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With the NFL Draft just weeks away, the Buffalo Bills annual practice of hosting prospects at One Bills Dr. has already begun. Each team is allotted 30 pre-draft visits each offseason. Generally, if a team brings a player in for a visit there’s a good chance they’ll target that prospect on draft day, which has come to fruition for the Bills numerous times over the years. 2017 draft picks: QB Cardale Jones, WR Kolby Listenbee, DL Adolphus Washington and LB Reggie Ragland, were all pre-draft visitors last year.

A few years back, Buffalo actually used to release the names of every player they hosted prior to the draft, but – for obvious strategic reasons – ceased the practice in 2015. Based off of reports on both a local and national level, here’s what 2017 draftees have visited Orchard Park or participated in private workouts. The list will be updated as the draft approaches…

Pre-draft Visits

Nate Hairston – CB, Temple (per Sal Capaccio)

Projected: Seventh

Ranked as the 28th cornerback prospect in the 2017 class, Hairston ran a solid 4.52-forty at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Cam Robinson – T, Alabama (per Ian Rapoport)

Projected: First or second round

Robinson grades as the third best tackle in the 2017 class out of Alabama, where he served as a three-year starter along the Crimson Tide’s offensive line. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-6, 322-pound Robinson won the Outland Trophy, given to college football’s top offensive blocker. He’s surprisingly quick for a player his size and has drawn comparisons to current Bills tackle Cordy Glenn.

Derek Rivers – DE, Youngstown (per NFL Draft Diamonds)

Projected: Second or third round

Rivers was an elite talent at the FCS level in his three years as a starter for the Penguins. He leaves Youngstown state with the most sacks in program history (41). After spending a year at Fork Union Military Academy in 2012, Rivers made the jump to Youngstown State and recorded 13 sacks in his freshman season before being named a starter one year later. His numbers only improved in each season that followed, culminating in an impressive 58-tackle and 15.5-sack effort as a senior. Rivers earned First Team All-MVFC for the third straight season and was named a Second Team FCS All-American.

Tim Williams – Edge, Alabama (Per NFL Draft Diamonds)

Projected: First or second round

In his first three years with the Crimson Tide, Williams made just 26 tackles in 20 games of actions, but of that figure 12 were sacks. In his senior season, this past year, he came away with 31 total tackles and nine sacks, making him a valuable pass rushing prospect in this 2017 class. Williams has a particularly quick initial jump off the ball, exemplified by his 4.68-forty time.

Tedric Thompson – S, Colorado (per Ian Rapoport)

Projected: Seventh round

Thompson piled up 63 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and finished tied with teammate Ahkello Witherspoon for the FBS lead in passes defensed, with 23. Seven of those were interceptions by the way. He was one of three players in the Buffaloes secondary to earn second-team All-Pac-12 honors. Thompson’s brother, Cedric, was a fifth round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins last season, out of Minnesota.

Chad Williams – WR, Grambling State  (per Ian Rapoport)

Projected: Fifth-round

With 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016, Williams was the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s leading receiver, earning second-team FCS All-American and first-team all-conference honors, while leading the Tigers to a conference title. Williams was also a first-team All-SWAC selection in 2015 where he made 64 receptions for 1,012 and 10 touchdowns. He had quite the career at the FCS level, which included a 13-catch, 152-yard performance against Arizona this past season.

Marlon HumphreyCB, Alabama (per Ian Rapoport)

Projected: First round

Humphrey is the second-rated cornerback of a deep defensive back class and could be a viable option for the Bills with the 10th overall pick, in an effort to replace departed veteran Stephon Gilmore. The Alabama product is blazing fast – he ran a 4.41 at the combine – and physical, with nearly 200 pounds on his frame. Since redshirting his freshman season, Humphrey has started every game at corner, playing an instrumental role in both Crimson Tide runs to the National Championship. This past season, he made 36 tackles, snared two interceptions – one of which he returned for a touchdown – and registered one forced fumble. He’s durable, has great size, speed and strength and excellent coverage ability, even in zone looks.

