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Here are our grades for the Bills' 2017 draft picks, now add yours

By now, you're aware most national analysts liked what the Buffalo Bills did in the 2017 NFL Draft.

You also know that it's premature to draw any real conclusions about a team's draft class until three years after it's been chosen. But what fun is that?

The reality is, teams rely on rookies to contribute every year, and that will be especially true of the Bills come September. If their first three picks aren't Day One starters, it will be a disappointment. The two linebackers chosen on Day Three, meanwhile, should not only make the roster, but play key roles on special teams while possibly pushing to start. As for the quarterback chosen in the fifth round, he might not contribute on the field in 2017, but might ultimately be the key to the class.

Here are The Buffalo News' grades for each of the Bills' six selections in the draft. We invite you to offer your own, as well.

• Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU. First round, 27th overall: A-

White fills an immediate need in the starting lineup, but what really improves this grade is the trade down. Originally slated to pick 10th overall, the Bills acquired the Kansas City Chiefs' 2018 first-round pick, in addition to a third-rounder, to move down 17 spots. That 2018 first-rounder will be valuable to the Bills, no matter how they decide to do it. White was considered a late first-round, or early second-round pick, by every measure.

• Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina. Second round, 37th overall: B+

Like White, Jones fills an immediate need -- it would be a shock if he wasn't the Bills' No. 2 receiver in Week One. The Bills had to move up to get him, trading the 44th pick and the third-rounder they got from Kansas City (91st overall) to do it. Giving up a top-100 pick in a deep draft drops the overall grade down here, but Jones should be an adequate replacement for Robert Woods.

• Dion Dawkins, RT, Temple. Second round, 63rd overall: B-

Once again, another starter is good. The Bills did pay a decent price to get Dawkins, however, trading away a pair of fifth-round draft picks, along with No. 75 overall in the third round, to acquire him. That suggests a strong belief on the coaching staff's part that he can step into the starting lineup right away.

• Matt Milano, LB, Boston College. Fifth round, 163rd overall: C

With the pick that they acquired from the New England Patriots after declining to match the offer sheet to running back Mike Gillislee, the Bills grabbed a linebacker who was 209th in CBS Sports' pre-draft rankings and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had rated 292nd. That means Kiper did not consider Milano a draftable prospect. That puts this pick squarely in "wait and see" mode. It's a stretch to say Milano will challenge to start early in his career -- even if the only player ahead of him on the depth chart is Ramon Humber -- but his ability (and willingness) to play special teams should have him active on game days.

• Nathan Peterman, QB, Pitt. Fifth round, 171st overall: A

Sure, Peterman may never develop into the franchise quarterback Bills fans are longing for. But it's well worth it at No. 171 to give him a chance. The majority of draft analysts love this pick -- ESPN's Todd McShay had Peterman ranked as the fourth-best quarterback in the draft and his No. 69 prospect overall. He comes from a pro-style offense, has experience taking snaps under center and can say he hung five touchdowns on eventual national champion Clemson in a road victory. While scouting reports have mentioned arm strength as a concern, that's a long list of things to like for a player drafted in the fifth round. The Bills have been criticized for ignoring quarterbacks in the draft for far too long, so this pick is rock solid for many reasons.

• Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State. Sixth round, 195th overall: C+

This late in the draft is all about taking chances, whether that is on a player with character concerns or, like Vallejo, one who has struggled with injuries. You have to go back to the 2014 season to see Vallejo at his best. That year, as a sophomore, he had 100 tackles, including 16.5 for losses, and three sacks. His production dipped because of injuries the next two years, including when he played just nine games as a senior in 2016 before having season-ending wrist surgery. His ceiling is probably as a backup, which is to be expected in the sixth round.

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