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2018 NFL Draft - Mock Draft - Buffalo Bills Draft - Rankings

Top 5’s For October: DT

Mike Watkins





1.C.Wilkins, Clemson

2.D.Payne, Alabama

3.T.Thompson, Georgia

4.V.Vea, Washington

5.D.Jones, Ohio State




-I would consider it an above average class. There are a couple blue chips at the top and then some depth behind that with players that will fit varying defenses.

-A lot of people have moved Payen to the top of the board but I still think Wilkins should be considered the top overall DT prospect. Wilkins is a load to handle and is contantly penetrating into the backfield breaking up plays that don’t show up on his stat sheet

-V.Vea will likely be the top 3-4 NT off the board. He can control the point of attack and has the ideal size for it. The popularity of the position, Run Stuffing DT, should to start to increase with the resurgence of the RB position

-A player I like in the later rounds is Jerry Tillary. Tillery is a player who is where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there. He is sound in every facet of the game. Some have him as a day 3 player I have him as a second rounder. He’ll likely rise through the process

Top 5’s For October: DE

Mike Watkins




1.B.Chubb, NC State

2.A.Key, LSU

3.S.Hubbard, Ohio State

4.H.Landry, Boston College

5.D.Armstrong, Kansas




-I don’t know what it is with NC State DL but they have had a string of very talented ones that all have the same characteristic of a very hot or cold motor. Chubb is no different and it’s the reason why I think some hesitate to put him at number 1. When Chubb motor is running hot he is unblockable one on one and nearly unblockable with a double team.


-Key from LSU missed the beginning of the season so some of his early performances leave a little to be desired. He however keeps getting better and better and is almost back to his 2016 form. He reminds a lot of S.Rice. He has an array of pass rushing moves that he’ll use over the course of the game making him very difficult to handle


-A lot of people have dropped Hubbard but I still think he has a great skill set for Sundays and will be scheme fluid on the next level. You would like to see a little more production but he plays within the system and doesn’t go rouge as can be the case with DE’s hunting sacks


-A player I like in the later rounds is Jaylon Ferguson from Louisiana Tech. It may be short lived though because I could see Ferguson rising a lot in the predraft process. When you watch him he is a lot to handle and he is always around the ball. Its that relentlessness and his production that I think we’ll catch teams eye. His game also translates really well to Sundays

Top 5’s For October: IOL

 Mike Watkins




1.Q.Nelson, Notre Dame

2.B.Price, Ohio State

3.W.Hernandez, UTEP

4.S.Quessenberry, UCLA

5.B.Smith, Auburn




-Much the OT group the IOL group is deep and has multiple blue chip prospects. Nelson right now is the consensus number 1 but there are multiple prospects below him that could push him if they continue to have strong season. Nelson will draw a lot of comparisons to another former Notre Dame player, Zach Martin, and they are warranted. Nelson has been putting on a OG blocking clinic from week to week.


-There is a little more debate about whom the top Center is in the draft. I still like B.Price from Ohio State even though some have downgraded him from the beginning of the year. He reminds me a lot of Max Unger


-Later round player I like is Tim Parris from Stoney Brook. He’ll need some work and the level of play will obviously be an issue. The Senior Bowl will be very big in determining where Paris lands

Top 5’s For October: OT

Mike Watkins




1.M.McGlinchey, Notre Dame

2.T.Adams, Washington

3.M.Rankin, Mississippi St.

4.C.Williams, Texas

5.J.Jones, Ohio State




-This projects to be one of the deeper classes in this year’s draft. You could have anywhere from 5-7 OT’s go in the first round in 2018. It has been a bit of a down couple of drafts at the position so teams will be eager to jump on this bumper crop of talent


-The debate will not be too hot in season but once these kids declare expect there to be a ton of debate as to who is the top OT on the board. Honestly there could be multiple right answers as I have 4 of them projected to be franchise type LT’s.


-I have McGlinchey as the top player right now just slightly beating out Adams. I’ve seen every snap of McGlinchey College and he is a rock of consistency and likely would have been the top OT and top 10 pick last year had he declared. He’ll be a top 15 pick and I expect him to go top 10


-Bentley Spain from North Carolina is a player I like in the later rounds. He has caught my eye in a number of games and his physical measurable project well to Sunday. He needs to be coached up but I think there is a lot there to work with

Top 5’s For October: TE

Mike Watkins




1.M.Andrews, Oklahoma

2.H.Hurst, South Carolina

3.T.Fumagalli, Wisconsin

4.M.Gesicki, Penn State

5.C.Wilson, UCLA




-Average overall group in my opinion. I currently do not have a first round grade on any of the prospective TE’s in this class. There are some well rounded prospects but no one I would say will turn into a TE that a Sunday offense can lean on.


-Andrews is the player I have at the top as of right now. He is not going to blow anyone away athletically but he has a high football IQ and is the classic Zone Buster TE. I also have Andrews above Hurst due to the fact that Hurst will be a 25 year old rookie which is a bit odd and IMO devalues him


-A later round player I like is Ian Thomas from Indiana. He may have the best overall hands for a TE in the draft. He tracks the ball very well while its in the air and can make a play on it. The run blocking leaves a good amount to be desired but I believe that can be coached up

Top 5’s For October: WR

Mike Watkins




1. C.Kirk, Texas A&M

2. C.Ridley, Alabama

3. J.Washington, Oklahoma St

4. S.Cobbs Jr., Indiana

5. E.St.Brown, Notre Dame



-It’s shaping up to be one of the deeper positions in the upcoming draft but it lacks a J.Jones/AJ Green stud type WR at the top. Despite not being top heavy if the players declare who are expected to declare there will be quality WR being selected well into day 2


-I had Ridley and Washington 1 and 2 for awhile but the more I watch of Kirk the more I like him. Some teams will downgrade him due to his height but they will be making a mistake. He is basically Steve Smith V 2.0.


