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Bills' McDermott: No guarantees on starting QB

The Bills took a quarterback for the second straight draft. Buffalo coach Sean McDermott said all QBs -- including incumbent starter Tyrod Taylor -- will need to compete for the chance to start.

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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills coach Sean McDermott says GM Doug Whaley and his scouting staff did a "phenomenal job" during the draft but stopped short of refuting speculation that Whaley's future could be in jeopardy.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McDermott says Bills GM Doug Whaley and his staff "did a phenomenal job" in the draft but asked about their future, McDermott says his focus is on the draft and priority free-agent period. Hardly a firm vote of confidence for Whaley.

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In spite of an injury-shortened 2016 season, Tanner Vallejo still finished fourth on Boise State in tackles (69) in just nine games. He opened 2016 on the preseason Butkus and Nagurski Award watch lists after earning his second All-Mountain West nod in 2015.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked specifically about Nathan Peterman and Cardale Jones competing with Tyrod Taylor for Bills' starting QB job, coach Sean McDermott says no player will be handed the starting job. He also says there are "no promises" about players making 53-man roster.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean McDermott on QB Nathan Peterman: "His success speaks for itself at the position. ... Accuracy and timing at throws, and ability to work under center were important to us." McDermott says Peterman showed "grit" in dealing with adversity in transfer from Tennessee.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Bills picks of the 2017 draft: 1. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU; 2. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina; 2. Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple; 5. Matt Milano, LB, Boston College; 5. Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh; 6. Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills select Boise State LB Tanner Vallejo with their final pick, No. 195. Like LB Matt Milano in the fifth round, Vallejo will likely contribute on special teams while also competing for a role on defense. The 6-foot-1, 228 pound linebacker was an all-Mountain West honorable mention last season.

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Nathan Peterman flourished for Pitt in 2016, leading the ACC in yards per completion (15.4) and yards per attempt (9.3), and flourished on the biggest stages. He combined for eight TDs to just one pick in upsets of Clemson and Penn State, and his 27 TD passes are the most in a season by a Panther QB since 2003.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have been criticized for not drafting enough quarterbacks since Jim Kelly's retirement after the game 1996 season. They've now selected two in the past two drafts, Cardale Jones and Nathan Peterman. However, both were mid-round prospects who are not immediately expected to compete for a starting role. Tyrod Taylor's job is safe, for now.

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Bills add depth at QB with Peterman

Nathan Peterman is a cerebral quarterback who has two years of starting experience within a pro-style system at Pitt. He is a quick decision-maker who lacks elite arm strength but makes up for it with above-average timing and anticipation as a starter. Peterman's overall mobility is underrated.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills select QB Nathan Peterman with the No. 171 pick, ending the slide of top remaining player on the board (No. 69 overall by ESPN). Peterman is an intriguing addition to a Bills quarterback depth chart that also includes 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones and veteran T.J. Yates. Peterman doesn't have nearly the arm strength of Jones but is considered a good intermediate passer.

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Matt Milano earned honorable mention All-ACC honors for Boston College in 2016 after tying for the team lead in tackles for loss (11). He leaves The Heights ninth all-time in program history in tackles for loss (31.5).

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills select Boston College LB Matt Milano with the No. 163 pick (fifth round), their first selection since No. 63. He was the No. 229 ranked player by ESPN but addresses the Bills' biggest remaining need, outside linebacker. Milano is 6-foot-1 and 223 pounds and should be an immediate contributor on special teams.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

A full 100 picks after their last selection (Dion Dawkins at No. 63), the Bills' next pick at No. 163 is approaching. Bills will have two fifth-round picks (also No. 171) after not having any selections in the third or fourth rounds. That is a wide gap to miss in what is considered a deep draft.

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Berry likes WR Jones as rookie fantasy sleeper (0:39)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills begin Day 3 with three draft picks remaining, but none in the fourth round. They own No. 163 and No. 171, both in the fifth round, and No. 195, in the sixth round.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Bills picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU; 2. Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina; 2. Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple.

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Trading was the name of the game for the Bills (1:07)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

One commonality between the Bills' three draft picks: they had little predraft contact with any of them. OL Dion Dawkins says he barely heard from team; WR Zay Jones said there was "not a whole lot" from Bills and CB Tre'Davious White said he did not know Buffalo "had much interest in him at all." An important reminder not to read too much into predraft workouts and buzz.

Team Stats

Passing Yards189.830th
Rushing Yards164.41st
Points For24.910th
Points Against23.6Tied-16th