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2017 mock drafts (seriously) have the Bills leaning toward offense

A word of caution when it comes to 2017 mock drafts.

The player that Sports Illustrated had going No. 1 overall this time a year ago in the 2016 NFL Draft – Baylor's Shawn Oakman – wasn't even selected this past weekend.

Suffice to say, a whole bunch can change between now and the next draft.

So take the following roundup of 2017 mock draft picks for the Bills from the national media with a grain of salt. Or a block of it.

• Pro Football Focus: 15. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Steve Palazzolo: "After missing all of 2015, Williams will return to form one of the nation’s most formidable pass-catching duos with Watson. They had good chemistry during Watson’s freshman year (2014) when Williams had the second-highest receiving grade among this group of returnees and he averaged 18.1 yards per reception and 7.6 yards after the catch per reception. He brings a downfield threat to the Bills’ offense."

• Sports Illustrated: 13. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

Chris Burke: "Don’t want to overdo it on running backs, especially in the top 15, but Cook will be in the early first round discussion if he repeats his 2015 production: 1,935 rushing yards, 20 TDs. Pro Football Focus graded him out No. 2 in the nation in yards after contact per attempt."

• CBS Sports: 16. Zach Banner, OT, Southern Cal

Rob Rang: "Left tackle Cordy Glenn's long-term future with the club is uncertain after signing a one-year franchise tender. Banner isn't for everyone, but Rex Ryan would probably love his power in the running game."

Note: This story was published before the Bills re-signed Glenn on Tuesday.

• Bleacher Report: 15. Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State

Matt Miller: "The offensive line in Buffalo is holding up, but it can't be long before the hole at right tackle must be filled. That's where big Roderick Johnson comes in. A top-tier left tackle at Florida State, Johnson has the size (6-foot-6, 323 pounds) to line up on either side and be a Day One impact. He's smooth, powerful, long and has the football IQ to handle either side of the line without taking a step back. If the Bills wanted to move Cordy Glenn to right tackle, Johnson has the skills to be an NFL left tackle right out of the gate. He brings a top-tier ceiling and a talent that may have him becoming a top-10 pick by next April."

• SB Nation: 16. Zach Banner, OT, Southern California

Dan Kadar: "Cordy Glenn’s future in Buffalo is uncertain, and the massive Banner could be his replacement."

Note: This story was published before the Bills re-signed Glenn on Tuesday.

• Sporting News: 15. Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

Eric Galko: "The Bills went defense-heavy with their 2015 draft, but they still have some long-term roster adjustments to make. Shaq Lawson should be able to lock down one side long term for the Bills, but the highly athletic Harris, hailing from a Missouri program that has consistently churned out NFL pass-rushers, should still be in play for Rex Ryan."

• San Diego Union-Tribune: 15. Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama

Eddie Brown: "Williams' explosiveness off the edge makes him a first-round candidate. He pressured the quarterback at an incredible rate over the past two years, picking up 52 total pressures (11 sacks, eight quarterback hits, 33 hurries), on only 147 rushes in 2015."

 

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