Choosing not to bring back Devin Singletary to this point, the Bills are in the market for another running back to pair with second-year pro James Cook and veteran multi-faceted back Nyheim Hines.
Later in the second round, with their second pick, Buffalo goes running back with Zach Charbonnet out of UCLA. While Cook is a well-rounded back and Hines offers special teams and receiving prowess, Charbonnet brings a different vibe.
The UCLA product is an absolute rank, standing 6-foot, 213lbs. He is a downhill runner who can bang between the tackles and offers the Bills excellent goal line upside as well. Over the last two seasons with the Bruins, Charbonnet ran for over 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground.
Today’s NFL almost always sees successful teams use multiple backs, and these back fields have to contain different types of players. Charbonnet fills a need in his style of running and gives Buffalo a well-rounded trio.
Not only does Charbonnet run hard, but he can also catch the ball. Typically, bigger backs aren’t seen as pass-catching specialists. But, he’s different. He can catch the football much better than one would think at first glance.