Player Profile:Brandon Kaufman and the Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills brought in more help at wide receiver earlier this week in the form of an undrafted free agent, Brandon Kaufman.  Kaufman is out of Eastern Washington.

He is 6’5″ and weighs in a 216 lbs.

Kaufman’s draft grade is a 68.  What can we take away from his draft grade.  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! I say this because the Bills first round pick EJ Manuel has a draft grade of 68.7.  A player ranging in a grade from 50-69 will have this description…

A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.

If everyone went by draft grades, half of the guys may never be drafted or see the playing time that they deserve.  So the Bills with their first round pick drafted a guy that should have gone in the 4-7 rounds and is a potential backup with long term potential.

I digress, Kaufman falls into this category as well so as an undrafted free agent in this category it looks good, if we really cared what draft grades meant.

Kaufman has had his share of injuries as he missed his senior year with a knee injury and red-shirted in college due to injury hardships after breaking a metacarpal in his left hand one year.

Kaufman has not had to deal with a great amount of competition.  He is not a physical player and is slow off the line.  His route running has been limited as well.  Kaufman does have his size, which he uses to protect the ball from defenders, and he uses his length to his advantage as well.  He has good vision after the catch and is able to find the ball at its highest point.

For the Bills, I see this as a depth chart move as they need it at the WR spot.  He has great size and is similar to a David Nelson.  There could be a lot of potential here as his draft grade states.

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