Bills poised to nab playmaker in 1st round

Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A

The Buffalo Bills had arguably one of the best statistical years in recent memory during the 2013 season. Doug Marrone brought in coordinators that were able to get the most out of the talent on the roster. Nathaniel Hackett had the Bills ranked 2nd in rushing. The defense played  well under Mike Pettine and finished 10th overall in total defense and 4th overall in passing defense.

Despite these accomplishments, there is room for improvement in 2014. One of the most glaring shortcomings of the offense in 2013 was the passing game. The Buffalo Bills finished the 2013 regular season ranked 28th in passing. If the Bills want to see EJ Manuel succeed, their passing game will need to improve dramatically.

With that in mind, my ideal selection by the Bills would be: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. Currently ranked as the best WR in the draft by CBS Sports, the Bills could use a WR with Evans’ size, strength, and hands. From CBS Sports:

Highly physical receiver who uses his size and strength to simply bully defenders. Possesses an NFL-ready body, aiding him in his fight through press coverage.

Possesses excellent body control and sticky hands to make difficult receptions. Shows the ability to track passes over either shoulder, as well as the balance and hand-eye coordination to turn and adjust to the ball. Excellent red-zone target.

Evans challenges cornerbacks to tackle him, initiating the contact and, at times, dragging would-be tacklers for extra yardage. Does not possess elite burst but is a smooth accelerator with deceptive straight-line speed, making him a very effective deep threat.

Evans could be the man the Bills need to help EJ Manuel develop and complement both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods in Hackett’s offense. While the Bills could use upgrades at three offensive line positions, and the team still lacks an elite TE, Evans looks to be the best offensive option available for the Bills with the 9th overall pick.