MOCK DRAFT WATCH

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No. 13 (via trade with Miami) - WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi

The Bills need help up front and on the outside. Here, they make a move for a receiver after letting Josh Allen spend his rookie season throwing passes to WR1 Zay Jones. Our Chris Trapasso has compared Metcalf to Josh Gordon. That'll do.

No. 9 – T Jawaan Taylor, Florida

The Bills need to protect Josh Allen, and Taylor is mobile and powerful with good size. He can ride faster rushers past the QB with his quickness, allowing Allen time to find a receiver deep (yeah, Buffalo needs one of those, too) or take off. …

No. 9 – DL Ed Oliver, Houston

D.K. Metcalf is a popular pick here. But slotting him in the top-10 is assuming his neck is going to check out and that he’ll go supernova at the NFL Combine – he’s an extremely unconventional top-10 overall receiving prospect. The Bills also need offensive line help, but if Oliver is no the board, they’ll need to defer that to another day. I’m not on board with the current trend of Ed Oliver shade. Unlike Gary, Oliver was the monster we wanted him to be in college. Don’t ding him too much for last season: Oliver was hurt and the coaching staff was such a joke that it got dismissed despite an eight-win season. Houston’s defense was sub-100 S&P+, almost unthinkable for a G5 unit with Oliver and Isaiah Johnson. I’d be happy to bet on Oliver.

No. 9 – T Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Taylor steps in to help protect second-year quarterback Josh Allen.

No. 40 – C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

Improving the offensive line in front of Josh Allen should still be a priority, even after taking OT Jawaan Taylor in the first round. McCoy is as tough as they come in the middle.

No. 74 – WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

A strong combine could push Arcega-Whiteside up draft boards, but he'll be at least a strong WR2 no matter how his workout goes.

No. 15 (trade via Washington) – CB Byron Murphy, Washington

Murphy has the best zone instincts of any corner in this draft and the Bills are one of the zone-heaviest teams in the NFL. The value at the offensive skill positions would still be a reach at this point for Buffalo.

No. 9 – T Jonah Williams, Alabama

Jonah Williams has been the best offensive tackle in college football for two seasons—each of which he played on the left side of the Crimson Tide line after moving from his right tackle position he nailed down as a true freshman. Williams' tape is nearly flawless. But he has short arms.

Williams has already been called a guard or center prospect by scouts this offseason, and it's likely he'll follow in the footsteps of Zack Martin, Brandon Scherff or Cody Whitehair as a good college tackle kicked inside because of an arm that's one inch too short.

That's good news for the Bills. They can plug Williams in at guard and have an All-Pro-caliber player there. They could also experiment with him at tackle and let him figure it out on the job while moving Dion Dawkins to right tackle.

However it works, the Bills must focus on helping quarterback Josh Allen. 

No. 9 – T Jonah Williams, Alabama

They have their franchise quarterback in Josh Allen, but the Bills need to improve his supporting cast in just about every way. That starts up front, by adding one of the most polished and experienced tackles in the country, who has been battle-tested by some of the best competition in college football.

No. 40 – WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

No. 9 – T Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane must upgrade the supporting cast around Josh Allen to help their young franchise quarterback thrive. Taylor would help an offensive line that surrendered 41 sacks (14th-most) in 2018.

No. 9 – T Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Taylor could start at right tackle or either of the guard spots. He is a powerful run blocker with the agility to hold up in pass protection.

No. 9 – T Jonah Williams, Alabama

Logic says the Bills will fix their biggest need by going for the best offensive lineman in the draft. But it still wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills go for a defensive lineman to replace the retiring Kyle Williams.

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