-St. Brown from Notre Dame is an interesting player. His state will not jump off the sheet and if teams scout him via that they will be making a mistake. Notre Dame QB’s are really nothing to write home about and they have one of the better ground games in college. Due to this St.Brown stats will really not due him justice.


-Late Rounder I like for the Bills is Anthony Miller from Memphis. Miller’s combine numbers won’t blow anyone’s doors off but he’s a crafty WR who knows how to get open. Teams looking for a slot WR to move the chains will gravitate towards him

Top 5’s For October: RB

Mike Watkins




1.S.Barkley, PSU

2.D.Guice, LSU

3.N.Chubb, Georgia

4.B.Love, Stanford

5.B.Scarborough, Alabama



-So its Barkley and then everyone else. He is clearly the top RB in the class and could easily be a top 5 pick in 2018. You would be hard pressed to find any hole in his game. He by all accounts will make it 3 years in a row that a RB goes in the top 5 as the position is having a resurgence on Sundays

-Coming after Barkley there is a mix match of skill sets in which teams will be looking to see who best fits their system. I have Scarborough a little bit higher than most but the potential there is tremendous. I expect Guice and Chubb to be battling to be second off the board after Barkley. I have early 2nd rounder’s on both

-Late round player that I like is Myles Gaskins from Washington. Gaskins has a lot of what I look for in RB’s. The first and foremost being balance. He plays and runs with a wide base and it aides in his lateral quickness. His physical size will keep his stock down but he’ll see the field early on Sundays due to his pass blocking ability

Top 5’s For October: QB

Mike Watkins




1. J.Allen, Wyoming

2. S.Darnold, USC

3. J.Rosen, UCLA

4. C.Thorson, Northwestern

5. W.Grier, West Virginia



-Every pass is way overanalyzed for each of these QB’s and its definitely making for some entertaining hot takes on Twitter. The reality is one play will not define any of these players. I love the debate that is going on however. It’s interesting to see what everyone looks for in a QB and how people latch on to their guy

-I have all of these guys graded pretty close especially the top 3. If they all declare you could legitimately see all 5 of them go in the first round.

-If you are looking for a Andrew Luck/Peyton Manning Type QB in this class you won’t find them. I actually think that’s where a lot of teams make mistakes and are afraid to pull the trigger. Generational QB’s like that are the clear cut number 1 pick only come around about every decade or so. If you are waiting for them and then compound it with being in the position to draft said QB you’ll be waiting a very long time. While there is no clear cut number 1 there will be a lot of good starters who emerge from this class

-Late Round Prospect I like is Jake Browning from Washington. He is going to get knocked down for his size and arm strength as well as inevitably draw comparisons to Matt Barkley. I think he’s a gamer though and if I was selecting a QB from the 3rd round on he’d be the one I bet on

Quarter of the way Bills Thoughts

Mike Watkins






-The strategy for the first quarter is pretty simple thus far, ball control and don’t turn it over. As long as the defense keeps playing at the level they are it going to be a good mix.


-Week in and week out the Bills add a couple new wrinkles but pretty much stay the course. In the games where McCoy cannot get going on the ground they incorporate him more in the passing game. This is a nice change of pace from the previous regimes. The more touches he has the better it will be for the offense


-Clay has emerged as the top target for Tyrod. The talent has always been there and now everyone is seeing how mind numbing it was to watch him the previous two years get so open so often only to have TT go in another direction.


-The Bills are getting pretty much next to nothing from their WR’s right now. This cannot continue for the entirety of the season. Eventually a team is going to choke of Clay and McCoy and the Bills WR will have to make plays.


-RT is a big problem right now. Mills needs to be put on the bench. Hopefully it can be resolved when Henderson gets back or if the Bills slide Dawkins over to RT when Glenn returns


-Saw flashes of it in the Atlanta game but I would expect more and more of it as the season goes on, and that Taylor hitting 20+ yard passes down the field. Taylor is still shaky in the middle of the field but has improved enough where the defenses have to at least respect it. That will open up his wheel house as a passer with the down the field throws


Looking ahead to the Draft On Offense:

-As it stands right now WR and RT would be very high on the priority list. If the Bills can resign Matthews a deep threat WR would make the most sense to go with him and Zay Jones

-A dark horse position would be RB. McCoy nor Tolbert is getting any younger. I wouldn’t expect the Bills to drop a first rounder on one but I would expect the consideration of using a day 2 pick on one





-The DL is finally back in its groove for the most part. As a Bills fan I’m a little irritated that the unit as a whole wasted away for two years in a scheme they had no business being in for the most part. It is what it is however and they are back to being an asset again


-The LB’s are not ideal but to this juncture so far they have been better than expected. Opposing offense still go after them in the passing game as much as possible but the Safety play has been so good to date that they end up covering up a lot of those mistakes.


-The secondary has been far and away the most impressive unit to date. It was expected to have a long learning curve but to date they have exceeded all expectations. To have 4 new starters and play to the level they are playing right now is a testament to both the coaching and the players commitment.


-Dareus needs to get going. He is in a defense that is a far better fit for him than the previous regimes. If the staff can get him back into form and performing then this side of the ball will reach an even higher level of dominance.


Looking ahead to the draft, Defense


-LB is the one that is obvious. The unit has held there own but to really maximize the scheme the Bills will have to add LB’s with better range and coverage skills moving forward.


