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 second mock draft roundup of 2017:
Reasoning: "The departure of Stephon Gilmore makes cornerback a much bigger need for Buffalo, but with Florida's Teez Tabor running a bad 40 at the combine (4.62) and Washington's Sidney Jones injuring his left leg at his pro day, there's less top-end talent at that position than originally expected. Davis has yet to run the 40-yard dash (he's nursing an ankle injury), but I expect him to be in the 4.4s based on his tape. He also has great size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and ball skills."
Reasoning: "After losing Robert Woods to the Rams in free agency, the Bills have a clear need at receiver. And if Williams falls to No. 10, Buffalo would be getting a guy with a much higher ceiling than Woods, not to mention another Clemson wideout to go alongside Sammy Watkins. Williams' pro day moved him back to being my top-ranked receiver. His 40-yard dash was the question, and he ran right around 4.50, which is what he needed. Production wasn't the issue -- Williams (6-4, 218) had 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. Quarterback could still be in play here too, with the Bills committing to Tyrod Taylor with limited guaranteed money."
Reasoning: "Buffalo lost Stephon Gilmore to New England and, as of March 22, still needs a replacement for him atop the depth chart. Lattimore comes with a history of hamstring injuries, but he is a physically assertive cornerback ready-made for NFL success."
Reasoning: "The Bills have a WR1 in Watkins but they could use a "bully" on the edge to take advantage of smaller corners."
Reasoning: "Conley is a rock-solid football player on tape and his combine workout was outstanding."
Reasoning: "Tyrod Taylor's back in the fold, so finding him dependable targets becomes a high priority."
Reasoning: "The Bills keep Tyrod Taylor and draft a quarterback later (see Pick No. 31)." Note: Casserly has the Bills trading up to the 31st overall pick with the Atlanta Falcons and drafting Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Reasoning: "Extending Tyrod Taylor accomplished one big goal but for the Bills' offense to take the next step more weapons are needed. After spectacular performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Howard is gaining traction as the top pass-catcher in this draft. His strength and experience as an inline blocker would also complement Buffalo's commitment to the running game."
Reasoning: "The Corey Brown signing helps depth, but Sammy Watkins needs a sidekick and Davis offers the size, athleticism and receiving traits to make an immediate impact."
Reasoning: "He has some shoulder issues that might drop him down from the top of this draft. But he is a talented player who will be a disruptive player."
Reasoning: "The Bills have some nice weapons on offense, but what better way to improve the passing attack for the newly re-signed (re-worked?) Tyrod Taylor than by pairing Sammy Watkins with a massive possession receiver in Mike Williams. When in doubt, put as many receivers from Clemson on the field as possible."
Reasoning: "We had Washington speedster John Ross here last week, but Davis is the more complete receiver. With Sammy Watkins still dealing with his foot issues, zeroing in on someone that combines size and speed makes more sense than taking a pure burner, especially given Ross' injury history."
Reasoning: "With Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods, and Justin Hunter gone via free agency, the Bills need a big-bodied threat opposite Sammy Watkins and get one from the same collegiate pipeline that brought them Watkins. Williams gives Tyrod Taylor a playmaker in the red zone — he was one of country’s most dangerous receivers in the air on closely contested throws — and a reliable target on third downs."
Reasoning: "After Mike Williams ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at Clemson's Pro Day, he has a strong chance to be the first wide receiver off the board. Alabama tight end O.J. Howard could be in play here, but he may be long gone by the time the Bills are on the clock. Williams would provide the Bills with a legitimate threat opposite Sammy Watkins, something this offense desperately needs. Andre Holmes is currently the No. 2 wide receiver. Williams could start from day one, and his physicality in the red zone would be a huge help to Tyrod Taylor."
Reasoning: "Had the Bills stayed at 10th overall in this mock draft, I think Clemson WR Mike Williams, Western Michigan WR Corey Davis, and Alabama TE O.J. Howard would all have been in play. However, with an opportunity to add another significant selection that can impact the roster this season is too good of an opportunity to pass up. With this selection, it came down to David Njoku and Washington WR John Ross. I ended up going with the 6-foot-4, 246-pound Njoku for the Bills because of multiple reasons that make him a logical selection. First, on the free agent market this offseason, the Bills were reportedly interested in multiple 'move' tight ends, that offer quite a bit from an athletic perspective -- something that Njoku provides to an offense. He also offers versatility, or as Sean McDermott terms it, "positional flexibility." Njoku can line up attached to the offensive line, or out wide. He would provide Tyrod Taylor with a mismatch of a target, especially if they have both Charles Clay and him on the field. Third, you have to look at the value of the draft this year, and at the other positions the Bills might be looking at with this pick (wide receiver, cornerback, safety), starters can be found in the second and third rounds. Now with an additional second round pick, that gives them that much more clearance to take a player that has potential to become one of the best in the league at his position. It all makes sense, and with what we've come to know from the new Bills head coach, Njoku crosses off a lot of boxes here."
Reasoning: "Lattimore could go anywhere from No. 2 to 15 in this draft, and I think Buffalo is a sweet spot at 10. The loss of Stephon Gilmore opens a need at the cornerback spot, and Lattimore could be the perfect battery mate with Ronald Darby. A 6-foot uber-athlete who can do it all, Lattimore overcame hamstring issues to win the starting job in 2016 and excel, earning All-Big Ten honors."
Reasoning: "With CB Stephon Gilmore moving on in free agency, the cornerback position becomes an even bigger need for the Bills. Tabor didn’t have a great combine, but he’s one of the best playmakers in the class at cornerback. He recorded a pass breakup or an interception on 26.5 percent of his targets—best in the class—and can make plays whether playing in press or off coverage."
Reasoning: "By retaining Tyrod Taylor, that should mean the Bills don’t take a quarterback with this pick. Instead, they can take a player like Williams who will be a nice vertical threat for Taylor.
Reasoning: "Every year, there’s a high pick that stuns people. How’s this working for you in that regard? On the surface, it feels like a terribly rich move for luxury. LeSean McCoy is still breathing, yeah? Well, for one, the Bills are said to love Kamara, more so than Dalvin Cook and other name backs in this class. Two, it appears they’re going all in on the Titans-ish formula of building an offense around the run game. Retro, baby. Kamara will go higher than many expect. A few teams out there really love him. And with McCoy turning 30 prior to the start of the 2018 season — and about to hit the 2,500-touch mark where many backs start to fall off — this pick would not stun us."
Reasoning: "Surprise. The NFL likes Kamara more than those of us on the outside. The running game will be critical for the Bills success, as it was last season. I love LeSean McCoy. Love. But some have suggested he is an awkward fit in the new running scheme."