The Buffalo Bills decided to take a chance on versatile offensive weapon Ray-Ray McCloud with the No. 187 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Buffalo Bills decided to address the wide receiver position in the sixth round.
The Bills drafted Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud with the No. 187 overall pick, who comes in perhaps without a true position on offense.
According to his NFL.com draft profile, written by Lance Zierlein:
"He lacks the physical and play traits teams look for at either receiver or cornerback, but he has some punt return potential that could help his cause. He’ll need a strong Combine to help his draft stock, but practice squad may have to be his goal for this season."
McCloud finished the 2017 season with 46 receptions for 502 yards and a touchdown. However, he only managed one yard on three receptions in the Sugar Bowl.
At 5-foot-9 or 5-foot-10, depending on the source, McCloud comes in as more of a versatile threat than someone the Bills will rely on at receiver right away. He has the ability to help in the backfield, out wide or in the return game.
This is a solid pick late in the draft as the Bills take a player who can do multiple things both on offense and in the return game. The problem is the team really could have used a true receiver. Unless the team is going after Dez Bryant, I don’t see a big acquisition coming soon for the 2018 season. There seems to be a lot of faith in Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones, even after his offseason incident.
If McCloud can even just come in and provide a spark in the return game, he can become a valuable pick for Brandon Beane. And who knows, maybe he will blossom into a legitimate threat on offense. He wouldn’t be the first late-round pick to surprise.