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Mock goes DL for Bills at 10

Posted by Chris Brown on February 6, 2017 – 3:18 pm

Holding the 10th overall pick, the Bills figure to have a number of options in the 2017 NFL draft when they’re on the clock. On the whole a lot of the early mocks have Buffalo taking a quarterback, with the most common pick being Clemson’s DeShaun Watson. But a recent Bleacher Report mock went in another direction.

They mocked Alabama DL Jonathan Allen to the Bills at 10. Here was their assessment.

The Pick: DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
If the Buffalo Bills do not address the quarterback position prior to the draft—either by restructuring Tyrod Taylor’s deal or acquiring one via free agency or a trade—this pick could very well be Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes. But Taylor is under contract for now, and my hunch is the Bills find a way to make that relationship work for another season at least. 

General manager Doug Whaley and new head coach Sean McDermott will be tasked with adding impact players across the board, but with McDermott’s specialty being the defensive line, I see Jonathan Allen as a perfect fit for the Bills, especially since Marcell Dareus is a constant headache for Buffalo.

At one time, Allen was considered a top-three player in this draft class, but concerns about prior shoulder injuries have pushed him down here to No. 10 overall. He could be an amazing value if his past ailments don’t lead to more issues in the future. For a rebuilding Buffalo team, Allen can be a centerpiece on defense.

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