Prior to this season, not many thought much of the 2019 draft class in terms of receivers. That sentiment has quickly changed as this receiver class may not have tons of elite receivers, but it has a ton of depth and variety.
Sitting at No. 9 overall, there may not be a receiver worth taking there. A few names that may sneak into that conversation are D.K. Metcalf (Ole Miss), N’Keal Harry (Arizona State), Riley Ridley (Georgia) or a late riser in the draft process. A lot of that comes down to health (Metcalf) and workouts/combine results (Harry, Ridley and the field).
Unless one of those players establishes themselves as the elite playmaker of the draft, this class is so deep that waiting until the second round may be the better decision. Names such as Hakeem Butler (Iowa State), Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (Oklahoma), Kelvin Harmon (NC State) or even Anthony Johnson (Buffalo) could all be available in the second or in Johnson’s case, the third round.
Judging by their love of immensely athletic players and their belief in themselves to develop them, Metcalf and Butler are up there as athletes.
Metcalf is 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds. He can run, jump, catch, dive, cut and do everything you need a receiver to do. His issues are a relatively low amount of experience and a neck injury.
As for Butler, he is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound monster on the outside. Harry, another freak athlete, could be in the conversation as well with a 6-foot-4 frame. Each has size and a massive catch radius, something that pairs well with Allen.
There is a great deal of talent in this draft and talent is certainly something the Bills need at the receiver position. While there are needs such as the offensive line, tight end, running back and the defensive line, there will certainly be a receiver available when the Bills are picking in either of the first three rounds that could make an impact.