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Mel Kiper's first mock draft: Bills take QB Deshaun Watson at No. 10

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr., has the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation figured out.

In his first mock draft of the year, Kiper has the Bills selecting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 10th overall choice.

Watson recently led the Tigers to a national-championship victory against Alabama.

If the Bills decide to move on from incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor, rather than pick up the option on his contract extension, Watson would figure to be one of the more viable replacements.

Kiper has North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky going second overall to the San Francisco 49ers.

There are many other questions as to how the Bills' offense will look next season, beginning with who will be in charge of it. The team has yet to hire a new offensive coordinator.

What is known is that new coach Sean McDermott was the defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, and their quarterback, Cam Newton, possesses some of the qualities that Watson has shown. Both run well and both can throw the ball effectively.

“I'm a believer in franchises with new head coaches starting fresh with new quarterbacks, and it appears likely the Bills move on from Tyrod Taylor after hiring Sean McDermott,” Kiper wrote on “That leaves Buffalo with a huge hole and a top-10 pick to fill it. I wrote last week that I didn't think Watson would get a post-title game draft bounce, but I've heard differently from people around the NFL.”

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