With the 207th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected wide receiver, Isaiah Hodgins out of Oregon State.
In his early years before Oregon State, Hodgins was an all-state receiver in California before going to Corvallis. During his time as a Beaver, the Oakley, Ca., native recorded a career 2,322 yards and 20 touchdowns (tied for second-most at Oregon State) in 34 games played. In his senior season alone, Isaiah Hodgins recorded 13 touchdown passes, good for the second-most in a single season at Oregon State and recorded four separate 100-yard games.
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This garnered him multiple accolades including a 2019 All-Pac-12 First Team nomination by the Associated Press and a Second Team nomination by the Pac-12 coaches.
His selection marks the second receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft and the third to join the team since the end of the 2019 season and will share the same draft class as fourth-round selection, Gabriel Davis. The NFL is not new territory for the Hodgins family as his father, James Hodgins, was a former fullback for the St. Louis Rams and blocker for Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk.
Though Hodgins has the ability to make a play on the ball, NFL.com analyst, Lance Zierlein notes that he is a “potential inside/outside target with below-average speed but outstanding ball skills, instincts and will to make the contested catch. Scouts must balance his impressive pass-catching talent against issues eluding press-man and NFL-caliber coverage.”Hodgins is not the type of receiver to take flight right off the line of scrimmage but when given the time and place to make a play, he has shown he can.
Entering the Bills wide receiver room, which is the most competitive it has been in years, it is unlikely he would steal a starting position, but Hodgins brings great depth to a team that is all in this year.