-The DL is the second need. The Bills coaching staff and Front office would be wise to keep this area flush with talent both young and old. Its what makes this defense tick and has been the unit the bills have been able to hang their hat on



Quarter Draft Report

1.T.White: Home run thus far, He looks to be a perfect fit for the defense and the coaching style of McDermott. The fact that the Bills acquired a first and still were able to select him makes this pick even more of a home run


2.Z.Jones: Disappointment to date. Jones has had some brutal drops in the early going which is surprising considering his hands were considered his best asset. To me its more of a mental issue than a physical talent one. They just need to keep trying to feed him the ball in hopes that he breaks out of it


2.D.Dawkins: Had a shaky preseason but when the lights came on his play responded. He has had the normal lapses a rookie OL will have from time to time but overall he has been a solid addition to the OL


5.M.Milano: Very little impact thus far but will now get an opportunity with the Humber injury


5.N.Peterman: The most popular player in preseason has yet to see the field and to date there has been no reason to. I wouldn’t expect to see him this season at the current pace


6.T.Vallejo: Same as Milano, has yet to really see the field on defense so impact has been minimal to date




In general, the goal is to go 3-1 each quarter of the NFL season to land your team at 12-4 and in the playoffs. So currently the Bills are on a playoff pace and have done so by knocking off 2 playoff contenders. There is still a lot of room for improvement but at the very least the bills are going to be a difficult out for anyone week in and week out.

Watkins and Darby Trades

Mike Watkins



1.Beane Gets it: Over 17 years the one constant has been the lack of talent at the QB position. The previous GM's made some attempts to get a QB but often veered off course choosing instead to build up the roster around the QB to hide them. It's based off of one of the worst team building philosophies in the league, the "just do what the early 2000 Ravens and Bucs did" philosophy. This way of thinking and operating has caused numerous fan bases to have delusional expectations. It has also cost plenty of GM's their jobs. Beane seems to get the big picture, to break this playoff drought and get this team to where he wants to go he needs a franchise QB, he needs to draft one, and he needs to do it asap. Without hitting on that position he will have the same fate as his predecessors for the past 17 years. By all accounts this is shaping up to be a very good QB class and Beane and the Bills have aligned themselves to be a major player at the table in acquiring one 

2.Luxary: Sammy Watkins was by far and away my favorite player on the Bills. The bottom line however is elite WR's are not getting you to the playoffs. Paying elite WR's may actually hurt more than it helps. It rolls right back to the QB. If you have a franchise one you can make avg WR look like Good WR's and good WR's look like great WR's. Watkins is an elite talent on the field but the reality is it wouldn't have made a lot of sense to pay him what he is going to want.

3.Eye on the prize: I'm willing to bet Beane already has an idea of the QB he would like to pluck off the board next year. Personally I don't think it's Darnold, if I had to guess it's Josh Allen from Wyoming. He seems to fit into what the Bills would like to do

4.Darby Done: The Darby trade was a lot less surprising. He doesn't fit the system and by the reports from SI Peter King he wasn't exactly buying into the new regime. To get J.Matthews and a straight 3rd for him and pretty fair value and may even lean towards the Bills. He was very good his rookie year and then good his second year. So to get that type of return on a player trending possibly downward in a system he doesn't like or fit in was a good job by Beane.

5.Newbs: Of the two I like Matthews more than Gaines. Gaines is solid and a good fit but Matthews is a player I have liked ever since his days at Vanderbilt. He is an excellent route runner with good hands. He is a WR you can count on to put in the work and get better every day. He is the type of WR QB's love because you can count on him to be where he supposed to be when he's supposed to be there

6.Not Done: I don't think Beane is done dealing but I do think he is done for the preseason. In my opinion you will see the Bulls be active at the deadline in the middle of the season with players like McCoy and Ragland being mentioned as players who will be moved. Ragland just doesn't fit but he does have talent so I would be surprised to see them just drop him outright. Beane would be smart to wait on an injury to a LB on a 3-4 team and then offer him up. McCoy will be a little more tricky but to possible playoff teams like Seattle and the Colts looking for a jolt to get over the hump he would make sense. Given his contract and age the return on trade of McCoy would have to be kept in reality 

2017 Bills Draft Review and Grades

Mike Watkins



Round 1: T.White, CB, LSU: I consider this a good value in where the Bills were able to select White. I had him consistently going in the top 20 and either the 2nd or 3rd CB off the board. White has an impressive resume given that he started 47 games in the SEC on what has become one of if not the premier DB producing college. White give the Bills a very well rounded CB in that he is capable in both man and zone. The Bills did well here and selecting a player who will be a day one starter and solid player that should turn into a key cog moving forward

Grade: A

Round 2: Z.Jones, WR, East Carolina: Jones was one of the more predictable pics for the Bills in this draft. His college coach holds the same position with the Bills. There also happens to be a need for the position on the Bills. As far as the value goes he was selected right about where he would go. When it comes to Jones you have to ignore the stats, its easy to get caught up in them. He has a good set of hands and is a determined hard working route runner player. It’s a solid selection by the Bills who looks like he has all the traits teams look for in a number 2 WR

Grade: B+

Round 2: D.Dawkins, OT, Temple: The Bills I’m willing to bet picked Dawkins to compete at OT and not OG. If he fails there then I could see him being counted on to replace Incognito. Dawkins in any other draft would be a 4th rounder but due to the fact that the OL group is the thinnest its been in years moved him up the board. He has a chance to play right away given the hole at RT. I don’t mind Dawkins but I think its going to take a lot of coaching to make him a serviceable starting RT,

