I've slotted a quarterback to the Bills for a while, but that was under the assumption that Tyrod Taylor wouldn't return to the team. Things have obviously changed, so Buffalo will have to go in another direction.
So, if this pick isn't a quarterback, what will the Bills do? My guess is that Mike Williams becomes the top option. Buffalo has nothing at receiver outside of Sammy Watkins, who has trouble staying healthy. Williams is a stud. He dominated the national championship, and he has drawn comparisons to Andre Johnson. The Titans and Buccaneers have strong interest in Mike Williams, but he won't make it to their picks (Tennessee's No. 18; not No. 5).
Rd. 2, Pk. 12
Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore to the Patriots. I imagine their fans are already imagining worst-case scenarios. Buffalo needs a cornerback to replace Gilmore.
Pick change; previously Fabian Moreau, CB
Rd. 3, Pk. 11
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
The Bills have tried to sign some tight ends in free agency, so perhaps that's a direction they plan on going early in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 5, Pk. 12
Leon McQuay, S, USC
The Bills signed Micah Hyde, but they could still stand to add another safety into the mix.
Rd. 5, Pk. 27
Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
The Bills will probably need more than one cornerback to fill the void that Stephon Gilmore's departure has created.
The Bills badly need a wide receiver upgrade across from Sammy Watkins. Here's a good fit. <br> <br>
In 2016, Williams hauled in 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was an impressive return to college football after missing most of 2015 due to injury. In that season's opener, Williams fractured his neck when he ran into the goalpost while catching a touchdown. That ended his year. <br> <br>
With Sammy Watkins in the NFL, Williams took over as Clemson's lead receiver in 2014 and caught 57 passes for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns. In his freshman season, he had 20 catches for 316 yards and three scores. <br> <br>
Williams is a dynamic big receiver who is tremendous at using his size and leaping ability to make catches over defensive backs. He is a phenomenal red-zone weapon and is superb on back-shoulder sideline throws. While Williams made a lot of excellent leaping grabs, he does need to cut down on some dropped passes. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder had the potential to be the top wide receiver prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft as he has a real combination of size and speed.
1) Aaron Williams neck injury is unfortunate. He's an NFL talent that should have quite a few years left of play. But, it's possible he doesn't recover from this in time for next season. He may even consider retirement at just 26 years old. The Bills may have to find a replacement, and Malik Hooker happens to still be on the board in this mock.
2) It's undeniable the Bills want to move on from Tyrod Taylor. It's even part of the reason Rex Ryan got fired. Plus, cutting him as a June 1st cut saves the Bills $12 million. Reports state they are asking him to stay on a reduced contract, but I think even Taylor is ready to move on because of the cold shoulder they've given him. So, this creates a need at quarterback.
3) Deshaun Watson gets mocked all over the place from draft evaluators. You see him anywhere between the 1st and 45th pick. But, I think new head coach Sean McDermott will see Watson as his Cam Newton. Cam was more polished coming out of college, but Watson has both the playmaking ability and leadership qualities. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has to create game plans to help him succeed as Scott Linehan did for Dak Prescott. Watson did just defeat college football's best NFL type defenses back to back in Ohio State and Alabama. He's got the heart of a champion. Tyrod Taylor is efficient, but he's not going to take over games to get the Bills past the Patriots in the AFC East. It will take a lot of development to get Watson to that level, but he has the ceiling Taylor doesn't have.
Buffalo appears to be running Tyrod Taylor out of town. That will leave a big hole at quarterback, and the Bills could be targeting a replacement in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
Of the quarterback prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft, Kizer has the best skill set. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has a strong arm that can make all the throws for the NFL. He has also flashed superb accuracy and an ability to make accurate touch passes downfield to beat good coverage in tight windows. Kizer can also make beautiful passes in the face of a pass rush. Additionally, he has the mobility to buy time for his receivers, bail out his offensive line, and pick up yards with his feet. The big problem for Kizer is consistency as he is a streaky passer and player. He also had issues late in games with critical mistakes in crunch time. <br> <br>
In 2016, Kizer completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,925 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for seven touchdowns. His completion percentage was thrown off by playing a game in the midst of Hurricane Matthew. In 2015, Kizer completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,884 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He picked up 520 yards with 10 scores on the ground.<br> <br>
You could make an argument for CB at this point but I think the Bills can get by waiting in the later rounds to pick up a CB. I don’t get why Tyrod Taylor is being run out of town (stupid Bills). Oh wait..yes I do: Doug Whaley. Reading the tea leaves the Bills GM Doug Whaley see’s EJ Manuel as the next Big Ben (rolls eyes)…so you know who is going to be the QB in Buffalo next year. That reminds me next time I meet Doug Whaley I need to know who he buys his pot from – because he is obviously high as a kite. How y’all doing #BillsMafia?
What is more of a dire position in Buffalo is the WR position. If it’s not bad enough Sammy Watkins is seemingly always dealing with some injury, the Bills have Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Justin Hunter, and Brandon Tate all entering free agency. Let me state that again for emphasis: FOUR STARTING WIDE RECEIEVERS COULD BE OFF THE BILLS TEAM BY FREE AGENCY – FOUR!!!?!?!?! It’s got to be DEFCON 1 in the Bills war room – full on desperation mode to draft WR bodies, cause if all four leave the roster that only leaves an oft injured Sammy Watkins as your starting WR depth - yikes! Thankfully, though in this mock draft Corey Davis is still available. And while possibility remains they could retain some of that talent listed above none of them are as good as or compliments Sammy Watkins like Corey Davis will.
Doug Whaley has added impressive pieces during his tenure, and I like them grabbing Micah Hyde in FA, and re-signing Tyrod Taylor. But it's so hard to know what the hell is going on with this team. I would like to still mock them Watson, but I'll go with a need here on defense. I have had Lattimore much further down the board since the beginning, because he is not my top rated corner, and he has major medical issues. I think the Bills will go with his upside here after losing Stephon Gilmore. I am not down on Lattimore at all, but he is just outside of a Top 10 player for me.
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