Buffalo Bills: Takeaways from Brandon Beane’s comments over NFL Draft
By Jason Mattis
Wide Receiver Group
Bills fans were excited to see two wide receivers drafted even after trading for Stefon Diggs. How much they can contribute is unknown though. At a position where you keep five or six players usually the Bills have three locked in in Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley. Isaiah McKenzie seems to be a gadget player they love so he probably sticks. From there the position group is unknown.
While Beane mentioned fourth round draft pick Gabriel Davis has limited route running tree experience, he is going to make the 53-man roster. His size, physicality, and catch radius can’t be ignored while seeing if Davis can expand on his route running. So that’s five.
That leaves guys like Duke Williams, Robert Foster, Andre Roberts, and 6th round draft pick Isaiah Hodgins vying for a potential last spot. Hodgins brings a very good double move and ability to set guys up skill set, according to Beane. That alone should be enough to beat out Foster who does the same yet hasn’t shown in two years he can do more than that. Roberts will need to hope the Bills continue to put a high value on kickoff and punt return yards or he is in serious trouble. With a kickoff return average of only 26 yards and a punt return best of 22 yards he is making it difficult to make his case of being kept.
In the end I see it coming down to Hodgins and Williams for the last spot. Rarely do GMs like to cut ties with a draft pick so soon so expect Hodgins to round out the receiving room although a players ability to contribute on special teams could ultimately swing the decision.