Grade: C+

Round 5: M.Milano, LB, Boston College: Milano is the hybrid LB/S that McDermott likes to use in various sets. He’s a tough kid and is always around the ball. In the games I watched him play in he is always around the ball. It was a logical selection for the Bills as they really do not have a LB with the skill set that Milano has on the roster right now. He will definitely contribute on Special teams early and will likely get a lot of chances to see the field in obvious passing situations

Grade: B-

Round 5: N.Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh: I’ll be honest Peterman is my favorite pick of this draft. He has a lot of what I look for in QB’s. He throws with anticipation, accuracy, and goes through his progressions. The Bills recently, and wrongly so in my opinion, have drited away from QB’s with these traits mainly due to the fact that they think they can be taught. I do not believe they can be taught and am finally glad the Bills have deviated from this practice. I’m not saying that Peterman is a franchise guy but I will say this, he’s going to start at some point and he’s going to surprise a lot of people when he does. Charles Clay will love him, because Peterman loves to blister the middle of the field and will make that deal look like a bargain. One final note, the lack of arm strength was way overblown and his anticipation skills more than make up for it

Grade: A

Round 6: T.Vallejo, LB, Boise State: Much like Milano Vallejo is a Hybrid LB/S. Due to that he actually has a great shot at making the roster as a 6th round pick. He takes very good angles to the ball and goes 100% every snap. At the very least the Bills locked in another special teamer who will make his impact felt immediately in that area.

Grade: C-

The Trade: Acquiring the Chiefs 2018 1st rounder: you can not properly grade this draft without including this trade. I for years have been a big proponent of always trying to acquire future 1st and 2nd rounders with any major move. The Bills were able to get the Chiefs to ship a 2018 first rounder in a move that sent them 17 spots south. This is an absolutely great move by the Bills and gives them a ton of options next year in both the trade market or the draft. This will be an important building block for a new coach and front office in a draft that could have up to 4 franchise QB candidates in it

Grade: A+

Overall Grade: B

The Bills put together what I would call a foundation draft. None of the players selected I don’t think will ever make an All Pro team. That’s aside, they did select a number of players that you can count on to show up everyday and twice on Sunday. They are players that enjoy the grind and want to be good at what they do. The roster overall lacks in this area. To many times over the past few years the roster shows up at different times and the consistency of putting it all together for stretches of games has been next to impossible. This draft takes a step in the direction of correcting that. 5 years from now it could be looked at as the first draft where the culture in Buffalo changed, hopefully for the better

Other Thoughts:

-Whaley: It’s pretty clear Whaley was not making the decisions in this draft. All the players deviate from what the Bills did under his tenure. From the type of player to the big move down it became clear early that McDermott was calling the shots. Whaley had an ok run and he will definitely land somewhere. His ultimate downfall though was not hitting on enough draft picks and the inability to find a franchise QB. The latter is what keeps GM’s long tenured. He in my opinion clearly didn’t know how to scout the position. Both his guys had the same strengths and issues, big strong armed QB’s with massive deficiencies in accuracy and reading defenses. Those types of QB’s just do not work out on Sundays. It also could not have helped that the teams most successful QB during his time was a Rex find and not his.

-Cardale: I honestly cannot see him making the roster under this staff. Peterman hasn’t taken an NFL practice snap yet and I would already put him ahead of Jones on the depth chart. If the Bills could get any type of pick for him, even a 2019 7th, Id pull the trigger

-LB: This position is going to be an issue, you can not fix everything in one offseason though so the Bills will have to roll with what they have. I expect them to follow the waiver wire closely and try and patch it together

2017 Buffalo Bills Draft Review - Grade A

by Anthony Macari

Bills were among the most active teams trading 3 times for each of their 3 picks so far. They come away with 3 picks in the top 2 rounds, still have 3 day 3 picks and pocket an extra number 1 for next year. 

They used those picks to add building blocks that fit the character and ability McDermott is looking for to change the culture in Buffalo. There are no super impact players added, but with 2 picks next year in what could be a solid QB class, the Bills focused more on adding building blocks for the future on day one and 2 than swinging for the fences.

However, on day 3, between 2 speedy if undersized LB's who could play critical roles in McDermott's Defense and will be special team's demons, they added a QB who has a chance to develop into a true NFL franchise QB. At the very least he will soon develop into a reliable back up.

If there was any doubt, the Sunday morning post draft firing of Doug Whaley and his entire scouting department, this was Coach McDermott's show. He was fearless throughout the process moving both up and down as needed to bring in HIS guys to lay the foundation for what he wants to do. 

Round 1 27(27) 

Tre'Davious White - CB - LSU


Height: 5112 Weight: 192 40: 4.47 Arms: 32 1/8 Hands 9 1/8

The Bills pulled off a stunning trade that saw them drop from 10 to 27 but coming away with a 3rd round (pick 91) and Kansas City's 1st round pick next year. That gives them ammo to put themselves in position to grab a QB in what is shaping up as a solid class next year. The trade down and grabbing White took full advantage of the depth of this draft class in the secondary. White is a perfect fit for what McDermott wants to do both on and off the filed. He is best suited to play in a zone based defense and has good instincts to track the ball in the air. He's a willing tackler but even he admits he can improve his technique. He's physical in press coverage. White was a 4 year starter in the SEC, team captain and a natural leader.

Round 2



Zay Jones - WR - East Carolina

Height: 6020 Weight: 201 40: 4.45 Arms: 32 1/2 Hands 9 

Like the player but not sure who they were competing with that they needed to move up so aggressively. Putting the trade aside, Jones is an instant upgrade, a player the Bills obviously coveted with great hands. He showed during the pre-draft process that he has the speed needed to separate at the NFL level. Another high character team leader in the mold Coach McD wants to use as a building blocks.

