The biggest name at the OSU Pro Day in 2023 as far as the Buffalo Bills are concerned, was wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Coming off a hamstring injury that hampered him for much of the 2022 season, Smith-Njigba opted not to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
However, he still showed elite route running skills that make him a first round draft target in a draft that does not have many elite wide receiver options. Wednesday he did run the 40, clocking in at 4.48 seconds, which would have been in the top 20 of all receivers at the combine. The drills that he did participate in at the Combine (20-yard shuttle, 3-cone) returned elite scores.
With a return to full health, and showing adequate speed to pair with his elite tools, agility and route running, Smith-Njigba has positioned himself near, if not at the top of the list for wide receivers entering the 2023 Draft.
For the Buffalo Bills to select Njigba, they would likely need to trade up from their current slot (27) and secure an earlier spot in the first round. While they have several needs left to address this offseason, the opportunity to add an elite playmaker on a rookie deal to pair with Stefon Diggs may have Beane intrigued.