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Top available players on Day Three of NFL Draft

The Buffalo Bills started the 2017 NFL Draft with seven selections.

After wheeling and dealing up and down the board, the Bills are scheduled to make six of those picks, three of which are scheduled to be made on Saturday, when the draft concludes with rounds four through seven.

The Bills have filled three needs with their first three picks -- LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White, ECU wide receiver Zay Jones and Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins.

The list of positions left to address would include linebacker, tight end, defensive line and safety, with quarterback as a possibility. Here are the players available at those positions, although it's a long wait from the first pick of the fourth round, which is held by Cleveland at 108th overall, to 163rd overall in the fifth round when the Bills are scheduled to pick. They also hold the 171st overall pick in the fifth round and No. 195 in the sixth round.

Quarterbacks

• Pittsburgh's Nathan Peterman -- Peterman started his college career at Tennessee before moving on to Pittsburgh for his final two years of eligibility.
• Tennessee's Josh Dobbs  -- The man who replaced Peterman has the intelligence to handle an NFL playbook -- he majored in aerospace engineering.
• Miami's Brad Kaaya -- A three-year starter in a pro-style system should attract a fair amount of interest.
• Ole Miss' Chad Kelly -- Where the St. Joe's graduate ends up will be one of the most interesting storylines of the third day.

Tight ends

• Michigan's Jake Butt -- A torn ACL in the Wolverines' bowl game likely pushed Butt down draft boards, but some team could be getting a steal.
• Clemson's Jordan Leggett -- At 6-foot-6, 258 pounds, Leggett has the frame NFL teams look for at the position.
• Arkansas' Jeremy Sprinkle -- He has a shoplifting charge against him before the Razorbacks' bowl game, which shows a lack of judgment, but looks to be a solid receiver who is developing as a blocker.
• Toledo's Michael Roberts -- With 16 touchdown catches in 2016, Roberts is a big-time threat in the red zone.

Linebackers

• Ohio's Blair Brown -- A tackles machine (128 last year) who is a bit undersized.
• Northwestern's Anthony Walker Jr. -- A third-team All-American in 2015, Walker's production slipped some in 2016.
• Kansas State's Elijah Lee -- A sideline-to-sideline player who made 110 tackles in 2016.
• Michigan State's Riley Bullough -- A team captain with the Spartans, he should contribute on special teams right away.

Safeties

• Alabama's Eddie Jackson -- He had six interceptions as a junior before breaking his leg as a senior.
• Clemson's Jadar Johnson -- A center-fielder type who needs to improve against the run.
• Colorado's Tedric Thompson -- Gave up completions on just 40.3 percent of passes in his area last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
• Louisville's Josh Harvey-Clemens -- At 6-foot-4, he could play some nickel linebacker, giving him the positional flexibility Bills coach Sean McDermott craves.

Defensive linemen

• Clemson's Carlos Watkins --  One of only four FBS defensive linemen with at least 40 combined pressures and 35 defensive stops in 2016, according to PFF.
• Iowa's Jaleel Johnson -- Interior pass rushers are valuable commodities, and Johnson is one of the best in the NFL.
• Notre Dame's Jarron Jones -- Rochester has faced questions about his work ethic, but has dominated at times.
• Toledo's Treyvon Hester -- Projects as a rotational member of a defensive line who is a run-stopper.

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