NFL Draft Rumors: Buffalo Bills Want QB in First Round, Target Clemson's Deshaun Watson

By Raymund Tamayo, Posted: 04/21/17 01:18PM EDT
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The Bills are targeting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.(Photo : Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills are planning to select a quarterback in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and according to rumors, their top prospect is Clemson's Deshaun Watson. The team is scheduled to visit Watson at the Clemson University on Friday.

Watson, 21, is a junior with a major in Communication Studies. He is a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and had led the Tigers to their first-ever national championship in more than three decades during his sophomore year. At that time, he had accumulated 4,104 passing yards, 35 touchdowns, 1,105 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Last season, he again led his team to a national title while also being named in the All-American Second-Team after registering 4,593 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, and a 67.0 passing completion percentage. He also ran for 629 yards and had nine rushing touchdowns during the year.

The Gainesville, Georgia native is deemed by analysts as one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft together with North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes. The Bills are on the clock at no. 10, and it is projected that Trubisky and Mahomes are already unavailable by that time.

According to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk, the Bills are still looking for a long-term solution at the quarterback spot. The team has recently restructured the contract of starting signal-caller Tyrod Taylor to make it easy for them to waive him after the 2017 season, which means that drafting a potential future superstar and starter is high on their priority list.

If the Bills end up selecting Watson, then there is a huge chance that Taylor may be playing his final season in Buffalo this 2017. Aside from the 10th overall pick, the Bills also has five other selections (nos. 44, 75, 156, 171, and 195). Together with the Atlanta Falcons, the two teams have the fewest picks in this year's NFL draft.



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