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Mock draft roundup II: Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche a popular pick for the Bills in recent weeks

Senior Bowl week is unofficially the start of draft season.

With that in mind, here is a roundup of the latest mock drafts put together by select members of the local and national media. As the draft gets closer, we'll add more to the list – starting with the newest ones first – from both traditional media outlets and websites devoted exclusively to such content. Click on the author's name (or outlet) for the their complete draft mock draft:

Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune (updated Jan. 27): Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss.

Brown's take: "Rex Ryan clearly doesn't shy away from talent – Nkemdiche has plenty – regardless of off-the-field issues. Nkemdiche reminds me of a slightly less polished version of Leonard Williams, the Jets first round pick from a year ago. How he carries himself during the pre-draft process and reacts to the scrutiny from both teams and media will determine where he lands on draft weekend, but I don't expect him to fall out of the first round."

NESN.com (updated Jan. 27): Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss.

Explanation: None provided.

Peter Schrager, FOX Sports (updated Jan. 26): Darron Lee, LB, Ohio St.

Schrager's take: "Rex Ryan's defense in Buffalo this year has performed worse than Jim Schwartz's did the previous season. I'd be surprised if Mario Williams is back as a Bill next year, too, with his contract and production this season. Lee is small for an NFL linebacker (235 pounds), but flies all over the field and can rush the quarterback. Good fit for a Buffalo team that's still just a few pieces away from competing in the AFC East."

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (updated Jan. 25): Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama.

Rang's take: "Mario Williams proved a poor fit in Rex Ryan's scheme and the Bills are expected to release the former No. 1 overall selection in the offseason, creating a significant hole up front. Pro-ready and powerful, Reed could be the perfect replacement for a defensive line built around former Alabama star nose tackle Marcell Dareus."

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports (updated Jan. 25): A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama.

Burglar's take: "The vaunted Buffalo defense looked mediocre at times this season with many claiming that Rex Ryan's scheme was the issue. Robinson is a player who transcends scheme and would give Ryan a player who can play anywhere on the defensive line."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation (updated Jan. 25): Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss.

Kadar's take: "Nkemdiche is just too good of a talent to let slide far in the draft, and Rex Ryan has never shied away from taking on players with character issues. Nkemdiche could be a versatile piece along the defensive line, mainly playing five-technique with the quickness to move out at traditional end in a four-man front."

Lance Zierlein, nfl.com (updated Jan. 22): Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss.

Zierlein's take: "While the talent and the traits should dictate an earlier slotting for Nkemdiche, fears about his character could cause him to drop. Rex Ryan won't care."

Drafttek (updated Jan. 22): A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama.

Explanation: "We know fan fave Kyle Williams had a rough year due to injury, and that he vowed to return next year. He turns 33 on June 10th and he has a cap hit of $8M this season. Mario Williams is unlikely to be in the Bills' salary-cap scenario, either. The Bills need DL help to shore up their seive-like run defense, ranked 29th in 2015. A'Shawn Robinson would look pretty solid next to his fellow Crimson Tide teammate, Marcell Dareus. Robinson is a chameleon out there like his Alabama counterpart; he's a disruptor who is quick and aggressive when asked to penetrate, and a rock in the middle with a strong base that commands double-teams at the point of attack. I like his ability against the pass as much as the run, and like his football intelligence, a necessity in employing Rex's defensive system from the get-go."

Josh Norris, Rotoworld (updated Jan. 21): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson.

Norris' take: "We know all about what Lawson and Clemson’s defensive line did this year. Lawson produced a great matchup against Ronnie Stanley this season, winning on some occasions and losing on others. He has flashes speed, power and pass rushing awareness with a variety of moves.

Matthew Fairburn, Syracuse.com (updated Jan. 19): A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama.

Fairburn's take: "If the board falls like this, the Bills won't complain. There are plenty of players on the board who would help Rex Ryan upgrade his defense. Do the Bills want a tone-setting linebacker for the middle of their defense? Alabama's Reggie Ragland would vill that void. Do they want a down lineman capable of eating up blocks in the 3-4 defense? Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche or Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson could come right in and fill that role."

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com (updated Jan. 14): Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama.

Kiper's take: "Will there be a tandem under more pressure to see improvement out of a defense than the Ryan brothers in Buffalo? It's probably not close. Allen is a good get at this slot; he's a versatile D-lineman with the frame to win with quickness on occasion but also push the pocket from the interior. The Bills are going to need to retool on the D-line even beyond the draft, and Allen would be a solid addition."

Note: Allen announced that he's returning to Alabama after this mock draft was published.

Daniel Jeremiah, nfl.com (updated Jan. 17): Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama.

Jeremiah's take: "The Bills' defense was a major disappointment last fall and Reed is a plug-and-play guy."

Bucky Brooks, nfl.com (updated Jan. 17): Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.

Brooks' take: "Following a disappointing performance from the Bills' defense, Rex Ryan could turn to the draft to add a versatile defender with the potential to contribute as a run stopper or pass rusher from multiple spots."

Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated (updated Jan. 6): Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.

Burke's take: "Ogbah also remains undecided about his NFL future, although the expectation is that he'll turn pro. He is coming off a 12.5-sack, 16.5-tackles for loss year—his burst on the corner is about what you'd expect from someone with those numbers. Especially if Mario Williams is gone, the Bills will be looking for more pass-rushing pop."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report (updated Jan. 4): Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St.

Miller's take: "Head coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley will both be back in Buffalo next season, and one of the main focuses for the duo has to be addressing the offensive tackle position. Left tackle Cordy Glenn is talented, but he's also a free agent. Opposite him, Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio have played enough to prove they're not read to hold down a starting job long term. With huge question marks on the ends of the line, the Bills would be wise to use a first-rounder on a tackle. Taylor Decker plays left tackle at Ohio State, but he has the tools to line up at either left or right tackle in the pros. He's long, physical, powerful and well coached coming out of the Buckeyes offense. Decker, unlike Henderson or Kouandjio, is read to step in right away in Greg Roman's offense."

Todd McShay, ESPN.com (updated Dec. 16): Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio St.

McShay's take: "There's a clear top tier of offensive tackles this year (Tunsil, Stanley, Conklin and Decker) and then a big drop-off after that, so I don't expect the fourth guy to last too long. At 6-7, 320 pounds, Decker has long arms and above-average feet for his size. NFL teams should like his toughness, while his inconsistent pad level and hand placement continue to be areas for improvement."

 

 

Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports (updated Dec. 3): Su’a Cravens, S/LB, Southern Cal.

Edholm's take: "This is my riskiest pick and projection. I remembered reading Rex Ryan’s comments about Troy Polamalu when he retired, and it made me think Ryan would love a chess piece such as Cravens. Ryan on Polamalu: “He is such an unusual guy and a unique player on how he moves around … his timing, it was as good as anybody's.” Although they’re different, Cravens has some of that too, and his skills could project him into a weakside linebacker/nickel safety/Gronk buster role that might work. Again, I am not married to this pick but enjoy the idea of mulling it over some."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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