Going into the 2012 season, the Bills have a dearth of true receiving threats on the roster.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a talented quarterback under the right circumstances, but without any help, he may be unable to lead Buffalo to a banner season this year.
Certainly, the Bills made a nice pick-up in resigning top wideout Stevie Johnson to a big contract. Also, the team returns valuable slot player David Nelson.
Realize, though, that the Bills don't have a true No. 2 target who can draw attention from Johnson.
In the second round, a host of talented receivers should still be available. Three particularly piqued my interest.
1. Rueben Randle, LSU
Randle is the perfect 'X' receiver for Chan Gailey and his staff. Randle can stretch the field with his 6-foot-3 frame and 4.5 speed.
The receiver has tremendous ability in terms of adjusting to throws and would thrive in Buffalo with their vertical passing game.
2. Alshon Jeffery
Bringing in Jeffery would be a commitment to stretching the field and trying to take the top off of the defense in 2012.
This physically-imposing behemoth has the strength and the athleticism to be an elite target opposite Stevie Johnson should the Bills bring him north to Buffalo.
3. Mohamed Sanu
Sanu is a bit lower on the list, but he still brings size and explosion at the split end position, something the Bills will covet in this draft.
The receiver is able to beat press coverage. and his strength will help him be a good player at the next level despite concerns about his speed and agility.
|Alshon Jeffery|| South Carolina ||SEC||49||762||8|
|Mohamed Sanu||Rutgers||Big East||115||1,206||7|
After glossing over the numbers, it's clear that Sanu was the most productive of the three profiled receivers. Upon further review, Sanu didn't play against the caliber of competition that Randle or Jeffery did.
Randle may be the safest pick here, and if he's available, there's no reason that the Bills shouldn't make the pick (barring something unforseen). The LSU receiver has coachable flaws in terms of his suspect route running.
Look for Jeffery and Sanu to be in the running with the 41st overall pick, and if the Bills can come away with any of the three, they'll certainly be set up for a solid 2012.