Round 2


Dion Dawkins - OL - Temple


Height: 6037 Weight: 314 40: 5.11 Arms: 35 Hands 9 7/8

The Bills plug a major need with a big nasty versatile O-Lineman. Again they were aggressive to move up, giving away (2) 5th rounders to swap their 3rd for the extra 2nd. However, unlike the trade up for Jones where other same tier talent would be available had they stayed put, Dawkins or an o-lineman in his tier was not making down tot he Bills 3rd round pick. McD obviously had a plan and targeted prospects he coveted in this draft. The Bills have a gaping hole that they filled with one of the few true o-line prospects who can develop into a 10 year starters sooner rather than later. Interesting was McD looked past a bar related arrest in Dawkins past.

Round 5



Matt Milano - LB - Boston College 
Height: 6004 Weight 223 40 4.67 Arms: 32 Hands 9 3/8

Milano is a perfect fit for what McDermott was looking for on Defense. The LB's currently on the Bills roster lack the speed, athleticism and coverage skills needed. Milano is another versatile player that can man multiple positions in a variety of sub packages and will initially make his mark on special teams, where he could make a Steve Tasker type impact. Likely to become a fan favorite for his passion and style.

Round 5


Nathan Peterman - QB - Pittsburgh


Height: 6024 Weight 226 40 4.82 Arms: 32 3/8 Hands 9 7/8

Peterman is a good fit for Dennison's offense because of his football IQ, accuracy, timing and pocket presence. He plays with great awareness and poise. Bill Walsh said if you want to evaluate a QB, look at his feet and Peterman has great footwork and balance. He has experience in multiple offenses including under center in a pro-style offense reading defenses and calling protections making him easily the most pro-ready QB in this class. He best trait is his ability to quickly work through his progression and correctly identify the open receiver. He only as average arm strength so he needs to be in the right system to reach his full potential but at worst, you are getting a solid back up QB. With an extra 1st next year, the 5th round investment in Peterman won't prevent them from grabbing a QB in the 1st next year and have Peterman compete or serve in a Frank Reich type role. However, I do think he has some traits that give him a chance of reaching his ceiling and does throw a crisp tight spiral which is equally critical to arm strength when throwing in the wind. He has an outside shot at reaching a Drew Brees type level in an offense like what Dennison and McDermott are designing in Buffalo because of his work ethic and intelligence. I would have given this an A in the 3rd round, round 5 is an absolute steal. He is the most likely to be this years Dak Prescott and perhaps even more. Read his full profile here: PFWR QB's

Round 5


Tanner Vallejo  - LB - Pittsburgh


Height: 6012 Weight 228 40 4.67 Arms: 30 1/2 Hands 9 5/8

Like Milano, Vallejo ads versatility, athleticism and coverage skills to the Bills line-backing core that the veterans lack. Also like Milano, he could have an instant impact on special teams, which is really what you want and need from day 3 picks if they are to make the roster. Vallejo had a great 2014 season at Boise, but has been limited by injury the past 2 seasons. If he can stay healthy, he could be a steal here, but at 6012, 228, he may not have the durability to survive in the NFL.

Final 2017 NFL Mock Draft

Mike Watkins



1.Browns: M.Garrett, DL, Texas A&M: I’m not saying he’s a lock but the Browns pretty much have to take him

2.49ers: J.Adams, S, LSU: They have one LSU Safety and I think they will add another. The Secondary is lacking talent across the board and Adams will fit nicely

3.Bears: M.Lattimore, CB, Ohio State: The Bears have been swinging and missing on a lot of CB’s and I think they will keep doing so until they hit. Lattimore has separated himself and I think the Bears finally hit

4.Jaguars: L.Fournette, RB, LSU: I have said this will be their selection since December. No reason to change it now

5.Titans: M.Hooker, S, Ohio State: I think they want Adams but Hooker will be a nice consolation prize

6.Jets: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama: They have nothing at the position and whatever young QB they toss out there Howard would be a nice asset

7.Chargers: F.Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky: Most will look at this as a reach but he’s the best OL in this draft and its not close. Keeping Rivers upright is the key to any Chargers success

8.Panthers: S.Thomas, DL, Panthers: I see a lot of McCaffrey here but I think the Panthers return to their roots and make the front 7 the identity of the team again

9.Bengals: J.Allen, DL, Alabama: Bengals tend to stay BPA and you can argue need here also

10.Bills: So realistically if it plays out like this I would expect the Bills to aggressively look to move down. The reality is they need more draft picks to fill out the roster. What they are looking for can be found in the teens and while adding some more selections.

Like I said in the previous mock id be more interested in Quanity over quality of picks. Making that move will not likely be easy given the fact of how deep the draft is. They do have some things working in their favor in that the Browns are two picks away and likely to take a QB. The Saints are likely to swipe a CB off the board so a team looking to hop them may be in play. So lets run down the positions

QB: I wouldn’t blame them if they did take a QB. The reality is you are spinning your wheels as a franchise until you feel you have the guy. I do not think they will be selecting one though. The visits to me were to try and get a team to move up ahead of them and push some players down. The QB class next year both from a possible FA standpoint and draft standpoint is looking to be so much better that the smart play would be to roll with Taylor and see what happens. Still if they do decide to pull the trigger I think it would be Trubisky.

RB: I just can not see them taking an RB. If they did I would think it would be McCaffrey and id be pretty happy with the player but not so much the position

TE: With Howard off the board I think this position because far less in play. Njoku would be a good fit for the Bills but I think he would be in the cluster of players they would look for after a move down.

