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Wide Receiver Prospects Every Buffalo Bills Fans Should Know

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The Buffalo Bills could be in for a shake-up in the bottom half of their depth chart at wide receiver. John Brown is a candidate to be cut to save cap room. Isaiah McKenzie and Andre Roberts are both free agents.

The loss of Brown means the loss of speed on the boundary; a player to stretch the field and take the pressure off those underneath. The Bills still have Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis to fill the roles on the boundary. However, if one of them misses time with injury the Bills will find themselves in a situation like 2019, where Brown was really the only player on the roster capable of playing on the boundary and it stunted the passing game.

The loss of McKenzie and Roberts means the loss of gadget players (jet sweeps) and return ability. If you look at the remainder of the depth chart (Jake Krumerow, Duke Williams, Isaiah Hodgins, Tanner Gentry), there is a severe lack of speed and game-breaking ability. Field position was a crucial part of Buffalo’s offensive success in 2020. They need to find a punt returner they can trust.

On the latest episode of The BF War Room, BF Draft Commentators Steve Mathes, Dave Tilton, Kevin Guerrard, and Zach Vaughn discussed several prospects to fill these wide receiver roles:

Rondale Moore | Purdue (5’9″, 175 lbs)

Projected Round: 2nd

Roles Filled: Gadget/hybrid player (WR and RB) who can return kicks with limited ability on the boundary.

Dyami Brown | North Carolina (6’1″, 195 lbs)

Projected Round: 2nd-3rd

Roles Filled: Boundary receiver who can stretch the field.

D’Wayne Eskridge | Western Michigan (5’9″, 190 lbs)

Projected Round: 2nd-3rd

Roles Filled: Slot receiver with gadget and return ability.

Elijah Moore | Ole Miss (5’9″, 184 lbs)

Projected Round: 2nd-4th

Roles Filled: Versatile (inside, outside, and gadget) with return ability.

Amari Rodgers | Clemson (5’9″, 211 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Roles Filled: Slot receiver with gadget (limited RB) and return ability.

TuTu Atwell | Louisville (5’9″, 165 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-4th

Roles Filled: Slot receiver with gadget, return, and limited boundary ability.

Demetric Felton | UCLA (5’8″, 190 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Roles Filled: True gadget player (WR and RB) who can play in slot and return game.

Jaelon Darden | North Texas (5’9″, 170 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Roles Filled: Slot receiver with gadget, return, and limited boundary ability.

Dazz Newsome | North Carolina (5’11”, 190 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Roles Filled: Slot receiver with return and gadget ability.

Ihmir Smith-Marsette | Iowa (6’2″, 190 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Roles Filled: Boundary receiver with gadget and return ability.

Anthony Schwartz | Auburn (6’0″, 180 lbs)

Projected Round: 3rd-5th

Roles Filled: Speed receiver with gadget, slot, and limited boundary ability. Can develop into return man.

Dax Milne | BYU (6’0″, 190 lbs)

Projected Round: 4th-6th

Roles Filled: Receiver with inside/outside versatility and return ability.

Cade Johnson | South Dakota State (5’10”, 185 lbs)

Projected Round: 4th-6th (potential sleeper; could go sooner)

Roles Filled: Receiver with inside, outside, and gadget versatility. Can serve as return man and gunner on special teams.

Marquez Stevenson | Houston (5’10”, 182 lbs)

Projected Round: 5th-7th

Roles Filled: Receiver with inside, outside, and gadget versatility and return ability.

Cornell Powell | Clemson (6’0″, 205 lbs)

Projected Round: 5th-7th (potential sleeper; could go sooner)

Roles Filled: Boundary receiver with slot flexibility.

Shi Smith | South Carolina (5’10”, 185 lbs)

Projected Round: 5th-7th

Roles Filled: Slot receiver who can serve gadget and kick return roles.

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