Bills – 3 “Bigger” Backs Buffalo Could Target in the NFL Draft

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Hunter Luepke is listed as a fullback on some sites, while other sites have him as a running back.  Either way, Luepke is a big back at 6’1″ and weighing in at 236 pounds.  He’s definitely a running back that fits the “bigger” profile that Brandon Beane is looking for this offseason.  He also ran a 4.65 40 at the NFL Combine.

Hunter played in 43 career games and totaled 998 snaps during that time; however, only carried the ball 247 times over a four-year collegiate career.  He also added 24 career touchdowns, with nine in his senior year.  He reeled in 38 receptions in college for 494 yards.

The reports on Luepke say he’s a capable receiver, particularly in the screen.  This is something the Buffalo Bills haven’t really shown a knack for but if they can incorporate this into their short-yardage game plan, Luepke could provide some flexibility and creativity in the red zone.

He’s also shown an ability to move the pile, knocking defenders back and getting those tough extra yards.  The Bills have capable running backs in James Cook and Nyheim Hines but having someone like Luepke to line up in the backfield inside the five-yard line could be exactly what this team needs.  This gives them more options other than a Josh Allen sneak or quarterback power sweep.