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2019 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills mock draft watch, February 11th edition

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We’re already more than a month into the Buffalo Bills’ offseason and a consensus seems to be building among the members of the media on what positions the team will be targeting during the first round of the draft. With the team ostensibly in possession of a franchise quarterback, analysts predict the team attempting to draft him some help. Here’s who the experts have the Buffalo Bills eyeing when they’re on the clock with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft:

Todd McShay, ESPN: OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) “The Bills need to protect Josh Allen, and Taylor is mobile and powerful with good size. He can ride faster rushers past the QB with his quickness, allowing Allen time to find a receiver deep (yeah, Buffalo needs one of those, too) or take off. With Dion Dawkins at left tackle and the majority of Taylor’s experience coming on the right side, the Florida alum would replace Jordan Mills at right tackle.”

Mel Kiper, ESPN: DT Rashan Gary (Michigan) “Could the Bills get their Kyle Williams replacement here? At his peak, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Gary is a menace who makes offensive linemen look foolish, but you’d like to see him do it with more regularity. Gary could play end or nose guard in a 3-4 defense or tackle in a 4-3. Buffalo could look at centers or guards here; improving the interior of the offensive line should be a priority.”

Bucky Brooks, OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) “Head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane must upgrade the supporting cast around Josh Allen to help their young franchise quarterback thrive. Taylor would help an offensive line that surrendered 41 sacks in 2018.”

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: OT Jonah Williams (Alabama) “Jonah Williams has been the best offensive tackle in college football for two seasons—each of which he played on the left side of the Crimson Tide line after moving from his right tackle position he nailed down as a true freshman. Williams’s tape is nearly flawless. But he has short arms. Williams has already been called a guard or center prospect by scouts this offseason, and it’s likely he’ll follow in the footsteps of Zack Martin, Brandon Scherff or Cody Whitehair as a good college tackle kicked inside because of an arm that’s one inch too short. That’s good news for the Bills. They can plug Williams in at guard and have an All-Pro-caliber player there. They could also experiment with him at tackle and let him figure it out on the job while moving Dion Dawkins to right tackle. However it works, the Bills must focus on helping quarterback Josh Allen. ”

Luke Easterling, Draft Wire: WR D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss) “This pick has to be all about helping Josh Allen, whether that’s finding him a stud blocker or a premier playmaker. In this scenario, the latter gives Buffalo the better value. Metcalf has an ideal size/athleticism combo, and is reportedly fully recovered from a neck injury that ended his 2018 campaign prematurely.”

Mike Remmer, Pro Football Focus: CB Byron Murphy (Washington) “Murphy has the best zone instincts of any corner in this draft and the Bills are one of the zone-heaviest teams in the NFL. The value at the offensive skill positions would still be a reach at this point for Buffalo.”

Joe Marino, The Draft Network: OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida) “I recently studied Taylor and fell in love with his game. His size, mobility, strength and length are plus traits that led to a dominant junior season for the Gators. You just don’t see guys as big as Taylor slide their feet as smoothly as he does with as much body control and ability to connect with defenders in space. He could immediately start at right tackle opposite of Dion Dawkins and provide Buffalo two exciting bookend tackles to protect franchise quarterback Josh Allen while blasting open holes in the run game.”

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: WR Hakeem Butler (Iowa State) “Hear me out on this one ... in this scenario, Jonah Williams is unavailable. The defensive line class is super deep, and Buffalo needs more downfield speed for Josh Allen. Butler is a huge wideout with a gigantic catch radius who can fly, and he had stellar production at Iowa State. He accounted for 42 percent of the Cyclones’ receiving yards -- a very high figure -- in 2018.”