Posts Tagged ‘Wide Receivers’

2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
The all-time FBS leader in receptions, Justin Hardy projects to the NFL as a slot receiver. (Photo: James Guillory — USA Today Sports)

The all-time FBS leader in receptions, Justin Hardy projects to the NFL as a slot receiver. (Photo: James Guillory — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

There was some controversy when East Carolina’s Justin Hardy, the Football Bowl Subdivision’s all-time leader in receptions, was left off of the semifinalist list for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award. He was the 2014 winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the nation’s top former walk-on.

Hardy surpassed former Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles this year for the record in career receptions, and currently has 376 with one more game to go in his final season. Going into the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3, Hardy leads the nation in receptions per game (9.17), is sixth in receiving yards per game (111.2) and is 20th with nine receiving touchdowns.

The third-team Associated Press All-American has accepted a Senior Bowl invite, and will look to continue to elevate his draft stock.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: West Virginia WR Kevin White

Friday, October 31st, 2014
Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft's top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft’s top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Each year there are a few prospects that have little to no draft expectations about them but skyrocket their stock during the season. Last year, we saw Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles go from no-name to No. 3 overall pick and current starter of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This year, it’s wide receiver Kevin White from West Virginia.

A junior college transfer from Lackawanna College, White had a quiet first season at West Virginia in 2013, totaling only 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns. He had little to no talk about him as a prospect.

This year, White has been flying onto big boards. He has 72 receptions, the second-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision, for 1,047 yards, the third-most in the FBS. He’s accounted for a third of his team’s touches through the air and about 38 percent of their receiving yards.

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Has the Buffalo Bills’ Mike Williams Experiment Already Failed?

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
It looks as though Mike Williams' run with the Buffalo Bills might not last long after he was inactive Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

It looks as though Mike Williams’ run with the Buffalo Bills might not last long after he was inactive Sunday. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide receiver Mike Williams in April, it looked as though the Bills were getting a bargain. A 6’2”, 212-pound pass-catcher who had at least 63 receptions and 771 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, Williams brought the size and experience Buffalo needed in its receiving corps.

Six months later, the trade hasn’t merited much value for the Bills.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Robert Woods

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The projected production of second-year wide receiver Robert Woods made veteeran Stevie Johnson expendable this offseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Expected to be a plug-and-play receiver when the Buffalo Bills drafted him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Robert Woods had a strong rookie season and developed immediate chemistry with the team’s first-round pick, quarterback EJ Manuel. In his second season, in which he will take over for Stevie Johnson as the Bills’ slot receiver, he has a chance to be an impact player.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Marquise Goodwin

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Marquise Goodwin made his share of big plays as a rookie wide receiver. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Put the ball in Marquise Goodwin’s hands and big things can happen. The speedy wide receiver only made receptions in seven Buffalo Bills games as a rookie, but five of those games included a receiving play of more than 20 yards. There are certainly a few defensive backs that tried to cover Goodwin in 2013 who would attest that speed kills.

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