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Robert Woods to Bills: How Does WR Fit with Buffalo?

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Robert Woods #2 of the USC Trojans warms up before the game against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

The Buffalo Bills drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft, and they supplied him with a legitimate receiving weapon in Robert Woods in Round 2.

Going into the draft, bolstering the wideout contingent was an absolute must, as Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham and Brad Smith are the only receivers on the roster who have caught a pass in the pros. 

Many expected the Bills to target a tall, "jump ball" pass-catcher in the second round, but with Tennessee's Justin Hunter off the board, Woods was the most complete and certainly the most refined and experienced wideout available. 

At 6'1'' and 201 pounds, Woods has the size to play on the perimeter, which should allow Johnson to kick into the slot where he's most dangerous. 

The former Trojans star isn't an absolute burner, but with 4.51 speed and a noticeable burst off the line, he can create separation down the field. 

However, Woods' true forte is the way he works cornerbacks in the short-to-intermediate passing game with gear switching and sharp route running. 

He wouldn't be labeled as "dynamic" in regard to his yards-after-the-catch capabilities but can make defenders miss in the open field with some quick-twitch wiggle and acceleration.

Essentially, he's an ideal hurry-up, West Coast offense wideout, which is likely why the Bills were so high on him. 

Somewhat surprisingly, Woods is a red-zone marvel, too. 

He caught 26 touchdowns over the last two years at USC, including 11 in his "down" year of 2012.

Woods won't outjump or outmuscle NFL defensive backs, but he and Johnson should be able to confuse secondaries when they're lined up on the same side of the field—Buffalo undoubtedly has two receivers who have an inherent knack to get open. 

Bills fans should be pleased, and so should Manuel. 

 

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