Since the last time we had some mock draft fun, both the first and second overall picks were traded away, and the top two quarterbacks will presumably be picked at the top of the draft. So, then what?
In today's version of the mock draft, we once again go all the way to the Bills' third-round selection (80th overall), and this time the Bills have more than your average amount of picks. Scroll down to see the results, but remember that mock drafts are for entertainment purposes only.
With that written, on to the picks:
1) (from TEN) - QB Jared Goff, Cal
- The Rams moved all the way up to get a starting quarterback right away, and as Bills GM Doug Whaley opined on Wednesday, Goff is the more 'pick-and-play' ready over Carson Wentz.
2) (from CLE)? - QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
- The Eagles have been enamored with Wentz the entire draft process, and they must know that the Rams want Goff in order to trade loads of draft picks to move up for the North Dakota State quarterback.
3) ? - CB/S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
- Some think Tunsil goes here, but the Chargers can grab an offensive tackle to start at the top of round two. With the safety position being such a weak one in this year's draft, the Chargers grab the best one available, also with the chance that he can play some corner as well.
4) ? - DE/DT DeForest Buckner, Oregon
- The Cowboys need some help all across the defensive line, and by selecting Buckner, they get a versatile defender that can produce from many spots along the line of scrimmage.
5) **TRADE (from JAX) - QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
- Rather than sitting on their hands, the Jets -- who believe that they are close in the AFC race, and will likely have just a short-term option at quarterback in 2016 -- make the move up to secure Paxton Lynch to start in 2017 and beyond. The Jets were reported to be in on the talks to try and get into the top two of the draft. Is it risky? You bet it is. However, with the drop-off that will happen after these top three quarterbacks, the Jets went to strike for the best long-term option in Chan Gailey's offense. As for Jacksonville, they now own picks 20, 38, and 51 in the draft and can get three immediate contributors to a crucial season -- and, you know, that first round pick next year.
Trade Details: New York Jets get 5th overall, 103rd overall. Jacksonville gets 20th overall, 51st overall, 2017 1st Round pick.
6) ? - OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
- The Ravens stand pat and secure the player that likely would have been the top overall selection had Tennessee kept their pick. Instead, he lands in a much better situation in Baltimore.
7) ? - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
- The 49ers don't even know what hit them. Desperately needing a quarterback, the 49ers miss out on the top three and instead go for a "safe" option to help rebuild their offensive line. Chip Kelly can't be a happy man in this scenario.
8) (from MIA via PHI) - DE/OLB Joey Bosa, Ohio State
- Not sold on Carson Wentz, the Browns moved down and got a haul of picks in return from Philadelphia. And on top of it all, they get the top-rated edge rusher in the draft from the college that's right around the corner from Cleveland. The Browns will be picking early again in 2017, so might as well build the team first before forcing the quarterback pick.
9) **TRADE (from TB) - HB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
- Elliott has lasted on the board this long, and with the Giants and Bears both in need of a running back the Dolphins make the move to get back into the Top 10. The Buccaneers pick up an additional third-round pick, and also keep Elliott out of the NFC by helping out a fellow Florida franchise.
Trade Details: Miami gets 9th overall. Tampa Bay gets 13th overall, 73rd overall.
10) - LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
11) - OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
12) **TRADE (from NO) - CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida
- Sensing an opportunity to strike and get a Top 10 talent, the Titans move up ahead of Tampa Bay to get the top cornerback in the draft at a major area of need. The best part? The Titans held on to all three of their second-round picks, and the top pick in the third round as well. Not too bad. New Orleans has a clear need, and knows they can likely wait on it a few picks.
Trade Details: Tennessee gets 12th overall, 112th overall. New Orleans gets 15th overall, 76th overall, 140th overall.
13) (from PHI via MIA) - DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
14) - LB Myles Jack, UCLA
- The slide ends here for Myles Jack and he lands with a team that has the type of talent to contend for the playoffs as early as this season. If Jack gets down to the 'teens as many believe that he might now, you have to wonder if the Bills might just pull the trigger at 19th overall if he's available. For his type of talent and movement ability, the risk of how long he might be able to play would likely be worth it at that point in the draft.
15) (from LA via TEN) - DE/OLB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
- Pass rushers, especially ones with the type of talent that Noah Spence has, do not last long all that often. To me, Spence is easily the most dynamic pass rushing prospect in this year's draft, but lands below Bosa because the latter is more of a complete player. Spence will start right away for New Orleans, who gets their guy and picks up an earlier pick an additional third round pick in the process.
16) - DT Chris Jones, Mississippi State
17) - LB Darron Lee, Ohio State
- Darron Lee is a player that the Bills like quite a bit for how well he'd fit into the defensive scheme in today's NFL. However, the Bills miss out and have to decide what to do at 19th overall instead.
18) - NT Andrew Billings, Baylor
19) **TRADE (from BUF) - OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
- After missing out on Lee, rather than forcing the pick of Reggie Ragland (who plays a similar game to Preston Brown), the Bills collect additional draft assets to get themselves quite possibly three impact players to the roster as early as this season. It also gives them the possibility to trade back into the first round all the same. The Titans moved up to add Taylor Decker, a player that they're rumored to really like.
Trade Details: Tennessee gets 19th overall, 117th overall. Buffalo gets 33rd overall, 45th overall.
20) (from NYJ) - S Karl Joseph, West Virginia
21) - LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
- Washington is in need of some inside linebackers in the worst way. Ragland will step right in and contribute from the word 'go.'
22) - WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
23) - DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
24) - WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
- It's a lengthy wait for Treadwell, but he ends up in a fantastic situation. He gets to pair with A.J. Green, face single coverage almost exclusively, and he'll be working with an established quarterback.
