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Bills Daily 2017 Draft Board NFL Draft

Thursday April 27 8:00pm - Round 1
Friday April 28 7:00pm - Rounds 2&3
Saturday April 29 12:00pm - Rounds 4-7
NFL Draft Tracker

Here is the Bills draft board for the class of 2017. The links in each player's name takes you to expert analysis about the player. Check out our player capsules for each of the Bills selections, our final grade and our review article!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1  27    27*** CB Tre'Davious White LSU
  2  5    37** WR Zay Jones East Carolina
  2  31    63* OL Dion Dawkins Temple
  5  19  163**** LB Matt Milano Boston College
  5  28  171***** QB Nathan Peterman Pitt
  6  11  195 LB Tanner Vallejo Boston College

*-Bills sent the 75th overall pick, the 149th pick that they got from the Rams and the 156th overall pick to Atlanta to move up 12 spots and back into the 2nd round for the 63th overall pick.
**-Bills sent the 44th overall pick and the 91st overall pick they got from KC to the Rams for the 37th overall pick and the 149th overall pick.
***-Bills sent the 10th overall pick to Kansas City for the 27th overall pick and the 91st overall pick this year and a first round pick next year.
****-Received from Patriots after they didn't match tender offer to Mike Gillislee.
*****-Received from Dallas in exchange for Matt Cassel last year and their 7th round draft pick.
Their 4th round pick in this year's draft went to Chicago as part of the deal that had them move up eight spots in the 2nd round last year.

Our pick by pick draft capsules will give you the vital combine numbers along with a short synopsis of each draft pick's strengths and short comings. We will post each player's capsule shortly after they are picked!

1) CB Tre'Davious White, LSU 5-11 1/4, 192, 4.47 - He is versatile, patient, and has good leverage. Can play the slot, either side, man to man, or zone. He's got good route recognition, quick feet, and is a willing but undersized run defender. Physical in pass coverage with a good closing burst. He's average in his recognition of the run. Solid punt returner. High character player who can fit in somewhere right away. Good instincts and ball skills to blanket receivers.

2) WR Zay Jones, East Carolina 6-2 1/8, 201, 4.45 - Tremendous FBS record breaking production. Has a nice blend of size and speed with good acceleration off the line. A solid vertical threat who shields defenders well with his size. Has a knack at getting open especially when plays break down. Competes well for jump balls. Good runner after the catch. Highly competitive who has no fear going over the middle. Effective blocker and gets extra yards after contact. Good footwork but not top end speed. High character individual.

2) OL Dion Dawkins, Temple 6-3 7/8, 314, 5.11 - Rates very high at guard but is not has highly ranked at tackle. He is a versatile player which is coveted and may play inside or outside with the Bills. Has necessary length for tackle but not the height. Limited flexibility in his lower body but a good road grader. Quality upper body strength. Tough player who is a three year starter. Has a wide base and good balance while playing within himself. Gets caught lunging at times but when he's patient he is tough to beat. Plays with great awareness.

5) LB Matt Milano, Boston College 6-0 1/2, 223, 4.67 - He is everywhere on the field and a fan favorite. Solid special teamer who has a knack for blocking kicks. Undersized but a big hitter. Converted safety who is versatile and can play outside in the 4-3 or 3-4. Has good instincts and decent ball recognition. Good upper body and uses his hands well. Good quickness and top end speed but does get thrown off his angle easily. He's physical with good balance.

5) QB Nathan Peterman, Pittsburgh 6-2 1/2, 226, 4.82 - Good enough size slightly weak arm strength which is a concern late in the season in Buffalo but has good deep ball accuracy. He's Smart and picks up systems quickly going through two the last two seasons at Pitt. Goes through progressions very quickly. Aggressive player who is a playmaker. He is pro ready and played in a pro-style offense. Throws with good timing and anticipation. Compact and quick delivery, needs more zip on his ball. Feels pressure well. Extends plays well with his feet and is a competent runner. He has been compared to Andy Dalton and Kirk Cousins by some scouts. Could be a long term backup QB option in the NFL.

6) LB Tanner Vallejo, Boise St. 6-1 1/4, 228, 4.65 - Solid instincts and recognition. Solid awareness of the running game. Needs to get better against the pass. Little bit undersized but should be big special teams contributor right away like you want from day three picks. Solid closing burst and good upper body strength. 39 career starts in college. Misses some tackles when he comes in fast.

Before we get in to our grade here's our yearly disclaimer. This is just our latest futile attempt to grade the Bills draft. It really takes a good two to three years before you can grade a draft but will take a crack at it anyway. The Bills moved down to the 27th spot in the first round and took Tre'Davious White who should step right in and start at corner. The first of two second round picks Zay Jones is very talented and feels an immediate hole at wide receiver. The pick at the end of the second round Dion Dawkins can step right in and start as well at right tackle if he proves he can play outside in the pros like he did in college. The one question mark is if he can do that. Thanks to two trade ups after trading down in the first round, the Bills had to wait all the way until 5th round for their next two picks. Matt Milano comes in to help a weak LB corps although that late in the draft he shouldn't be expected to start, he is a special teams deamon who will have an impact there right away. Nathan Peterman is the intriguing pick some say he will eventually be the starter others say he could be a long time backup, either way that is fine value late in the 5th round. The last pick for the Bills was another linebacker which makes sense considering there was no depth at the position. Tanner Vallejo is like Milano in that he will be able to help right away on special teams. If either of these young backers develops into a diamond in the rough than they will have done a nice job there. The three trades have to be taken into consideration when grading this draft especially the one with the Chiefs that netted them a first round pick next year. That automatically brings the draft grade up a bit Grade: A-.

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