OL: Again I don’t think there is a player worth taking at 10. An OT could be in play after a move down and it would be the logical position given the massive hole the Bills have at the position. Bolles seems to be the best fit for them to make an immediate impact

DL: Unless S.Thomas makes it down to 10 I can not seeing this being a serious consideration

LB: A guy like R.Foster would make a lot of sense but the issue is McDermott has made a lot of comments about character. Foster could not even keep it together for the 4 months before the draft. Are the Bills going to trust him to keep it together offseason after offseason? I tend to think not.

H.Reddick is an interesting name that has been linked to Buffalo. Reddick is definitely a playmaker but he is making a jump from DL to WLB and while the measurable say he should be able to do it, Its still a risk anytime you try and project a position change. I would like him better after a move down

So now it comes down to the 3 positions I think would make the most sense if they stay at 10. S, WR, CB all make a ton of sense for the Bills if they stay here.

CB: I’ll eliminate this position first. I think with the switch to a more zone heavy scheme it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Bills to take one in the top 10. Conley would be a nice fit but sans Lattimore getting down here I don’t think the Bills will really consider it

S: Adams or Hooker make it here and I imagine the Bills are sprinting up to the podium and I think those two are the big reason they went around the country making their presence known with all the top QB’s. I can not see either making it down here. Of the Safeties left to me Peppers would make the most sense given the emphasis on versatility. Still if S is what they want it would be smart to move down from here given the depth of the position.

WR: This would be where I think the Bills go if they decide to stay at 10. They really don not have anything across from Watkins and he has been injury plagued through his short career so far. In the previous draft I had them going with J.Ross. In that draft however C.Davis was already off the board. He however is still on the board in this version. If he is I think he will be the selection at 10. I have Williams and Davis in a virtual tie as for who the number 1 WR is. They both have had injury issues in the past. That said I think Davis would be the better overall fit across from Watkins and would give them 2 legit number 1’s and cause numerous problems for opposing teams and a safety net in case Watkins cannot stay healthy

11.Saints: T.White, CB, LSU

12.Browns: M.Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

13.Cardinals: M.Williams, WR, Clemson

14.Eagles: J.Ross, WR, Washington

15.Colts: R.Foster, LB, Alabama

16.Ravens: C.McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

17.Redskins: H.Reddick, LB, Temple

18.Titans: M.Humphrey, CB, Alabama

19.Buccanears: G.Bolles, OT, Utah

20. Broncos: R.Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

21.Lions: Z.Cunningham, LB, Vandy

22.Dolphins: T.McKinley, DE, UCLA

23.Giants: D.Njoku, TE, Miami

24.Raiders: K.King, CB, Washington

25.Texans: D.Watson, QB, Clemson

26.Seahawks: M.McDowell, DT, Michigan State

27.Chiefs: P.Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

28.Cowboys: J.Peppers, S, Michigan

29.Packers: A.Jackson, CB, USC

30.Steelers: TJ Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31.Falcons: Q.Wilson, CB, Florida

32.Saints: D.Barnett, DE, Tennessee

33.Browns: J.Davis, LB, Florida

34. 49ers: Z.Jones, WR, East Carolina

35.Jaguars: O.Melifonwu, S, UConn

36.Bears: D.Kizer, QB, Notre Dame

37.Rams: C.Robinson, OT, Alabama

38.Chargers: B.Baker, S, Washington

39.Jets: T.Charlton, DL, Michigan

40.Panthers: A.Kamara, RB, Tennessee

41.Bengals: D.Dawkins, OL, Temple

42.Saints: C.Samuel, WR/RB, Ohio State

43.Eagles: G.Conley, CB, Ohio State

44.Bills: M.Maye, S, Florida

-Again not an ideal situation for the Bills. Ideally they would want a LB or OT to fall to them here that is worthy of the spot. The consolation prize however is M.Maye from Florida. A Safety who is comfortable in both the free and strong spot and is always around the ball

Other Notes:

-As nearly everyone has said the Bills really need to add picks in this draft. They do currently have elite talent but it nose dives fast with the back end of the roster being very weak. They need to start to shore that up in this draft

-They are going to be tempted to reach for a OT but they should resist. Yes RT is a problem but it could become a bigger problem both there and through the roster if they start reaching for needs. Tyrod is mobile they will have to use that as well as Clay blocking ability to hide it

-Reddick is making more and more sense given how thin the position is. The Bills have to come out of this draft with at least one who could possibly start on day one and another one for depth. Yes they drafted Ragland last year but you are seeing with him the issue with drafting for scheme and why scheme fluid players hold more value.