25) - CB William Jackson III, Houston
26) - OT/G Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M
27) - DL A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama
28) - DE/OLB/ILB Kamalei Correa, Boise State
- With Justin Houston's playing status unknown at this point in time, Correa can help out in the interim, and then eventually also contribute on the inside as well. Correa is a raw, but potentially versatile player.
29) - C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
30) - DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson
31) - QB Connor Cook, Michigan State
- They might have to move up to get him, but in this version of the mock draft, the Broncos stay at 31 and land what could be their starting quarterback in 2016.
32) - WR Josh Doctson, TCU
33) (from TEN) - DL Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
- The long wait is over for Bills fans, and this is where the fun gets started. This is the first of three second-round selections if the Bills were to pull off that deal with the Titans. To kick it off, the Bills are getting a player many believe can become a stud at the next level. Butler most closely gets compared to Muhammad Wilkerson, who rose to prominence under the tutelage of then New York Jets coach, and current Bills coach Rex Ryan. Butler has the size, length, strength, and athleticism that could turn him into a stud in the NFL. He'll have a bit of a learning curve due to who he played against in college, but if brought along the right way, Butler could be a formidable five-technique defensive end to add into the mix.
34) - QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
- After missing out on the first wave of quarterbacks, the Cowboys take Hackenberg with the mindset of not letting him see the light of day for another two or three years -- or however long Tony Romo will continue to play for.
35) - OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana
36) - DE/OLB Shaq Lawson, Clemson
37) - WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame
- The 49ers couldn't find the proper value for a quarterback once again, so they go with Will Fuller, who some believe is the top wide receiver in the draft. Opinions, however, are wide-ranging on the former Notre Dame player.
38) - DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
39) - CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
40) - DL Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
- The Giants bet on Nkemdiche's talent shining through as a versatile defensive lineman, which has been their specialty over the course of time.
41) - DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida
42) - G Cody Whitehair, Kansas State
43) (from PHI via LA) - NT Kenny Clark, UCLA
44) - CB Artie Burns, Miami (FL)
45) (from LA via TEN) - LB/S Su'a Cravens, USC
- This is now the third time out of six, and the second in a row, that Cravens has found his way to the Bills in the second round of my mock draft, and general manager Doug Whaley just reinforced why the two sides could eventually be paired up. Whaley described Cravens as a potential four-down player, helping out on base packages, sub-packages, and on special teams -- and the Bills certainly have room for one of those. Is he a linebacker, or is he a safety? It doesn't matter in today's NFL, which need smaller, and faster players on the field most of the time. Cravens can cover, he possesses good instincts and reaction time to diagnose plays, and, he can help as an additional blitzer when called upon. Don't forget, the Bills had Cravens in for a visit, so the interest is there.
46) - OT Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech
47) - DT Hassan Ridgeway, Texas
48) - OT Shon Coleman, Auburn
49) - WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
- Bills fans don't have to wait too much longer for the next selection, and now with two key defensive players on the roster already in Butler and Cravens, wide receiver becomes a need that they can go after. Sterling Shepard is an explosive athlete that wins as a route runner, and although a bit on the smaller side, he can step right into the fold and be a trusted slot receiver for a Bills team in need of an upgrade over Greg Salas. He also has ability as a returner on special teams, so the Bills would be getting a multi-faceted player in Shepard. The big question is this: can he be an outside receiver? Luckily for the Bills, they won't have to find that out unless Robert Woods leaves as an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season.
50) - TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas
51) (from NYJ) - G Joshua Garnett, Stanford
52) - S Vonn Bell, Ohio State
53) - DL Sheldon Day, Notre Dame
54) - WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State
55) - DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
- Calhoun goes to a team that runs a 4-3 defensive scheme, which will help him immensely. One of the most highly productive players in the draft, Calhoun can be a firm rotational end to help the Bengals get some heat on the quarterback and keep others fresh.
56) - CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson
57) - DE/OLB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State
58) - DL Austin Johnson, Penn State
59) - S Keanu Neal, Florida
60) - HB Derrick Henry, Alabama
- The Patriots could certainly stand to add to the running back group, and as Henry falls down the draft board a bit, New England is there to scoop him up. On the days where they favor the bigger, run-pounding attack, Henry will be the lead back.
61) (from ARI) - DL Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
62) - CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
63) - LB Deion Jones, LSU
64) - LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State
65) - DE Matthew Ioannidis, Massachusetts
66) - DE Jihad Ward, Illinois
67) - HB Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
68) - QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
69) - WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State
- Nice, nice fit here. Miller won't be immediately depended on, but in case the Jaguars are unable to get both Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns under contract, Miller could potentially take over a starting spot in 2017.
70) - CB KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame
71) - HB Jordan Howard, Indiana
72) - WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
73) (from MIA) - CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama
74) - S Darian Thompson, Boise State
75) - S Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah
76) (from LA) - WR Pharaoh Cooper, South Carolina
77) (from DET via PHI) - WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
78) - G Vadal Alexander, LSU
79) - CB Xavien Howard, Baylor
80) - QB Cardale Jones, Ohio State
- This pick stays consistent with the mock draft from last week. The Bills have an opportunity to select a quarterback and not feel pressure to put him in the starting lineup, or to even force him as the main backup in 2016. That, in itself, is a perfect situation for Cardale Jones. He gets to work with both offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterback coach David Lee, and they'll all see if this raw, 6-foot-5, 253-pound passer that has a cannon for an arm and runs like a deer, can put it all together, learn how to read defenses, and figure out his inaccuracy. On the positive side, the Bills don't have to wipe the slate clean too much with Jones because of a lack of time on the field. They're building from the ground up, and it could yield huge dividends. And hey, if it doesn't work, at least they took a big swing at finding a gem.