Buffalo Bills: 5 players the Bills missed out on at the NFL Draft
Wide Receiver – Penn State
Drafted No. 113 overall (Round 4 / Pick 13) by the Denver Broncos
Thin at wide receiver, Hamilton was available still in the fourth round where most had him going at least a round earlier. Not taking advantage of Hamilton’s slide down the draft charts can come back to haunt Buffalo because of his ability to fit right in at the slot and his long-term potential overall.
Hamilton has good size at 6-foot-1 and can play the slot or on the outside. Not a burner by any means, he ran a 4.47 at his pro day to show that he has adequate speed. His hands are not the best as he catches more with his body, but his routes are crisp and he can beat defenders with his precise body movements.
While it may not speak to his talent as it was a weaker draft for receivers and he went in the fourth round, Hamilton didn’t exactly play in a pass-first offense at Penn State. Saquon Barkley was the main option and Penn State’s vertical game was not anything to write home about. However, Hamilton has real talent and can contribute.
With Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin as the only real receiving options for the Bills, there are plenty of open spots to be taken advantage of. Jeremy Kerley seems to be the front runner at the slot receiver role, but with a strong camp, Hamilton could have taken over that role from Kerley much like Jones earned a starting position last season.
In Denver, Hamilton is earning first-team reps across from fellow 2018 draft pick Courtland Sutton. Several years down the road, Hamilton may be a very good starting option and part of an impressive one-two punch for the Broncos.