We could track these mock drafts all the way up until the draft starts at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight on NFL Network. But, at some point you have to stop. So, our magic number this year is 171. We tracked 171 total mock drafts, which started on January 23 and ended on April 26.
Throughout the last few months, prospects and positions have emerged as favorites for the Bills to select at No. 27 on night one. There have also been some wild trends that have been revealed since the end of January. So, we figured we would share what we have learned from tracking more than 170 mock drafts.
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HOW MANY DIFFERENT PROSPECTS?
If you're a draft nerd like us, by now you've heard that the grades on this class are all over the place. That's been reflected with where several players are mocked to come off the board on night one. It's also seen in the different names being mocked to teams, including the Bills.
This year, 41 different players were mocked to the Bills in the first round compared to last year's 25. That's a pretty stark difference between years. We will see if one of those 41 players are heading to Buffalo once the Bills are on the clock.
MOST POPULAR PROSPECTS
Here are the names of the prospects who were most frequently mocked to the Bills at No. 27. If you break this up by month, the list starts to look quite different.
- RB Bijan Robinson, Texas - 23 (mocked to Buffalo 23 times at No. 27)
- OG O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida - 18
- WR Jordan Addison, USC - 17
- LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas - 12
- DB Brian Branch, Alabama - 11
- WR Zay Flowers, Boston College - 9
- LB Jack Campbell, Iowa - 8
MOST POPULAR POSITIONS
Here are the most popular positions mocked to the Bills with the 27th overall pick. Similar to the names, this starts to change if you look at it by month.
- Wide Receiver - 41 (the WR position was mocked to the Bills 41 times)
- Offensive line - 40 (Interior offensive line: 26, offensive tackle: 14)
- Linebacker - 27
- Running back - 27
- Defensive back - 22 (Safety: 12, defensive back: 5, corner: 5)
- Defensive line - 11 (Defensive tackle: 8, Edge: 3)
- Tight end - 3
HOTTEST PROSPECTS BY MONTH
If you look at who got mocked to the Bills at No. 27 by month, it's wild to see the names change. Bijan Robinson was hot early on, but by April he was only mocked to the Bills three times.
FEBRUARY (48 mock drafts tracked)
RB Bijan Robinson - 10 (mocked to the Bills 10 times in Feb)
OG O'Cyrus Torrence - 7
MARCH (56 mock drafts tracked)
OG O'Cyrus Torrence - 9
RB Bijan Robinson - 7
APRIL (55 mock drafts tracked)
WR Jordan Addison - 11
LB Drew Sanders - 8
HOTTEST POSITIONS BY MONTH
If you ID the most popular positions mocked to the Bills by month, it's easy to see changes based on what the Bills did to fill their needs in free agency.
Offensive line - 17 (Interior offensive line: 10, offensive tackle: 7)
Running back - 13
Safety - 10
Offensive line - 16 (Interior offensive line: 12, offensive tackle: 4)
Wide receiver - 11
Linebacker - 9
Running back - 8
Wide receiver - 22
Linebacker - 15
Defensive line - 6 (Defensive tackle: 4, Edge: 2)
*Running back was only mocked to the Bills 3 times in April
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