Grover Stewart – DL, Albany State (per Tony Pauline)

Projected: Seventh round or undrafted

At 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, Stewart has the physical traits to play in the NFL, but needs to use them more effectively down in the trenches. He was a four-time All-SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) player for the Golden Rams, piling up more than seven sacks in every season of his college career, including a career-best 8.5 as a freshman. He also recorded 15 tackles for a loss as a junior.

Nathan Peterman – QB, Pittsburgh (per Adam Caplan)

Projected: Third or fourth round

Peterman is the sixth-ranked QB prospect in the 2017 Class. A two-year starter at Pittsburgh, ranking eighth overall in the FBS in passing efficiency as a senior this past season. He possesses a sturdy 6-foot-2, 226-pound build and the massive handsize NFL teams like to see. Throws an excellent deep ball, but is inconsistent in his pass placement at times and seems to struggle under pressure. Peterman also mentioned working out privately for the Bills.

Garett Bolles – OT, Utah (per Adam Caplan)

Projected: First or second round

In a weaker draft class of lineman, there is a major drop-off at the position after Bolles and Cam Robinson. That means there is a very good chance that Bolles ends up as a first-round selection. The Utah product stands at 6-foot-5, 297 pounds and possesses the quick feet, and excellent lateral movement necessary to play tackle in the NFL.

Marcus Sayles – CB, West Georgia (per NFL Draft Diamonds)

Projected: Undrafted

As a senior at West Georgia, Sayles earned All-GSC (Gulf South Conference) Second Team honors as both a cornerback and special teamer. His 4.5-forty time speaks for itself, as do his numbers from this past season. He finishing second in the GSC with five interceptions. Sayles can also contribute on special teams where he accumulated three blocked kicks for West Georgia in 2016.

Phillip (P.J.) Walker – QB, Temple (per by Aaron Wilson)

Projected: Undrafted

Walker’s stock is on the rise in recent days, according to Aaron Wilson. On top of visiting with Buffalo, the QB also apparently visited with the Giants, Packers and Eagles. At his pro day, Walker posted a 4.71-forty. He threw for 3,295 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2016, and has more than 10,000 passing yards over three-plus seasons as a starter at temple.

 

Notable Private Workouts

Brad Seaton – OT, Villanova (per Aaron Wilson)

Projected: Undrafted

Seaton’s draft stock is rising of late, as several teams have already shown interest in the 6-foot-9, 311-pound former Wildcat. He started 28 consecutive games for Villanova dating back to 2014.

Brandon Barnes – TE, Alabama State (per Tony Pauline)

Projected: Undrafted

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Barnes started 11 games in each of his first three seasons with the Hornets, before playing just five games during his senior campaign this past year. During his college career, he made 29 receptions for 436 yards and caught six touchdowns.

QB Pat Mahomes II – QB, Texas Tech (per Ian Rapoport)

Projected: First or second round

Mitchell Trubisky – QB, UNC (per Tom Pelissero)

Projected: First round

Regarded as the top quarterback of the class, Trubisky is certainly drawing interest from more than just the Bills. Having only one season of starting experience under his belt out of UNC is one concern surrounding Trubisky, as are his mechanical issues. He’s a little jumpy at times in the pocket, which prevents proper hip movement and often leaves him throwing the ball flat-footed. Despite the presence of some rawness, he’s shown some intriguing dual-threat capabilities and possesses all the tools that NFL teams look for in a starting quarterback.

Deshone Kizer – QB, Notre Dame (per Mike Garafolo)

Projected: First or second round

Cameron Johnston – P, Ohio State (per NFL Draft Diamonds)

Projected: Undrafted

A three-year starter at Ohio State, Johnston was named the Big Ten punter of the year this past season. The big question surrounding Johnston is whether or not his rugby-style kick will translate into the NFL.

Jordan Morgan – G, Kutztown (per Tony Pauline)

Projected: Fourth-round

Morgan may have played Division II ball, but his size – 6-foot-3, 309 pounds – make him as NFL-ready as anyone. He’s also versatile, having started every game these past four seasons at right tackle.