2017 PFWR Final ADMARC Big Board

by Anthony D. Macari

  1. Myles Garrett                   DE         6-4, 272           Texas A&M
  2. Jamal Adams                  FS            6-0, 214          LSU
  3. Solomon Thomas            DE          6-3, 273          Stanford
  4. Malik Hooker                  FS            6-1, 205         Ohio State
  5. Jonathan Allen                 DE          6-3, 286          Alabama
  6. Reuben Foster                  LB            6-0, 229         Alabama
  7. Jabrill Peppers                SS           5-11, 213         Michigan
  8. Marshon Lattimore        CB          6-0, 193          Ohio State
  9. Leonard Fournette          RB           6-0, 240         LSU
  10. Derek Barnett                 DE          6-3, 260          Tennessee
  11. OJ Howard                       TE           6-6, 250          Alabama
  12. Corey Davis                    WR           6-3, 210          Western Michigan
  13. Mike Williams                WR          6-4, 218          Clemson
  14. Christian McCaffrey      RB           5-11, 202         Stanford
  15. Deshaun Watson            QB           6-3, 210         Clemson
  16. Gareon Conley                 CB           6-0, 195         Ohio State
  17. Zach Cunningham         LB            6-4, 234         Vanderbilt
  18. Jarrad Davis                    LB            6-1, 240         Florida
  19. Haason Reddick              OLB          6-2, 237         Temple
  20. Ryan Ramczyk                OT          6-6, 310          Wisconsin
  21. Dalvin Cook                     RB          5-11, 210         Florida State
  22. Mitchell Trubisky           QB           6-2, 222         North Carolina
  23. Marlon Humphrey         CB           6-1, 200         Alabama
  24. Takkarist McKinley         OLB         6-2, 250          UCLA
  25. John Ross                        WR         5-11, 188          Washington
  26. Cam Robinson                OT           6-6, 322          Alabama
  27. Pat Mahomes                   QB          6-2, 225          Texas Tech
  28. Charles Harris                 DE           6-3, 255          Missouri
  29. David Njoku                    TE           6-4, 245          Miami
  30. Budda Baker                    FS          5-10, 195          Washington
  31. Dan Feeney                     OG          6-4, 305          Indiana
  32. Chidobe Awuzie                CB           6-0, 202         Colorado
  33. Taco Charlton                    DE          6-6, 277           Michigan
  34. Teez Tabor                        CB          6-1, 200          Florida
  35. Obi Melifonwu                  FS           6-4, 224         UConn
  36. Garrett Bolles                   OT           6-5, 295          Utah
  37. Forrest Lamp                    OG           6-4, 310         Western Kentucky
  38. Carl Lawson                    DE           6-2, 255          Auburn
  39. TJ Watt                            OLB         6-5, 252          Wisconsin
  40. Evan Engram                     TE          6-3, 234         Mississippi
  41. Adoree Jackson               CB          5-11, 185          Southern California
  42. Zay Jones                           WR         6-2, 201          East Carolina
  43. JuJu Smith-Schuster     WR          6-2, 215          Southern California
  44. Malik McDowell              DT              6-5, 285            Michigan State
  45. Cooper Kupp                      WR          6-2, 205         Eastern Washington
  46. Tyus Bowser                    OLB        6-3 247          Houston
  47. Curtis Samuel                  WR         5-11, 196        Ohio State
  48. Tim Williams                    OLB        6-3, 244          Alabama
  49. Alvin Kamara                    RB         5-10, 214        Tennessee
  50. Fabian Moreau                  CB          6-1, 196            UCLA
  51. Nathan Peterman             QB             6-3, 226        Pittsburgh
  52. Josh Harvey-Clemons      FS             6-4  217         Louisville
  53. Derek Rivers                       DE          6-4, 250         Youngstown State
  54. Marcus Williams             FS           6-1, 202          Utah
  55. Dion Dawkins                    OG           6-4, 315         Temple
  56. Kevin King                          CB          6-3, 200          Washington
  57. Bucky Hodges                  TE           6-6, 257          Virginia Tech
  58. Carlos Watkins                   DT          6-2, 300         Clemson
  59. Tre’Davious White            CB          5-11, 192          LSU
  60. Dorian Johnson                OG           6-5, 300         Pittsburgh
  61. Caleb Brantley                  DT          6-3, 307         Florida
  62. Malachi Dupree                WR         6-2, 190          LSU
  63. Antonio Garcia                    OT          6-6, 302        Troy
  64. Cordrea Tankersly             CB          6-0, 195           Clemson
  65. Quincy Wilson                  CB          6-2, 211           Florida
  66. Sidney Jones                    CB           6-0, 186          Washington
  67. Taylor Moton                      OT         6-5, 320           Western Michigan
  68. Raekwon McMillan         LB          6-2, 240          Ohio State
  69. Brad Kaaya                       QB           6-4, 210           Miami
  70. DeShone Kizer                QB          6-4, 233         Notre Dame
  71. Joe Mixon                         RB          6-0, 225          Oklahoma
  72. Rod Johnson                    OT          6-7, 300          Florida State
  73. Ryan Anderson                  OLB         6-2, 255          Alabama
  74. Ethan Pocic                          C            6-5, 310          LSU
  75. Josh Jones                           FS           6-2, 220         North Carolina State
  76. Davis Webb                        QB          6-5, 230          California
  77. Adam Shaheen                   TE           6-7, 278          Ashland
  78. Tarell Basham                    DE          6-4, 260          Ohio
  79. Nico Siragusa                      OG         6-4, 315           San Diego State
  80. Jordan Willis                       DE          6-3, 250         Kansas State
  81. Chris Wormley                   DT         6-3, 305          Michigan
  82. Elijah Qualls                      NT          6-1, 313          Washington
  83. Marlon Mack                       RB          6-0, 213         South Florida
  84. Daeshon Hall          DE             6-6  264         Texas A&M
  85. Nazair Jones                      DT            6-5, 305         North Carolina
  86. Carlos Henderson             WR          5-11, 200        Louisiana Tech
  87. Dawaune Smoot                DE            6-3, 255         Illinois
  88. Montravius Adams            DT          6-4, 305          Auburn
  89. Jaleel Johnson         DT          6-2, 316           Iowa
  90. Dalvin Tomlinson             DT            6-3, 310         Alabama
  91. D’Onta Foreman               RB          6-0, 233         Texas
  92. Taywan Taylor                   WR         6-1, 190         W. Kentucky
  93. Jake Butt                             TE            6-6, 255          Michigan
  94. Marcus Maye                     FS            6-0, 210          Florida
  95. Amara Darboh                  WR           6-2, 214         Michigan
  96. Desmond King                  CB            5-11, 185       Iowa
  97. Cameron Sutton                 CB          5-11, 188         Tennessee
  98. Duke Riley                           LB          6-1, 232           LSU
  99. Gerald Everett                    TE           6-3, 240         South Alabama
  100. Amba Etta-Tawo           WR         6-2, 202         Syracuse

