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Buffalo Bills 2017 NFL Draft results: Grade the team's six picks

How do you think the Bills did in the 2017 draft?

The Buffalo Bills made their final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, linebacker Tanner Vallejo, so now is the absolute perfect time to grade their draft haul this year.

Here's a quick run-through of the six newest members of the Bills. Also included is a poll and an comments section for you to express your feelings on how the Bills did in wheeling and dealing their way through the 2017 draft.

Below are quotes from our reaction pieces on each draft pick:

1-27: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

“Of all the cornerbacks in this draft class, I was the most confident checking all those boxes for White, which is why he was my No. 1 CB. His return-game ability is a nice luxury too. In Sean McDermott’s zone-based defense, I think White’s ball skills will be accentuated. His capability in man will be beneficial not only when he needs to play that coverage but will also help in disguising Cover 3 looks that begin with White near the line of scrimmage.”

2-37: Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina

“While I think Zay Jones can be a solid No. 2 in the NFL, his evaluation was just so difficult because he was force-fed the ball on a plethora of gimmicky short passes at East Carolina. Fit-wise, it’s logical for Buffalo, as his wide receiver coach at East Carolina — Phil McGeoghan — is now the Bills wide receiver coach. Beyond that, clearly, he has an almost unfathomable amount of experience running and getting YAC on short, horizontal routes, the staple of a West Coast Offense. Jones can be a decent second option, I just don’t know who’ll he’ll be as a part of an NFL offense.”

2-63: Dion Dawkins, OT/OG, Temple

“He’s one of those “not always the prettiest yet gets the job type” type of offensive linemen. Actually, when watching him, I was reminded of a bigger, stronger, and more fluid John Miller. Dawkins has a guard’s body and upper-body pop, but the arm length — 35” — and effortlessly fluidity of a tackle.”

5-163: Matt Milano, LB, Boston College:

Milano is a six foot, 223 pound linebacker who fits into the weakside LB / nickel LB role that the Bills were lacking on their roster. Milano is a good athlete who ran a 4.67 forty yard dash at the Combine and had a 35 inch vertical jump. He moves around the field with nice range, and was asked to handle man coverage against tight ends. He also plays the ball on passes, something not many college linebackers have practiced.”

5-171: Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

“After his sound overall accuracy, the next-best trait Peterman possesses is his keen field-scanning. His internal clock is always ticking, and he scans very quickly from sideline-to-sideline. Playing in Pittsburgh’s pro-style offense was hugely beneficial to him regarding how “ready” he was to make the jump to the NFL. There really isn’t much to dislike about Peterman from a technical standpoint. He’s limited as an NFL passer because of his weaker arm, and while’s decently mobile, he will leave some clean pockets. But, really, he’s strikingly similar to the prospect Kirk Cousins was when he entered the league out of Michigan State in 2012.”

6-191: Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State

“At 6’1” 228 pounds, Vallejo is a nickel linebacker prospect similar to Buffalo’s fifth round pick Matt Milano. An above average athlete in all respects, Vallejo can be trusted to track players to the sidelines. Vallejo had an excellent 2014 season, but missed a month of his senior season after trying unsuccessfully to play through a significant wrist injury. His injury history and size caused him to dip down in the draft.”


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