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Seven Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Pre-Draft Visits

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills used almost a quarter of their pre-draft visits to interview potential early-round receiving targets like Texas A&M’s Mike Evans. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Since the beginning of April, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 29 potential selections in this year’s NFL draft on official visits with the team. It appears as though the team is not using its 30th allotted visit, as Sunday was the NFL’s deadline for pre-draft visitors.

As the team had a finite limit of how many players it could bring to One Bills Drive, the visits list gives a telling indication of what the Bills could be looking for in this year’s draft.

It gives us a better indication of which positions the Bills are looking to draft than it does which players they will actually select. While Buffalo only drafted two of its pre-draft visitors last year—Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel and Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks—its six picks in the first five rounds all came from positions at which the team hosted at least five prospects (quarterbacks, wide receiver, linebacker, safety).

With that in mind, we can get a good idea of what positions Buffalo is looking to upgrade in this year’s draft, what type of players they are looking for at those positions, and more.

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2014 Buffalo Bills Pre-Draft Visit Tracker

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills looked at a potential upgrade for their offensive line Friday when they visited with Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As the Buffalo Bills prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft, they are allowed to bring up to 30 players to One Bills Drive for on-site pre-draft visits. Though it’s dangerous to read too much into those visits for projections, they can be a good indicator into not only what prospects the Bills want to get to know better, but also what schools, positions or types of players the team might be keeping a close eye on.

The Bills hosted one player, Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, for a pre-draft visit Friday. Kouandjio, who could be among the team’s strongest second-round options if he is available at the No. 41 overall pick, is the 29th player to visit the Bills, leaving them with just one official visit. During the team’s pre-draft luncheon Friday, general manager Doug Whaley said the team “probably won’t have anybody else” in for a visit, as the league’s deadline to host official visits is Sunday.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Wide Receivers

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Sammy Watkins is one of seven wide receivers graded as first-round talents in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

With seven players graded in the first round and 11 in the first two rounds, this is one of the best wide receiver classes I have ever scouted. Quality prospects with exciting playmaking potential can be found in each round of the 2014 draft.

Sammy Watkins is the premier talent in the group. He has a bright NFL future ahead of him. His value rivals that of top-tier prospects like AJ Green and Julio Jones, who were both selected in the top six of the 2011 NFL draft.

36 receivers in this year’s class have draftable grades, making this the year for teams to add weapons to their offenses.

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Big Targets Produce Big Results: Potential Bills Wide Receivers in 2014 NFL Draft

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills could reunite EJ Manuel and Kelvin Benjamin to add a big receiving threat to their offense. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills made a concerted effort to improve their wide receiver corps last year by drafting two players at the position in the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. In their rookie seasons, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both showed diverse, NFL-ready skill sets as pass-catchers and route runners.

Goodwin is a deep threat who also shows the ability to create in the open field and work underneath. Woods is a pure possession receiver who has great hands and knows how to get open. Despite their relative success, however, the Bills still do not have a wideout who provides the physicality and large target emblematic of a true No. 1 receiver.

The Bills could go a long way towards remedying the struggles they had offensively this season if they can land a safety valve and reliable red zone target for quarterback EJ Manuel. The following receivers could bring the size and physicality the Buffalo offense needs.

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