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

The 2017 NFL Draft is finally here. 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 final mock draft roundup:

• Matthew Fairburn, syracuse.com: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Reasoning: "Ideally, the Buffalo Bills would be able to trade down in the the first round and target Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey, but his stock is rising fast enough that he would be worth the No. 10 pick. He lacks elite straight-line speed but has the coverage skills and willingness to tackle that would make him a perfect fit in the Buffalo Bills' defense. Add to that the fact that his dad played in the NFL and he's been brought up around a strong football culture, and Humphrey seems to fit McDermott's mold."

• Joe Buscaglia, WKBW.com: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reasoning: "For all the talk about the Bills wanting to add a quarterback at 10th overall over the past few weeks, I still do not believe that they'd take one if they stay at the pick. If they were to move down in the order and pick up an additional early pick or two, then I would entertain the idea. Even then, though, I still believe Sean McDermott's mentality in entering this draft is pretty laser focused on one thing early on: improving this defense and fixing it with the players that best fit his scheme -- and that's just where Temple's Haason Reddick fits into the equation. Reddick morphed into an every-down defensive end for the Owls, but he's also played a little bit of everywhere on defense."

• Mike Mayock, nfl.com: Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Reasoning: "Buffalo could go in a lot of directions here, including QB, but Foster's tape is so good that it reminds me of Luke Kuechly's. There are off-field concerns with Foster, but his tape is awesome."

• Daniel Jeremiah, nfl.com: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reasoning: "Several teams are targeting Reddick. I'll be surprised if he gets out of the top 15."

• Will Brinson, cbssports.com: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama 

Reasoning: "The Bills have some serious needs on defense, including cornerback, but they also need to get Tyrod Taylor another weapon. Howard is an upgrade over Charles Clay."

• Todd McShay, espn.com: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

Reasoning: "This also could be Alabama's O.J. Howard if he's still available. Reddick has elite athleticism, and he showed the ability to play in space during a superb Senior Bowl week."

• Dane Brugler, cbssports.com: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Reasoning: "With Charles Clay in place, tight end isn't the top need on the Buffalo roster, but Howard represents a high-floor offensive weapon who also has the ceiling of an impact player."

• Pete Prisco, cbssports.com: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

Reasoning: "They have a major hole at corner with Stephon Gilmore leaving to sign with New England. This would be a walk-in-and-start corner who has star potential."

• Lance Zierlein, nfl.com: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

Reasoning: "The Bills could turn to a quarterback in this spot with Reddick -- their target -- off the board, but finding a receiver here is a logical choice."

• Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

Reasoning: "Could the Buffalo Bills go quarterback in Round 1 after restructuring the contract of Tyrod Taylor? I was told by a scouting source it is possible. I've also been told the team really likes Haason Reddick if he's available. With Reddick off the board, I'm going with Watson. He's a proven leader and winner, and he has the athleticism to run the Bills offense. He might not be ready Day 1 to take over for Taylor, but he's an upside player who, in the right scheme, can be a standout NFL quarterback."

• Dan Kadar, SB Nation: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

Reasoning: "I haven’t bought into the quarterback hype for Buffalo. Howard is one of the surest players in the draft this year and would give Tyrod Taylor an excellent option in the middle of the field.

• Chad Reuter, nfl.com: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Reasoning: "With Gareon Conley's legal issues causing his draft stock to teeter, Humphrey could become the beneficiary."

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