Before we reveal the first 2018 NFL mock draft from The Buffalo News, here is a roundup of several other mock drafts that have been circulating.
All eight of the Bills' 2018 draft picks come in the first five rounds. That includes two picks in the first round — 21st and 22nd overall — and two in the second.
"The good thing is we have a lot of draft capital," GM Brandon Beane said when asked about potentially trading up to take a quarterback. "And we can stay there and pick, we can move up, we can move back. We can do a lot of different things. It’s so early in the process. I mean, we’ve seen these college guys on the field, but we have yet to meet any of them and to know who they are. You rank these guys [on] what you see on the film, but until you know them and know how they know the game and all that — talking about the quarterback position — there are so many layers of what it takes to play quarterback in this league. And we’ve talked about them, that we’re still a long way to go [in our evaluation]. So, it’s too early for me to answer what we would do, whether we would do it or not, but yes. We’ll go where we need to go to get the right players."
No. 21: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. Given that the Bills have back-to-back picks at 21 and 22, it's entirely possible they shoot up in the draft to grab a Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen. But if they stand pat, Mayfield is likely the best they can hope for to address the position if they move on from Tyrod Taylor during the offseason. Mayfield has an excellent arm, though he's far from a finished product and will likely go through some growing pains in Year 1.
No. 22: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. The Bills traded Marcell Dareus during the season and Kyle Williams is a free agent. That makes defensive tackle one of their major needs heading into the offseason. If the Bills aren't put off by Hurst's size, which comes in a little small for his position, expect him to be the pick here. He should be a scheme fit, and his quickness has the chance to overwhelm interior offensive linemen at the next level.
No. 21: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame. Buffalo is a strong contender to move up in the draft for a quarterback (packaging its two first-round picks this year and one more next year) with Josh Rosen in reach if the Giants want to move down. If the Bills stay put, look for them to build their offense further. McGlinchey is a plug-and-play starter at tackle or guard.
No. 22: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. After addressing their offensive line, the Bills could stand to add another young receiver. Kelvin Benjamin is a great No. 2 for the future, and Zay Jones is best in the slot over the long term. Sutton would help the Bills’ coaching staff create an offensive style similar to what the Panthers had when coach Sean McDermott was in Carolina.
No. 21: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. With the extra first-round pick, perhaps the Bills look at one of the Sooner state quarterback prospects. Mayfield's Heisman Trophy winning-season rocketed the mobile threat draft boards, but not all are in love with quarterbacks whose game may be best suited for gimmicky college offenses.
No. 22: Vita Vea, DT, Washington. Trading away Marcell Dareus created a need at defensive tackle for the Bills, who could also target a cornerback or linebacker in the early rounds.
No. 21: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU. The Bills traded Ronald Darby to the Eagles this offseason after losing Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots. They'll need to obtain another cornerback if E.J. Gaines, an impending free agent, heads for the open market.
No. 22: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU. The Bills need downfield receiving threats, despite trading for Kelvin Benjamin during the 2017 season. A talented receiver to go with Benjamin and Zay Jones could be a huge boon for whomever Buffalo obtains to be its next quarterback.
No. 21: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
No. 22: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
No. 21: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
No. 22: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame