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Mock draft roundup IV: A look at who's being projected to the Bills

As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, The Buffalo News will keep you updated on what the media -- both locally and nationally -- is projecting to happen when the Bills make their first pick, at No. 10 overall.

Here is our fourth mock draft roundup of 2017:

• Rob Rang, CBSsports.com: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.

Explanation: "With significant losses to both position groups in recent weeks, this selection is likely to be spent on either a wide receiver or a cornerback. Given the commitment made to resigned quarterback Tyrod Taylor and the depth at cornerback this year, GM Doug Whaley may like the idea of pairing the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Williams with his former Clemson teammate Watkins to give Taylor a pair of playmakers on the outside."

• Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan.

Explanation: "The Corey Brown signing helps depth, but Sammy Watkins needs a sidekick and Davis offers the size, athleticism and receiving traits to make an immediate impact."

• Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson.

Explanation: "I know they brought back Tyrod Taylor, but are they really sold on him? So why not get another young passer?"

• Will Brinson, CBSSports.com: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.

Explanation: "Getting another weapon for Tyrod Taylor should be a priority, and Williams would pair nicely with Sammy Watkins, another star out of Clemson."

• Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson.

Explanation: "Even with QB Tyrod Taylor returning, the Bills are still in the QB market and Watson is a worth a look to see if he can develop in their system. He can make the necessary throws, whether throwing with touch or working the seam, it’s just a matter of tying up some of the finer points of the position like moving in the pocket and working through his reads. Watson’s three-year production is difficult to ignore, including a 90.7 mark in 2015 and a 91.2 grade that ranked third in the nation in 2016.

• Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Jamal Adams, S, LSU.

Explanation: "In this scenario, the Bills land a top-three player. Adams is the best leader in the entire draft."

• Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.

Explanation: "Williams ran a respectable 40-yard dash at his pro day, answering the questions scouts had about his speed capabilities. Athletically, he is in the same class as former Clemson stars Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins, despite being 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. Williams and Watkins would make quite the duo in Buffalo."

• Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama.

Explanation: "Buffalo badly needs pass-catchers, and Howard is the best tight end in the draft. He has all of the athletic attributes (4.51 40 at 6-6, 251) of a top-tier all-around player. Charles Clay has underperformed the five-year deal he signed in 2015."

• Todd McShay, ESPN.com: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State.

Explanation: If Lattimore fell this far, his history of hamstring injuries would probably be the biggest reason. Durability issues aside, the Bills would be thrilled to see Lattimore available here. He has elite coverage ability and good ball skills. Plus, cornerback is suddenly a much bigger need in Buffalo after it lost Stephon Gilmore in free agency."

• Eric Galko, Sporting News: Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.

Explanation: "It’s likely that a quarterback goes before 10, and my money is on Trubisky being the first quarterback taken at this point. The Bills have interest in Trubisky, and if he doesn’t go in the top-three picks, I’d be surprised if the Bills don’t draft him."

• Joe Buscaglia, wkbw.com: Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn (projected trade down to No. 25 with Houston).

Explanation: "Rather than taking a cornerback, with their first selection, I have the Bills going with Obi Melifonwu -- a safety that oozes both potential and versatility. He stood out during the Senior Bowl week in Mobile and flashed versatility to line up a little of everywhere for a team -- whether it be safety, linebacker, or even cornerback. At 6-foot-4 and 224-pounds, Melifonwu has the length and strength to battle in coverage with some of the bigger receivers and tight ends, while also showing a great deal of range to his game when lining up as the centerfielder of a defense. Given his ability, versatility, and fit into Sean McDermott's scheme, this makes for a dynamic pick that can give the Bills a lot of options defensively."

• Dan Kadar, SBnation.com: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan.

Explanation: "There was plenty of back-and-forth between Davis and power forward-type wideout Mike Williams, but Davis won out due to his ability after the catch. In the West Coast offense Buffalo will use under new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, Davis' tremendous ability to create big plays after the ball is in his hands on shorter routes will be a welcomed addition to the Bills offense. At nearly 6-3 and 209 pounds, he brings a 'big wide receiver' element to Buffalo, too."

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