Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Draft quick reaction grade: Marquez Stevenson

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 30: Wide Receiver Marquez Stevenson #5 from Houston of the American Team avoids being tackled by Defensive Lineman Shaka Toney #18 from Penn State of the National Team during the 2021 Resse's Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. The National Team defeated the American Team 27-24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 30: Wide Receiver Marquez Stevenson #5 from Houston of the American Team avoids being tackled by Defensive Lineman Shaka Toney #18 from Penn State of the National Team during the 2021 Resse's Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. The National Team defeated the American Team 27-24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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For the first time in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills did not select a defensive end or offensive tackle. Instead, with the first pick they received from the trade with the Houston Texans for their fifth-round pick, they selected wide receiver Marquez Stevenson from the University of Houston with the 203rd overall pick.

Stevenson was a productive deep threat for Houston over three seasons and had 22 receiving touchdowns on 147 receptions with an average of 15.4 yards per reception. He is a player that when he has the ball in his hands, there is a chance he takes it all the way.

He also was an electric kick returner for the Cougars and had 34 kickoff returns with an average of 26.1 yards per return. He also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in his final 17 games in college.

Quick reaction grade for the Bills selection of Marquez Stevenson: B-

This is a great value pick in my opinion because he is a player that can be another playmaker for Brian Daboll in this offense. He seems like a player that brings a very similar skillset to Isaiah McKenzie, and while the team did bring back McKenzie this offseason it was only on a one-year deal.

Stevenson is a player that can be motioned around the offense and used on sweeps and plays out of the backfield as well as a deep threat down the field for the Buffalo Bills.

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However, he may not need to wait to make an impact for this team until after McKenzie’s potential departure. The Bills will need to figure out who replaces Andre Roberts, who left this offseason in free agency, as their primary kick returner. This is a role that Stevenson should be able to compete for as a rookie.