5 Senior Bowl Prospects I like for The Bills

Mike Watkins



1.Desmond King, CB/S, Iowa: King will be higher on some teams board than others. If you play a predominately man coverage scheme he doesn’t fit at CB and that team will likely view him more as S. I can see him playing well in at CB in a heavy Zone scheme but I still like him much better as a Safety. He in a lot of ways reminds me of for Bills and current Saints Safety J.Byrd. I expect him to go in the 2nd round and I expect him to either start off as a Safety or belaying there with in 2 years of being drafted

2.Duke Riley, LB, LSU: Riley is an interesting prospect. There is really only one year to go off of and while watching LSU he made a good amount of plays. He is a raw player overall but there is a lot to work with in terms of physical ability. Where he goes will depend a lot on his 40 time. He is rumored to be able to run a high 4.4. If he does that he will likely go Day 2. The farther away he gets from the that the farther down he will go

3.Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson: I’ve been a big fan of Watkins for a while(and not because we share the same last name). Every game I watched Watkins in he is constantly giving opposing teams OL’s fits. He never stops moving and plays hard every snap. I liken him a lot to current Bills DT K.Williams. While the Bills have good starters the depth is a little suspect right now. Adding Watkins to Washington could give the Bills a nice rotation in the middle

4.Davis Webb, QB, Cal: Webb to me represents a lot of what I want in a development QB prospect. He has good arm strength and decent accuracy. He needs work though in decision making department and the mechanics of working from under the Center. I am of the mind set that the Bills should keep selecting QB's until they hit on one. Davis will likely go late day 2 to middle of Day 3. It would be worth the investment even if it means carrying 4 QB's

5.Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington: Back in December I ranked Kupp as the number 4 WR in the draft, after the Senior Bowl I don’t see him moving from that position it also has allowed him to grab a lot of attention with the rave reviews of his performance. He is the classic Slot WR that is a starting position in todays NFL. Brandin Cooks from the Saints is who I think he compares the best to

2017 PFWR Big Board

2018 PFWR Rankings  
by Anthony Macari

1 ER Bradley Chubb
2 QB *Sam Darnold
3 QB *Josh Allen
4 QB Baker Mayfield
5 RB *Saquon Barkley
6 OG Quenton Nelson
7 LB Roquan Smith
8 S *Minkah Fitzpatrick
9 CB *Denzel Ward
10 LB Tremaine Edmunds
11 SS *Derwin James
12 DL *Vita Vea
13 LB Rashaan Evans
14 OL Mike McGlinchey
15 LB Leighton Vander Esch
16 OL Will Hernandez
18 QB *Josh Rosen
19 DL *DaRon Payne
20 CB *Jaire Alexander
21 WR *Calvin Ridley
22 OL *Connor Williams
23 DT Harrison Phillips
24 WR *Christian Kirk
25 RB *Derrius Guice
26 DE Marcus Davenport
27 CB Carlton Davis
28 WR *Courtland Sutton
29 CB Mike Hughes
30 OL James Daniels
31 RB *Ronald Jones
32 QB *Lamar Jackson
33 CB Josh Jackson
34 RB Sony Michel
35 TE Dallas Goedert
36 DL Maurice Hurst
37 ER Harold Landry
38 DT Taven Bryan
39 LB *Malik Jefferson
40 DL *Dorance Armstrong
41 S *Ronnie Harrison
42 OL Martinas Rankin
43 OL *Mitch Hyatt
44 WR James Washington
45 RB Bryce Love
46 DL Tyquan Lewis
47 ER *Arden Key
48 WR Auden Tate
49 DL Kentavius Street
50 WR *Deon Cain
51 RB Damien Harris
52 DL Lowell Lotulelei
53 QB Mason Rudolph
54 RB Nick Chubb
55 OL Isaiah Wynn
56 DL *Christian Wilkins
57 OL Chukwuma Okorafor
58 S Armani Watts
59 LB Jerome Baker
60 TE *Mark Andrews
61 DL Derrick Nnadi
62 OL *Martez Ivey
63 RB *Bo Scarbrough
64 OL *Orlando Brown
65 ER Josh Sweat
66 DL DaShawn Hand
67 S Marcus Allen
68 CB Duke Dawson
69 OL Mason Cole
70 S Quin Blanding
71 CB Isaiah Oliver
72 CB Donte Jackson
73 LB Hercules Mataafa
74 WR Dante Pettis
75 CB Brandon Facyson
76 CB Anthony Averett
77 DL Duke Ejiofor
78 LB Josey Jewell
79 OL Braden Smith
80 S *Jordan Whitehead
81 WR Simmie Cobbs
82 RB Royce Freeman
83 QB Luke Falk
84 WR DJ Chark
85 ER Jalyn Holmes
86 ER Marquis Haynes
87 DL Trenton Thompson
88 CB Tony Brown
89 RB Kerryon Johnson
90 LB Azeem Victor
91 OL *Will Clapp
92 WR Allen Lazard
93 OL *Ross Pierschbacher
94 LB Keishawn Bierria
95 OL Billy Price
96 RB Josh Adams
97 S DeShon Elliott
98 TE Mike Gesicki
99 OL Tyrell Crosby
100 CB Jordan Thomas