Buffalo Bills Mock Watch 4.0: Front-seven help higher need for Bills than QB?

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The Buffalo Bills watched potential prospects lift, run, pass, jump, and interview in Indianapolis last week. It’s not the most competitive event, but nonetheless, mock drafts will adjust.

With that, here’s a fourth look at national mock drafts and who they believe the Bills could draft with their two first-round picks at 21 and 22, respectively:

Todd McShay, ESPN

No. 21: DE Taven Bryan, Florida:

McShay: The big question for the Bills is: What’s the plan at QB? Will Buffalo package these two picks to go up to get a QB? Will the Bills sign one in free agency? Since we can’t project trades, I’ll go defense here. Buffalo needs help along the defensive line after trading DT Marcell Dareus last season, and Bryan would be a good fit. Bryan is an explosive 3-technique whose best football is still ahead of him. His workout confirmed what I saw on tape.

No. 22 (via Kansas City): CB Jaire Alexander: 

McShay: This could be one spot for Lamar Jackson. Otherwise, I think they go defense again. Secondary help is needed outside of Tre’Davious White and the recently signed Vontae Davis. Alexander missed half the season, but he’s a big-time cover corner. His combine workout — highlighted by a 4.38 40 — turned some heads.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

No. 21: WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

Miller: Courtland Sutton is a big (6’3 3/8 “, 218 lbs) receiver with enough speed to separate vertically and the jump-ball ability to dominate in the red zone. Given the free-agency status of Jordan Matthews and ongoing development of Zay Jones, Sutton could slide right into the lineup opposite Kelvin Benjamin and give whomever is playing quarterback two large targets to push the ball to.

There is also the possibility that the Bills will package picks Nos. 21 and 22 in an effort to move up for a quarterback. That’s something everyone will be monitoring as we get closer to the draft.

No. 22 (via Kansas City): C James Daniels, Iowa:

Miller: James Daniels is a special center prospect with excellent movement skills and NFL-ready technique. The Iowa product is as ready as offensive linemen come to play in the NFL and can immediately take over the open center spot in Buffalo.

Daniels’ ability to get to the second level in the run game and his smooth pass protection will be a great fit in the Buffalo offense. He’s one of the more athletic center prospects to come out of college in quite some time, which shows in his game tape. This isn’t a workout-warrior type who can’t play tough and with technique. Daniels is Pro Bowl-ready right out of the gate.

Will Brinson, CBS Sports

No. 21: DE Taven Bryan, Florida

Brinson: The Bills have a lot of options with back-to-back picks, but here grab a high-motor defensive lineman who has drawn some J.J. Watt comparisons.

No. 22 (via Kansas City): CB Mike Hughes, UCF:

Brinson: Even though they landed Vontae Davis, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bills grab another cornerback in this draft and continue to stockpile defensive talent under Sean McDermott.

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

No. 21: QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Palazzolo: Buffalo is searching for their quarterback of the future and with two first-round picks, they can afford to take a flier on Rudolph, who fluctuates between high-end and mid-round in his play. He can get the ball down the field, as he has been one of the most productive deep throwers in the nation the last three years. Rudolph still has room to improve his accuracy in the short game, but he has great feel for throwing outside the numbers on deep outs and comebacks.

No. 22 (via Kansas City): TE Dallas Goedert

Palazzolo: The first weapon for Rudolph, Goedert can do it all at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds. His catch radius allows him to make spectacular grabs and he’s an impressive athlete after the catch, as he averaged 8.2 YAC/reception last season. Goedert can win at every level while adding a lethal red-zone threat for Rudolph and the Bills’ offense.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com

No. 21: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Jeremiah: Evans is an explosive, playmaking linebacker capable of covering backs and tight ends.

No. 22 (via Kansas City): QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Jeremiah: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills packaged some picks to move up for one of the other quarterbacks, but if they sit still, I could see them building an offense around Jackson’s skill set.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports 

No. 21: QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Trapasso: If Rudolph gets past Miami, Baltimore and Los Angeles, he should be there for the Bills at No. 21 overall. They can’t pass on him. He’s an experienced pocket passer with nice downfield touch and some mobility.

No. 22 (via Kansas City): DT Vita Vea, Washington

Trapasso: Vea will be an instant-impact run defender the moment he steps on the field in an NFL game. He also has high-level athleticism and an impressive arsenal of pass-rushing moves. He’ll be the foundation of the Bills’ defensive line renovation.


Florida DL Taven Bryan — USA Today photo



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