The Buffalo Bills wide receiver room is looking a little thin. Adding Jamison Crowder was a great move, but it’s not enough. A bonafide WR3/4 is a need and where better to look than the draft? This year’s WR class is incredibly talented, and it’s not a stretch to think BBB and McDermott can find our guy in the early rounds. So, to help them along (because the Bills front office clearly values my personal opinion), here are my top 10 WRs they should target in this draft.
1. Treylon Burks, Arkansas (6’2”, 225lbs)
Burks is a Deebo Samuel in the making. For this very reason, he is my favourite WR in this draft. He is big, strong, and incredibly physical, getting yards after catch (YAC) with ease. He’s got great length and reach. Pair that with his open field speed, and he’s a star in the making.
2. Jahan Dotson, Penn State (5’11”, 178lbs)
Dotson is fast right off the snap, and that speed helps when he’s making those fluid double moves and cuts. He’s an elite route runner and can easily fill that slot receiver role that Beasley has vacated. Not to mention, all this talent can be honed into making him a perfect return specialist.
3. Jameson Williams, Alabama (6’2”, 179lbs)
Williams’ quick feet and speed allows his to get separation easily, giving his QB plenty of space to drop the ball. And then, he dials it up, makes a quick turn upfield, and is off to the races in the blink of an eye. He also has incredible awareness, making turns away from DBs to get open after he has the ball. Those YAC look really pretty.
4. Chris Olave, Ohio State (6’0”, 187lbs)
Like all the receivers in this class, Olave has great speed. He showed it both during his games and at the combine, posting a 4.39 40-yard dash. For this reason, he is a great deep vertical threat because he can easily create separation and stay in bounds with his incredible spatial awareness.
5. George Pickens, Georgia (6’3”, 195lbs)
Pickens has probably the best hands of this entire draft class. He plucks every pass thrown his way out of the air and always comes down with the contested balls. He’s aggressive in his play style and it comes up great for him. Injuries have affected his draft position, but he’s worth the risk.
6. John Metchie III, Alabama (6’0”, 195lbs)
Metchie has great explosiveness. If a DB is even a split second late, that’s already too much room for Metchie, who can very quickly use this to gain significant separation. Metchie’s injury history is concerning, but his raw talent means that I can’t drop him too far down this list either.
7. Skyy Moore, Western Michigan (5’10”, 195lbs)
For someone smaller than most WRs in this draft, Moore is difficult to bring down, able to shed of defenders and keeps pumping. Originally starting as a corner, Moore has a wide understanding of the game, making his route running seem so very fluid, especially when combined with those slick moves.
8. David Bell, Purdue (6‘1“, 212lbs)
Bell is slower than most of these receivers, but it doesn’t affect him. He prefers to use his agility and physicality to move the ball. He is able to move out of tackles and consistently puts up points. He’d be great on the outside.
9. Christian Watson, (6‘4“, 208lbs)
Watson has some really strong “building blocks” for a great wide receiver. He’s athletic, fast, and has incredible length. He has very limited experience but, with the chances he’s had, he’s given it his all. He’ll take time to develop, but using a late-round pick on him wouldn’t be a waste. He can train up into an elite weapon.
10. Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama (6‘1“, 194lbs)
Athletically, Tolbert has the makings of a great WR. However, he lacks skill in route running, something that can be worked on and developed. He can eventually move into a starting role on the outside and would make a huge impact.
All of these WRs are predicted to be taken in the first or second round, which is exactly where I want the Buffalo Bills to pick up a receiver. They need a strong, reliable WR, especially with the departure of Beasley. Any of these players would be a good candidate.
What do you think of this wide receiver class? Am I a future GM? Leave a comment below!!