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16 prospects to watch for on day two of the NFL Draft

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU (top left), WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame (top right), CB Jeff Gladney, TCU (bottom left) and DE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee (bottom right) are some of the top prospects who have been picked for the Bills in mock drafts.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU (top left), WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame (top right), CB Jeff Gladney, TCU (bottom left) and DE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee (bottom right) are some of the top prospects who have been picked for the Bills in mock drafts.

Since the Bills traded their first round pick to Minnesota for WR Stefon Diggs, Buffalobills.com has tracked close to 50 mock drafts. Here's a list of the 16 prospects picked for the Bills in the second or third rounds.

Scroll through to view photos of prospects that some mock draft experts have Buffalo selecting in the second or third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

SECOND ROUND

1. EDGE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Julian Okwara is an edge rusher who has a lot of upside in the draft. In 2019, Okwara played in nine games and totaled 5.0 sacks, seven tackles for loss and forced two fumbles. He had 15.5 sacks in his four years with Notre Dame. Okwara has been in several mock drafts to the Bills at No. 54 but NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero thinks he could go as early as the first round.

The younger brother of Lions defensive end Romeo Okwara has all the physical tools and recorded 12 sacks over the past two seasons, despite missing the last four games of his senior year with a broken fibula. Okwara's calendar has been booked up with video interviews as teams try to answer their main question: How committed is he to reaching his immense potential on a daily basis? "I already counted him to be a clear 1," an NFC personnel director said. "He's a bright kid and he's got other interests. But I think athletically, he can run and bend like no one else coming off the corner." Another exec compared him to Vikings Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr in terms of being able to rush the passer and drop into coverage.

2. EDGE Jabari Zuniga, Florida

Edge rusher Jabari Zuniga out of Florida has appeared on the mock drafts heading to Buffalo at the No. 54 pick and the No. 86 pick. Zuniga played in just five games in 2019 and totaled 3.0 sacks. His career-high 6.5 sacks came in 2018. Sports Illustrated’s Rob Rang has Zuniga as a favorite non-first-round prospect on defense.

Like Fotu, if not for an ankle injury zapping most of Zuniga's senior season, we might be talking about a first round pick as the flashes are bright. Compactly built at 6-3, 264 pounds, Zuniga is a coiled-up stick of dynamite, challenging blockers with speed and power, alike, in a way that suggests he should be able to continue playing up and down the defensive line, just as he did at Florida. His rare athletic traits were on full display at the Combine, where he was clocked at 4.64 seconds in the 40-yard dash, had a 33" vertical and lifted the bar 29 times – impressive weight-room power for a player who only took up football as a high school senior. At least from a tools perspective, Zuniga reminds me a bit of a young Everson Griffen, with Pro Bowl upside of his own.

3. EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise State

Boise State's Curtis Weaver is an edge who lit up the stat sheets in his three years with the Broncos. Weaver had a career-high 13.5 sacks in 2019 after posting 9.5 sacks in 2018 and started his college career with 11 sacks in 2017. His production has made him a popular target to the Bills in the second round. In Dane Brugler’s 2020 NFL Draft Guide, Brugler says he is a motivated pass rusher.

A three-year starter at Boise State, Weaver played the Stud rusher position in defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding's hybrid front seven, standing up on the edge. Although his stats were somewhat inflated by below average blocking in the Mountain West, his production was consistent each season and his 34.0 career sacks passed Jerry Hughes for the all-time conference record (second most in school history). The keys to Weaver's pass rush are his motor and hands, using a two hand swipe as his signature move, swatting away blockers to stay free around the edge. He was a cheeseburger away from 300 pounds when he enrolled at Boise State and his maturity is something NFL teams are putting under the microscope. Overall, Weaver isn't a top-tier athlete and his limitations will be more noticeable vs. NFL competition, but he is a motivated rusher with the active hands and power to grind away at the corner, projecting as an NFL starter in the right situation.

4. CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah

Corner has popped up on a lot of mock drafts related to the Bills and Buffalo could find good value at corner in the second round. Many say it's tough to sort the corners rankings-wise after Jeff Okudah and C.J. Henderson. Jaylon Johnson is one corner who has floated in and out of the second round in mock drafts. NFL Matchup analyst Greg Cosell appeared on One Bills Live to discuss the corners in this year's draft and thinks Johnson is an interesting prospect.

"I think Johnson is a really good prospect as well," Cosell said. "I think he's a really good off-coverage corner. A lot of times there's a feel for that because obviously the receiver has free access off the line of scrimmage so I think that he's a very good off-coverage corner. I think he has some length to him. There's a lot of good-sized corners, so Johnson is another interesting guy."

5. CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

TCU corner Jeff Gladney also falls in the pool of corners that could come off the board as early as the first round . If he's available in the second round, The Athletic's Dane Brugler thinks Gladney is a good fit for Buffalo with the 54th overall pick.

