Buffalo Bills: Rueben Randle and Potential WR Fits in the NFL Draft's 2nd Round

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIApril 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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.

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates runs with the ball during their game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka
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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.


Name School Conference Receptions Yards
Rueben Randle  LSU SEC  53  917  8
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.