The Buffalo Bills have added a few receivers to replace Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in free agency.
Still lacking another playmaker and a real number two, the Buffalo Bills should look to the NFL Draft to add another receiver.
Here are three prospects that are likely to be available when the Bills are on the clock on day two of the draft.
Smith-Schuster was viewed as one of the highest ranked receivers early in the draft process, but with the emergence of guys like Corey Davis and John Ross, his stock began to fall. He is not short of talent, but with a quarterback carousel during the season, his production fell slightly in his final year.
However, over his last two seasons at USC, he posted outstanding numbers with 159 receptions for 2,368 yards and 20 touchdowns. Smith-Schuster’s ability to win jump balls and use his long arms and 10 1/2″ hands are intriguing for NFL teams. He won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he will be a reliable target, never missing a collegiate game.
His run blocking ability is important to Buffalo as well, after losing a guy like Woods in that category. Smith-Schuster should be available when the Bills are on the clock with the 44th overall selection.
The connection here is hard to ignore. The Buffalo Bills new receivers coach Phil McGeoghan spent last season with East Carolina and Zay Jones. Jones had a breakout year just in time for the NFL Draft.
Over the course of his senior season, Jones broke into the spotlight. He set a new FBS reception record with 158 in 2016 and now currently holds the all time FBS record with a total of 399 receptions.
Jones has a slimmer frame, weighing in at 201 lbs. and noticeably smaller hands than Smith-Schuster. Their game, however, is very similar. Jones also has a big catch radius and is able to aggressively go up for the ball with strong hands.
The numbers speak for themselves, NFL coaches and GM’s want production and he has enough for everyone. Jones could be targeted earlier than expected, but there is a good possibility of him being available.
Henderson is much different than the other two guys on this list. He comes in at 5’11” and weighed in at 199 lbs. at the combine.
Henderson forced 48 missed tackles according to Pro Football Focus, which almost doubled the next highest receiver. He can take the top off of a defense from anywhere on the field. Although he wont win a ton of 50/50 balls, he can turn short and intermediate routes to big plays with the ball in his hands.
Henderson is seen as a third-round prospect. 44th overall is high for Henderson, but he would be a quality difference maker for the Buffalo Bills if they select him in the third-round.
Out of the receivers in this draft, who would you like to see in a Bills uniform next season?