Buffalo Bills 5-round mock 2024 draft including 3 wild trades

Ladd McConkey
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Buffalo Bills trade out of the first round and still land a future star receiver

R2: pick 33 - Georgia receiver, Ladd McConkey

When the Bills' pick at 28 came up, two receivers were sitting there that I liked, Brian Thomas Jr., and Ladd McConkey. Both ran their 40s in under 4.4 seconds, which is a must as far as I'm concerned. I talked about traits not being everything but it's part of the equation. You simply can't coach up the traits, either a player has them or he doesn't. Both of these guys possess all the traits but it came down to McConkey being the better route runner. He's just a more polished receiver right now and should be able to step right in and start day one.

Mock draft trade #1

Some analysts have said McConkey is this year's Puca Nacua. I'm not going to hold my breath on that comp and expect record-breaking numbers from McConkey, but I do think he can produce right away and provide the Bills with not only that deep threat with speed, but he can operate underneath as well. McConkey ran a 4.39 at the NFL Combine, which will help his draft stock, moving him up to the early second-round range, possibly even into the first round.