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In a 2009 tight end-loaded draft class, people will start to see that as many as four tight ends could have an impact in their first season.
Brandon Pettigrew, Jared Cook, and Chase Coffman will all be big helps to their teams, along with others, but Shawn Nelson fits a role perfectly in Buffalo.
Nelson is one of the most athletic tight ends in the league already, but not in the sense of the receiver-like Gates or the physical Gonzalez. Nelson has great hands, runs solid routes for the tight end, and is a receiver threat in the red zone. Lee Evans and Terrell Owens aren't fade route receivers, so when the goal line comes in, the Bills can split Nelson out wide and give him the lob.
He should get around 500 to 700 receiving yards and five to seven touchdowns, which is very solid for a tight end.