Elijah Higgins is another bigger, more physical receiver. He is 6’3″ and weighed in at 235 pounds at the combine. He’s not as fast as Bryce Ford-Wheaton, clocking in the 40 at 4.54. Next Gen stats rated his athleticism with a score of 76. He is also another one that could be had in the sixth round but with lots of upside.
Higgins doesn’t have as many games played as the other two but still has 37 collegiate games under his belt. His junior and senior years were his best. In his junior year, he recorded 44 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns. He had career highs in his senior year, with 59 catches and 704 yards, adding in two touchdowns.
Higgins has the ability and height to high-point balls but yet struggles with contested catches. When looking at his career numbers, 118 receptions, and only six touchdowns, it’s a little concerning, given his height and size. He should be a great red zone weapon, but the numbers don’t validate that potential.
Is it possible to transition Higgins to play tight end? He has the height but would likely need to put on at least another 10 pounds but there are a few examples of tight ends in the NFL that weigh less than Higgins’ 235 pounds. Maybe that’s a project the Bills would be willing to take on.