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Where will the Buffalo Bills turn in round two of the 2017 NFL Draft?

With the secondary patched up, the Bills look ahead to day two of the draft.

The Buffalo Bills took their first steps toward assembling Sean McDermott’s roster in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, trading back to accumulate picks and adding a new starting cornerback. The Bills still have needs around the roster, though it sounds like their quarterback plans are deferred until 2018. With that in mind, whose name could be on the card when the Bills select with the 12th pick in round two tonight? Here are twelve names to keep in mind.

Zay Jones, WR, ECU

Rumor has it that Jones was one of two players being targeted by the Bills at the 27th overall pick. The selection went to Tre’Davious White, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jones head to Buffalo tonight.

Jones checks the boxes for nearly every faction of analysts. His father and uncle were long-term NFL players in the 90’s. Jones owns the FBS record for career catches (399) and single season catches (158), and his production-age combo puts him near the top of this year’s Phenom Index. His composite athleticism ranks in the 94th percentile for NFL receivers. He also has great catching technique. Jones played in a popgun offense at ECU with a lot of screen passes, which is why he’s not as highly regarded as other players like the ultraproductive Corey Davis.

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

The Bills brought Robinson in for a pre-draft visit, and with Doug Whaley’s penchant for Alabama players would it be a surprise to see him head to Buffalo if he were on the board?

Robinson won the Outland trophy as the nation’s best lineman this year. He’s played left tackle for the Crimson Tide for the last three seasons. A massive 6’6” 322 pounder with 35.5 inch arms, Robinson would be a load for defenders to handle on the line. He could conceivably start at either tackle or guard spot, but his likely home in Buffalo would be at right tackle.

Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State

Reports during the draft suggested that, if the Bills were unable to trade down, they would have selected Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore. While the Bills passed on a Buckeye last night, could they select his teammate tonight?

The 6’2” 240 pound McMillan would be a versatile linebacker who has the athleticism to line up as Buffalo’s WILL. Smart, with experience dropping into man coverage and zone coverage, McMillan may have been overshadowed by the elite prospects in the secondary in this draft.

Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State

Godwin, who comes from Terry Pegula’s alma mater, met with the Bills at the Combine. He’ll be on their shortlist as they target a second starting receiver for the team.

Godwin is a darling of the analytics community, an excellent athlete who is still only 20 years old. Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception project noted that Godwin won an insane 85.7 percent of his contested catch opportunities in 2016, calling him the most underrated receiver in the draft. When Godwin commits to his blocking, he’s one of the best blockers in the class.

Taylor Moton, OT, Western Michigan

Western Michigan saw a top five selection in Corey Davis last night. Tonight, Moton hopes to join him. He met with the Bills at the Combine.

Moton started four seasons at WMU, three at right tackle, and one at right guard. The 6’5” 319 pounder is a great athlete for an offensive tackle, and possesses an outstanding anchor. While he can occasionally be beaten by speed to the outside, he would have a very easy transition to starting over Jordan Mills on Buffalo’s offensive line.

Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt

The 6’3” 234 Cunningham, possessing nearly 34 and a half inch arms, was a black hole that pulled in ballcarriers and brought them to the ground. In his last two seasons at Vanderbilt, Cunningham racked up 228 tackles (140 solo), 33 behind the line of scrimmage.

Cunningham has great athleticism, but was mostly used as a downhill chase-and-tackle linebacker in college. He would give the Bills a rangy defender to pair with Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland, but still has work to do on improving his tackling form and pass coverage (only eight passes defended and zero interceptions in three seasons).

Derek Rivers, ER, Youngstown State

The Bills had Rivers in for a pre-draft visit, and while Shaq Lawson and Jerry Hughes make for a solid pair of starters, the Bills may be looking to the future with another young pass rusher.

Rivers was a three year starter for Youngstown State, with an impressive resume of 36 sacks and 52 tackles for loss during that span. The 6’4” 248 pound Rivers tested as an excellent athlete at the Combine, a top ten performer in half the drills. Teams love his motor and playing strength, but acknowledge that he could further develop his hand usage.

Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State

Do the Bills want a skilled, reliable, hardworking leader on their offensive line? If they’re planning for the future, Elflein will be near the top of their list. The 6’3” 303 pounder was a team captain for the Buckeyes, and he leads in the weight room as well through his playing style on the field.

Elflein was a three year starter for the Buckeyes, playing some left guard, nearly two seasons at right guard, and his senior season at center. He’s a finisher with a wrestling background who does an excellent job opening holes in the running game. His great awareness makes him a reliable cog in pass protection.

A starter on the interior isn’t an immediate need, but Eric Wood is a free agent in 2018, and Richie Incognito could be a cap casualty. Elflein would give the team a smooth transition next year.

Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State

Buffalo is looking for a playmaking receiver, possibly with return skills. If Jones isn’t available and Samuel is, could he be the next selection?

The 5’11” 197 pound Samuel was effectively Ohio State’s Percy Harvin this season. He rushed for 771 yards while catching passes for 865. The last player to have over 700 at both rushing and receiving in a season? Yep, Harvin. Samuel’s age-based-production ranked him atop the 2017 Phenom Index. It also helps that he’s a great athlete, running a 4.31 forty yard dash at the Combine.

Tarell Basham, ER, Ohio

If Derek Rivers isn’t the best option available, the Bills might also be interested in this edge rusher, whose pro day they attended earlier this year.

Basham stands six-foot-four and 269 pounds, with 34.25 inch arms. His style is similar to Jadeveon Clowney’s, just without that freaky burst. While he doesn’t have the athleticism to win consistently with a speed rush, Basham was a dangerous power rusher in college, grabbing 29.5 sacks in his four years as a starter. He already has solid technique, and can swallow up the run as well as he can rush the passer.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington

If the Bills have production on their mind when thinking about their starting receivers, then Kupp will be near the top of their list. Kupp owns the FCS all-time records in total receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464), and receiving touchdowns (73). He has NFL bloodlines and his trophy cabinet is overflowing with individual awards.

Kupp is an outstanding route runner with elite short area quickness. He’s the next great player in the vein of Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, and not just because he’s white. His routes are crisp and polished. The big issue is his age; Kupp is already older than Mike Evans and Allen Robinson, who are entering their fourth seasons in the league. That means he can start immediately, but it limits his upside. He also may be destined for the slot, lacking the vertical speed to separate down the sideline.

Duke Riley, LB, LSU

Could the Bills opt to double-down on Tigers in the first two days of the draft? Riley played in 39 games during his first three seasons as a reserve, but finally earned the starting job in 2016. During that season, he led the team with 92 tackles, nine for a loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception.

Riley is an athletic linebacker, though a bit undersized at 6’0” 232 pounds. He does a good job reading the flow of plays and squeezing through gaps to make plays. We may not have seen the most of Riley’s potential yet.