"He's a bulldog of a corner and usually you don't use that adjective to describe a cornerback," Brugler told One Bills Live. "He is a junkyard dog with his ability to get physical, mix things up with receivers. He's not afraid to be a part of the run game and he was challenged in the Big 12 where we know they like to put the ball through the air. He did a really nice job, the last two years he combined for 30 passes defensed. In my experience that's one of the production stats that really transfers and translates from the college level to the pro level if you're able to get your hands on the football as a defensive back. Gladney is my third best corner and I think he would be a great value at that point."

6. CB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State

Mississippi State's Cameron Dantzler is a unique prospect at cornerback due to his size. If the Bills want to target someone opposite Tre'Davious White, Dantzler's 6-2 frame could complement White by providing more height and length at the corner position. NFL analyst Lance Zierlein thinks he excels at press-man coverage.

Very long, stringy cornerback with surprising strength and a competitive mindset that had quarterbacks looking for easier battles elsewhere. He looks to suffocate and contest the route from start to finish and does an excellent job of maintaining phase in the vertical plane. His cover style will draw attention from NFL game officials early on, but the athleticism and length should allow him to trust his technique. He won't give up many explosive plays through the air, but is a high-risk tackler in run support and needs to do a better job of wrapping and finishing. Dantzler can play in a variety of coverages but is a future starter as a confident press-man corner with early starting potential.

7. CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State

Did someone say more corners? There's a bevy of them available and Ohio State's Damon Arnette is an attractive prospect due to his physicality. Arnette totaled five interceptions during his four years at Ohio State returning one for a touchdown in 2019. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has Arnette being available when the Bills pick in the second round.

"Damon Arnette from Ohio State, he's my 59th player," Jeremiah said. "So he would be somebody that could be in the mix there at that point in time. Real physical, really tough, can find and play the ball, short-area quickness is outstanding. He's aggressive against the run. He's just a little bit tight, a little bit rigid and didn't run as fast, ran 4.56. I think he's another one that's right about that time for him in the draft, as well.

8. CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

Trevon Diggs is a corner out of Alabama who has ties to the Buffalo Bills. His brother is none other than the Bills' newest wide receiver Stefon Diggs. The corner could be off the board before the Bills are on the clock with the 54th pick but if he's available, Buffalo could target him. Diggs had three interceptions in 2019, taking one to the house. NFL Matchup analyst Greg Cosell told One Bills Live what he loves about the cornerback.

"I love Trevon Diggs," Cosell explained. "I've been doing this a long time and I rarely say I love a guy, but I've loved watching Diggs. I think he's got great traits. He has size, length, speed, athleticism. He is super physical and competitive. He doesn't play the same way [C.J.] Henderson and [Jeff] Okudah do, in the sense of his movement because he's a bigger man. I don't usually like to rank guys, but I would put him as my number three corner after those two other guys."

9. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Many analysts think only one, potentially two running backs could be drafted in the first round with the thinking that many will go in the second and third round. One talented running back who most likely won't be around in round three is running back Jonathan Taylor from Wisconsin. Taylor had back-to-back 2,000 yard seasons and racked up 21 touchdowns in 2019. Taylor has been a favorite running back mocked to the Bills in the second round. NFL Network’s Maurice Jones Drew thinks Taylor has star potential.

Taylor reminds me of Christian McCaffrey when he came out of college in the sense that the 5-10, 226-pound Badger has so many miles on his tires after recording 926 carries for 6,174 yards in three years at Wisconsin. This was my concern with McCaffrey, but the Carolina Panthers have used him in a way where he doesn't take as many hits. Unfortunately, Taylor's size and downhill running style will make him more susceptible to hits at the next level. He was durable in college, so hopefully that continues because he's talented enough to be a starter immediately.

10. RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

Running back J.K. Dobbins out of Ohio State has also been seen on mock drafts heading to the Bills at No. 54. The running back had 2,000 rushing yards in 2019 and added 25 total touchdowns. He is 5-9, 209 pounds and NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah likes the way he attacks on offense.

"Just very compact," Jeremiah said on a conference call. "He's a physical runner. He's got great balance. There's no hesitation to him. I mean, sometimes you talk about patience and that's a good thing in running backs. There's other teams where man, if it's there, just go hit it, and this kid is all gas, no brakes. He attacks it. He's really good in pass protection. Had those two drops against Clemson but I thought his hands were really good on the whole when you study him throughout the whole year. I think he's a rock solid player who I have as the 37th player, which puts him right at the front of the second round, and I would love to see him get an opportunity at that point in the draft to get somewhere and get after it.

11. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow raves about running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and what he can bring to a team. The running back is 5-7 and ran a 4.6 at the NFL Combine but was explosive last year running for 1,414 yards with an additional 453 receiving yards. Edwards-Helaire scored 17 total touchdowns in 2019 and has been seen on a few mock drafts being drafted to the Bills with the No. 54 pick. NFL Matchup Analyst Greg Cosell thinks Edwards-Helaire is a valuable running back because of his versatility.

