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The Bills are intrigued with WR Derek Hagan, but they need a reliable No. 2 WR
The wide receiver position is very deep in this year’s draft. However, it’s also a pretty deep position on the current roster.
Buffalo has a lot of intriguing options already hoping to step up as the answer to the No. 2 wideout problem, but they all come with question marks.
David Nelson is penciled in as the slot receiver. Meanwhile, Donald Jones, Marcus Easley, Ruvell Martin, Derek Hagan and David Clowney all have talent and downfield ability. But none has proven it with consistent play.
As a result, the Bills want to add competition at wideout with someone who can challenge those guys to step up (or to step up himself) and be that outside complement to Steve Johnson they’ve been lacking.
The team’s goal, which probably goes without saying, is to get to the point where there isn’t a drop off between the first-team guys and the second-team guys. In other words, the position should be deep enough and consistent enough that if one player goes down, the machine and momentum can keep going on offense.
A couple of players were brought up in the press conference, namely Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd and Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill.
Chuck Cook described Floyd as big, physical, strong-handed receiver who has great body control and a lot of upside. In general, these are the things most fans have been hearing about over the last few weeks.
Meanwhile, the scouts and coaches were all very impressed with Stephen Hill and his rare physical abilities. The speed he offers at 6’4” is uncommon, and his athleticism offers a lot to an offense. The challenge here, according to Cook, is trying to balance Hill’s physical abilities with the fact that those abilities were not fully utilized in college. He didn’t really have a chance to be “running the route tree,” but he does have the potential to do it at the next level.
Floyd is widely considered to be a Top-10 pick, while Hill has boosted his stock into first-round territory with an impressive offseason.
But with a deep class, Buffalo could wind up taking someone else later in the draft.