.

No. 22 – WR DJ Moore, Maryland

… Moore is a burner off the snap who can play outside and in the slot, though his size (6'0", 210) may have the Bills looking to move him inside more often than not. Wherever they may put him, Buffalo could really use a target with Moore's pure athletic potential.

April 23: CBS Sports, RJ White

No. 4 (via trade with Cleveland) – QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

After quarterbacks go 1-2-3, the Bills trade up to No. 4 by giving the Browns No. 12, No. 96 and their 2019 first-rounder, a pick that I think would appeal to the Browns more than No. 22 this year. It's a similar price to what the Chiefs paid the Bills last year to move from No. 27 to No. 10 for Patrick Mahomes, and though this is a shorter jump in terms of total spots, it's more expensive to move up early in the draft. Mayfield has a sneaky-good chance to be the best QB out of this class.

No. 22 – G Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

By trading next year's first, the Bills are free to use No. 22 on the best guard prospect this year outside of Quenton Nelson.

April 23: SB Nation, Dan Kadar

No. 12 – QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

There’s been a lot swirling about Rosen, and the Bills could be the beneficiary if he slides a little bit. The Bills may still have to move up to get him, but maybe not inside the top five. That means the glut of picks Bills General Manger Brandon Beane can be used to shape the roster.

No. 22 – LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

After quarterback, an inside linebacker is Buffalo’s biggest need. Although the trade talk with the Bills centers around a quarterback, it will be worth watching to see if the team makes a small move up if needed to get a linebacker. In this scenario it wasn’t necessary.

April 23: NFL.com, Curtis Conway

No. 12 – T Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

There's a good chance the Bills will try to trade up. If they stay put at No. 12 and pick McGlinchey, they will still be getting a solid tackle to block for LeSean McCoy and protect the QB.

No. 22 – QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

I initially had the Bills taking Lamar Jackson, but why would they draft a younger version of the guy they just got rid of (Tyrod Taylor)? Rudolph would be a good fit.

April 22: CBS Sports, Tom Fornelli

No. 4 (via trade with Cleveland) – QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

Our first mock trade. With Allen available the Bills move up to grab him, giving Cleveland their two first-round picks and others that have no bearing in this mock draft.

April 20: NFL.com, Chad Reuter

No.. 5 (via trade with Denver) – QB Sam Darnold, USC

Buffalo gets a new quarterback in Darnold, who will try to show the Browns and Jets that they shouldn't have passed on him.

April 19: AL.com, Mark Inabinett

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

Even with its load of draft choices (two in each of the first three rounds), Buffalo doesn't have the capital to get up to No. 2. So just as they traded to get up to the No. 12 pick they hold today, the Bills can take another step to get to No. 2 by swapping the 12th, 53rd and 65th selections for the sixth pick held by the Indianapolis Colts, a team with plenty of holes in its roster. Packaging the sixth pick with No. 22 and No. 56 is enough for the Giants to trade out of No. 2, where general manager Dave Gettleman, former boss of Buffalo GM Brandon Beane, thinks a Hall of Fame player should be found. With Barkley gone, will Gettleman think there's still one available? So Beane gets his "franchise quarterback" if the trades go through.