Who will the Bills take in the 2017 NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
The Bills are searching for a defensive upgrade under Sean McDermott and hoping Tyrod Taylor takes another step forward in 2017. Here's the full list of picks the Bills hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 27 (No. 27 overall)
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU: A long wait for the Bills after trading away pick No. 10, but it would have been hard to screw this up too badly at No. 27, with Buffalo now holding Kansas City’s picks at 91 and in the first round next year. And this definitely is not a miss. White may not wholly replace the departed Stephon Gilmore, but without question he should help the Bills navigate past that difficult free-agent loss. White’s a rangy corner who can match up with receivers both outside and in the slot—a nice piece for new coach Sean McDermott. GRADE: A
Round 2, Pick 5 (No. 37) (From L.A. Rams)
Zay Jones, WR, ECU: Buffalo traded down in Round 1, then goes up in Round 2—picks 44 and 91 to the Rams for 37 and 149. The Bills did so because they needed a wide receiver and missed out on the top three guys Thursday night. Jones should be their No. 2 guy opposite Sammy Watkins right away. GRADE: B+
Round 2, Pick 31 (No. 63) (From Falcons)
Dion Dawkins, G, Temple: Buffalo sent picks 75, 149 and 156 to Atlanta for this spot, which is a decent price to pay for a 12-spot boost. However, Dawkins is one of the last O-linemen with obvious starter potential as a rookie, be it at guard or tackle. The Bills could let him compete either spot—Jordan Mills is hardly a lock at right tackle. Grade: B+
Round 5, Pick 19 (No. 163) Matt Milano, LB, Boston College
Round 5, Pick 28 (No. 171) Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh
Round 6, Pick 11 (195) Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State