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Resetting the Bills' needs heading into Day Three of the NFL Draft

Defense, defense, defense.

That's how the Buffalo Bills have approached the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.

With the final four rounds getting underway at noon Saturday, it's a good bet that the Bills turn their attention to the offensive side of the ball at some point. General Manager Doug Whaley said Friday that there is still a good chance the Bills will draft a quarterback, while another wide receiver may also make sense.

Here is a look at the top remaining players at some of the positions of need for the Bills:


• Connor Cook, Michigan State
• Brandon Allen, Arkansas
• Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
• Kevin Hogan, Stanford
• Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
• Cardale Jones, Ohio State
• Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky

Cook tumbling out of the first three rounds has become one of the biggest stories in the draft. It's doubtful he makes it to the Bills in the fourth round. The Bills have done extensive work on Hogan, Prescott and Jones. It wouldn't be a surprise if the team makes one of them their next draft pick. No matter who they decide on, it's time for the Bills to take a quarterback. The Patriots took one in the third round Friday night! At some point, Whaley needs to forget what his board says and take a shot on finding a quarterback. Ideally, he would do that every year.

Wide receivers

• Chris Moore, Cincinnati
• Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
• Jordan Payton, UCLA
• Charone Peake, Clemson
• Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
• Kenny Lawler, Cal
• Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State
• Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
• Kolby Listenbee, Texas Christian
• Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa
• Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan
• Tajae Sharpe, UMass
• Devon Cajuste, Stanford

There are still some talented players left on the board here. Cooper is more of a slot option. ... Peake has great measurables at 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds. ... Higgins put up huge numbers with the Rams and plays with supreme confidence. ... Listenbee is one of the draft's best deep-ball threats and should be able to stretch defenses as a rookie. ... Garrett led the FBS with 1,588 yards in 2015.

Offensiven linemen

• Christian Westerman, guard, Arizona State
• Vadal Alexander, guard, LSU
• Joe Dahl, guard, Washington State
• Connor McGovern, guard, Missouri
• Jerald Hawkins, tackle, LSU
• Darrell Greene, guard, San Diego State.
• Willie Beavers, tackle, Western Michigan
• Caleb Benenoch, tackle, UCLA
• Joe Haeg, tackle, North Dakota State
• Kyle Murphy, tackle, Stanford

There are still players available along the line who could push the Bills' starters on the right side (guard John Miller and whoever wins the tackle job among Cyrus Kouandjio, Jordan Mills and Seantrel Henderson). ... Westerman was thought to be a second- or third-round pick according to's scouting report. ... Alexander is a massive player (6-5, 326) who might benefit from slimming down some to improve his quickness. ... Dahl played left tackle in 2015, but will move inside at the next level.

Hawkins won a starting job on LSU's offensive line as a redshirt freshman – an impressive accomplishment with the talented Tigers. ... Beavers started 40 straight games for Western Michigan at left tackle, earning a spot on the All-MAC first team. ... Benenoch is the son of two Nigerian ministers. His mother thought she was signing him up for soccer at 9 years old after they moved to Katy, Texas. ... Haeg protected second overall draft pick Carson Wentz at North Dakota State. The Bills surely have a good scouting report on him with all the time they spent at the school.

Running backs

• Jordan Howard, Indiana
• Devontae Booker, Utah
• Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
• Paul Perkins, UCLA
• Alex Collins, Arkansas
• Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
• Jhurell Presley, New Mexico
• Kelvin Taylor, Florida
• Keith Marshall, Georgia
• Devon Johnson, Marshall
• Daniel Lasco, California

The Bills don't have to come out of the draft with a running back, since they have a dependable top three of LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee. It's possible they could push Gillislee for the No. 3 job if they were to draft one of the above players.

Howard transferred to Indiana after Alabama-Birmingham shut down its football program. ... Booker is a threat out of the backfield as a receiver, with 80 catches the past two seasons. ... Dixon put up massive numbers at Louisiana Tech, with 87 career touchdowns, including 26 as a senior. ... Perkins made the All-Pac 12 second team after gaining 1,343 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns in 2015. His dad and uncle played in the NFL.

Marshall's career at Georgia was submarined by injuries, but he ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at 219 pounds. That alone will open some eyes. ... Lasco won Cal's team MVP award in 2014 before fighting through injuries last season. He has special-teams value.


• D.J. White, Georgia Tech
• Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
• LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah
• Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
• Tavon Young, Temple
• Rashard Robinson, LSU
• Juston Burris, N.C. State
• Deirdre' Hall, Northern Iowa
• Eric Murray, Minnesota
• Ryan Smith, North Carolina Central
• Jonathan Jones, Auburn
• Maurice Canady, Virginia

Whaley has said that cornerback is a position he hopes to draft every year. The Bills lost both Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks at the position this offseason. Even though they did make a few low-level signings in free agency, it's possible they'd want to add to the position through the draft again.

White is a team captain and three-year starter with the Yellow Jackets. ... Miller ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash at the combine, meaning his speed is a big question for teams. ... Sims can play press coverage and had a good showing at the Shrine Bowl, improving his draft stock. ... Sanchez had 15 interceptions and 28 passes defensed the past three years. ... Robinson was accused of stealing from a teammate at LSU – Whaley has previously said he would not consider drafting a player who has done that.

Hall won the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015, switching back and forth between cornerback and safety. ... At 5-9, Jones projects as a slot corner.

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