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Mock Draft Roundup 2.0: Players linked to Bills

Here is a roundup of the most recent mock drafts with each expert's picks for whom the Bills will select at No. 21 and No. 22.

Lance Zierlein,, at No. 21: Billy Price, C, Ohio State

“Price is a tremendously powerful drive blocker who can fill the void left by the injury to Eric Wood.”

Lance Zierlein,, at No. 22: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

“Evans has some injury concerns, but he's physical and fast. He can play inside or outside linebacker while also offering pass-rush help.”

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN, at No. 21: Mike Hughes, CB/KR, Central Florida

"Buffalo got a great rookie season out of first-round pick Tre'Davious White, but there's a hole on the other side because E.J. Gaines is a free agent. The Bills could bring back Gaines, but they could also target another corner on Day 1. The arrow is pointing way up on Hughes, who emerged as a shutdown corner in 2017. He could also help on special teams as a returner."

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN, at No. 22: Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan

"Hurst is a 3-technique penetrator who gets into the backfield and gets after quarterbacks. He's a perfect fit for a 4-3 team, and the Bills need pass-rushers. They had only 27 sacks in 2017, which ranked 29th in the league. Buffalo is a team to watch for the second tier of quarterbacks because Tyrod Taylor's future is up in the air."

Michigan's Hurst would be uber fit for Bills' D-line

Bryan Fischer,, at No. 21: Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan

“After trading away Marcell Dareus last year, the Bills will no doubt be on the hunt for a replacement in the draft. Hurst will be another big body in the middle of the defense but his ability to get up field with such explosiveness will really set him apart and make him an impact player early on.”

Bryan Fischer,, at No. 22: Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

“The Bills landed this pick from Kansas City, who used their pick last year to select a raw but super talented quarterback to be the future of the franchise. Fittingly, the Bills do the same in landing Allen, who certainly needs to work on his accuracy but has all the physical tools to be the guy under center in 2019 and beyond.”

Kyle Crabbs,, at No. 21: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

“The Bills’ run defense was in sorry shape throughout the 2017 season. Buffalo is poised to make significant upgrades to the roster in Sean McDermott’s second year, addressing the defensive interior should be priority 1-B behind finding a quarterback.”

Kyle Crabbs,, at No. 22: Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

“There’s no quarterback available for Buffalo that warrants consideration here. The Bills must adjust, and Evans is hardly a bad consolation prize. Fast, athletic and physical, Evans can be McDermott’s newest Luke Kuechly up north in Buffalo.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report, at No. 21: Billy Price, C, Ohio State

“He's a mauler in the run game and has the quickness to get outside the tackle box whether he's pulling to the edge or rushing up the field to take on linebackers. Price has all the tools NFL teams want in a starting center and requires little polish to become a Pro Bowl-caliber player.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report, at No. 22: Rashaan Evans, DT, Alabama

“Assuming for now that the quarterback spot is filled in free agency, the Bills can use pick No. 22 to get the athletic middle linebacker Sean McDermott needs to run his scheme. Evans has the agility and quickness to run alleys and get outside the hashes to make plays. And while he's not exactly Luke Kuechly, he is good enough to fill the hole at MIKE linebacker and be a three-down player for Buffalo.”

Eric Galko,, at No. 2 after trade with New York Giants, Josh Rosen, UCLA.

A year ago, the Bills were considering moving up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Their new management and coaching staff in place this year could look for a similar move for Josh Rosen, a quarterback in whom they have shown substantial interest. Both of their first-round picks this year and a 2019 early round pick should be enough, and the Giants can move back and remain in win-now mode.

Nick Klopsis, Newsday, at No. 21: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

“Hurst is a little on the smaller side at 6-2, 282 pounds, but his style of play is very reminiscent of Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins, two other undersized pass-rushing defensive tackles. He has an excellent first step off the ball and explodes into the backfield. He could slot in at three-technique tackle alongside one-technique Adolphus Washington.”

Nick Klopsis, Newsday, at No. 22: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas

“Preston Brown and Ramon Humber will be free agents, so they may need another linebacker. Jefferson has a great mix of size (6-3, 240) and athleticism, and he can play outside or inside. He still could use some development, particularly when diagnosing plays and taking on blockers, but the defensive-minded McDermott could help tap into his great upside.”

Ben Standing,, at No. 21: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

“Trading away Marcel Dareus created a need at defensive tackle for the Bills, who could also target a cornerback or linebacker in the early rounds.”

Ben Standig,, at No. 22: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

"Though he didn't bookend his Heisman season with another trophy, Jackson reminded all he is a true playmaker. Whether he fits into all offensive systems or if coaches are willing to alter their schemes to fit his skill set are among the questions."

Todd McShay,, at No. 21: Rashaan Evans, DT, Alabama

“The big question for the Bills is what they're doing at QB. Will they package this pick and No. 22 to move up for one? Buffalo missed on LB Reggie Ragland (second rounder, 2016, traded to KC), but I think they go back to the well here. Evans is much more athletic than Ragland and really came on strong during the 2017 season for Alabama. He has great range in coverage and can play the run."

Todd McShay,, at No. 22: Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

"Payne's sack numbers are underwhelming, but he's a disruptive interior player. Just turn on the national championship game film; he seemed like he was in the backfield most plays. I believe he can be an every-down defensive lineman in the NFL and get pressure on QBs frequently. He's also a playmaking run defender."

Pete Prisco,, at No. 21: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Is this too high? Maybe to some, but he is a guy league scouts like more than draft analysts. The Bills have to try to get a franchise passer if they don't want Tyrod Taylor.

Pete Prisco,, at No. 22: Billy Price, C, Ohio State

“With the retirement of center Eric Wood, they have to get a replacement and Price is the best of this year's group. He could also play guard if needed.”

John Harris, Washington Post, at No. 21, Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

"I don’t imagine Allen will make it to number 21, but if he does, the Bills can hang on to their next pick and still get the quarterback they desire. Allen is as gifted as any draft prospect over the past decade. He has a cannon arm, movement skills, but wild, scattershot accuracy and ball placement.”

John Harris, Washington Post, at No. 22, Billy Price, C, Ohio State

"If there’s a player in this draft that would fit Buffalo hand in glove, it’s Price. He played one year at center, but was an outstanding interior offensive lineman for the Buckeyes. The Bills conclude their first round picks with the quarterback-center battery they’ll have for the next decade plus."

Walter Cerepinsky,, at No. 21, Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

“The Bills traded for Kelvin Benjamin during the season and spent a second-round pick on Zay Jones last spring, but with Jordan Matthews failing, they'll be in the market for another receiver. Some will question why Buffalo isn't selecting a quarterback at this juncture. I believe this is something the team will address prior to the 2018 NFL Draft. I could see the Bills throwing multiple draft picks at Philadelphia for Nick Foles.”

Walter Cerepinsky,, at No. 22, Donte Jackson, CB, LSU

“The Bills traded Ronald Darby to the Eagles this offseason after losing Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots. They'll need to obtain another cornerback if E.J. Gaines, an impending free agent, heads for the open market.”

Luke Easterling, for USA TODAY, at No. 5 after trade with Denver, Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

“If the Broncos end up luring Kirk Cousins in free agency, look for them to try and bail out of this pick. They could find a willing partner in the Bills, who are loaded with early selections and desperately need a franchise quarterback to take their playoff-caliber roster to the next level. In return for both first-round picks the Bills have this year, a second-rounder this year and likely another pick in the 2019 draft, Buffalo finds the perfect leader for their mafia.”

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