Edwards-Helaire is a fascinating prospect given his short stature and less than ideal 40 yard dash time but he's so much more than that. He's a sudden explosive runner with outstanding later quickness and change of direction and short area burst to clear the second and third levels of the defense. There were times watching Edwards-Helaire that he reminded me of Devonta Freeman re: size and running traits. Edwards-Helaire is a tough competitive runner with an innate feel for both setting up and reacting to defensive movement and his quick cut explosive change of direction makes him effective in both confined space and in the open field. Edwards-Helaire's receiving ability enhances his value as you transition him to the NFL. Overall Edwards-Helaire is a very good running back prospect who fits today's NFL with the increased importance of the back as a multi-dimensional weapon in the passing game.

12. RB A.J. Dillon, Boston College

Boston College's A.J. Dillon is a running back with quite a bit of size, weighing in at 247 pounds and standing 6-0 tall. Analysts think Dillon could be a talented third-round running back who can complement Devin Singletary due to his size. In 2019, Dillon had 318 carries for 1,685 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. The Ringer’s Danny Kelly likes his power.

Dillon runs with a surprisingly velvety style and very good balance despite his immense size, slaloming through gaps in the defense while utilizing eye-poppingly smooth open-field spin moves to avoid tacklers. The heart of his game, though, is his ability to grind out tough yards and break tackles with pure size and power: Dillon has feet like pistons that allow him to accelerate through contact and send would-be tacklers bouncing off him like he's wearing a cow catcher. He loves to lower his pads and seek out destruction, and while he's not very sudden laterally, he has good hip flexion to cut upfield quickly and exploit small gaps his line creates. He has an effective stiff-arm.

13. RB Zack Moss, Utah

Running back Zack Moss out of Utah has been a popular prospect coming to Buffalo in several mock drafts with the 86th overall pick in the third round. Moss is 5-9, 233 pounds and racked up 1,804 scrimmage yards in 2019 as well as 17 total touchdowns. ESPN’s Mina Kimes says Moss reminds her of Marshawn Lynch.

"I really love Zack Moss out of Utah, that's like my hipster pick," Kimes said. "He runs a little bit, I comped him to my friend Danny Kelly as budget Marshawn Lynch. You know how Marshawn Lynch kind of runs like an angry centipede, that's how I feel watching him run. It's all that lateral wiggle but maintains balance and breaks tackles like a mofo. He is a guy like if I was trying to find a fantasy bargain for example, I think he's going to score a lot of touchdowns. I think he's explosive. He doesn't have that second-level speed necessarily, but I think he's going to get a lot of points."

14. WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame

Notre Dame's Chase Claypool is a receiver who calls Canada home. He's listed by many as a wide receiver but some teams have identified him as a tight end because he's 6-4, 238 pounds and played a big part in blocking at Notre Dame. Claypool had 66 receptions for 1,037 yards with 13 touchdowns in 2019. Claypool has showed up on a few mock drafts going to the Bills at No. 86 in the third round. ESPN draft analyst Jim Nagy told One Bills Live that Claypool will be a big help to whatever team drafts him.

"I think there's a better chance of him being available for the Bills than him going in the first, even though he had such a great spring," Nagy said. He had a great Senior Bowl. He's 6-4, 238 pounds and ran a 4.38 and a 4.40 which is crazy. I was talking to someone the other day at Notre Dame and it made me think even more highly of Chase. He really kind of put it together his senior year. He was a guy that, coasting isn't the right word, but he didn't have a lot of urgency about what he was always doing. He comes out his senior year and they feel like he really broke through and it really clicked for him. He was their best special teams player. There's so much upside with this kid. In a draft where we're talking about [Jerry] Jeudy, [Henry] Ruggs III, CeeDee Lamb and these guys in the middle of the first, to me there's so much depth. You're better off waiting till the second or third round, you can get a starter into the third round this year."

15. EDGE Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Many analysts have edge as a need for Buffalo heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. Whether it's the second round or third, pass rusher is the favorite pick for the Bills in mock drafts. One of those popular picks in the third round is edge Darrell Taylor out of Tennessee. Taylor possesses size and strength at 6-4, 267 pounds. NFL analyst Lance Zierlein thinks Taylor has a lot to offer.

Powerful edge defender for 3-4 or 4-3 fronts with five-star traits, but three-star skill level at this point. He has the strength and leverage to anchor and stand his ground at the point of attack, but he needs to transform from a set-it-and-forget-it roadblock into a shed-and-tackle playmaker. His rush lacks instincts and counters, but he has shown the ability to explode and bend the edge sharply, which will get the attention of NFL evaluators. The toolbox has plenty in it, but additional development as a pass rusher might be the difference between functional backup or dangerous starter.

16. S Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne

Kyle Dugger is a safety out of Lenoir-Rhyne who has been talked about quite a bit because of his versatility. Dugger will likely be drafted on day two and could be a good fit for the Bills in a defense that loves to move players around. During his time at Lenoir-Rhyne, Dugger had 10 interceptions, six forced fumbles and 36 passes defensed. NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks thinks Dugger has starting potential.

"Small school standout Kyle Dugger from Lenoir Rhyne, this is a guy that has a lot of potential," Brooks said of the day two sleeper. "He's a nice size. Has the ability to come down and play in the box, the ability to play in the deep-middle. He also has added value as a returner. He's fantastic. Day two, he's a guy that can come in and start maybe by the middle of the first season."

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