As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, The Buffalo News will keep you updated on what the media -- both locally and nationally -- is projecting to happen when the Bills make their first pick, at No. 10 overall.
Here is our first mock draft roundup of 2017:
Reasoning: "Davis is a complete receiver who would be an excellent complement to Sammy Watkins. His combination of route running, ball skills and toughness is outstanding."
Reasoning: "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. 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."
Reasoning: "It’s difficult to pass up a free safety with Hooker’s range as he may be the best pure free safety prospect to come into the NFL in a number of years. The Bills will find a spot for him, even with Aaron Williams and Corey Graham on the roster as Hooker is capable of playing center field with outstanding range and feel for the game. Tackling is an issue, as he missing one out of every 6.5 attempts (135th out of 242 qualifiers), but his range and playmaking ability make him a viable pick near the top of the draft."
Reasoning: "EJ Manuel? Free agent. Tyrod Taylor? Sounds like the Bills hope to move on from him instead of paying his $30 million-plus of guaranteed money for 2017. Cardale Jones? He might be the future of the team, but he was a fourth-rounder and showed during his last season at Ohio State that he'll need time to develop as an underneath passer. Jones isn't my bet to be Buffalo's starting quarterback in 2017. Watson could be. Watson is the most pro-ready of all the quarterbacks in this class. With his accuracy and mobility, he can carve up defenses. And Watson will know how to get the most out of former Clemson teammate Sammy Watkins at wide receiver."
Reasoning: "Whoever is playing quarterback in Buffalo will need more weapons than Tyrod Taylor had to work with in 2016. Davis is a polished route runner with reliable handles and a talent for making plays after the catch."
Reasoning: "The Tyrod Taylor situation in Buffalo will continue to play itself out the next few weeks, but if he's out of the picture then Watson becomes an intriguing option with this pick. Not sure this would be the right move, but it is definitely plausible."
Reasoning: "Hooker’s elite ball skills have earned him a first-round grade and comparisons to the great Ed Reed. What more is there to consider?"
Reasoning: "No team was more dependent on running the football in 2016 than the Bills, who led the NFL with 164.4 yards per game on the ground but ranked 30th in passing with just 189.8 yards through the air. With no less than five receivers currently slated for free agency, the Bills will likely be looking for replacements and could see reuniting the 6-3, 225-pound Williams with his former Clemson teammate Sammy Watkins as the perfect solution."
Reasoning: "If Tyrod Taylor’s not back, QB will obviously be in play here, as well as WR. Hooker isn’t as well-rounded as Adams, but he’s got a rare combination of athleticism, range and ball skills."
Reasoning: "New head coach Sean McDermott will be installing an aggressive 4-3 scheme — a switch from Rex Ryan’s traditional 3-4 defense. McDermott’s success in Carolina as defensive coordinator was predicated on an athletic group of linebackers. Two of those linebackers (Thomas Davis and Shaq Thompson) were converted college safeties. Sound familiar? Peppers, like Thompson, played every position under the Sun in college. The Heisman finalist was one of the best returners, weakside linebackers and safeties in the nation. They both also played running back."