This year “Underwear Olympics,” otherwise known as the NFL Combine, is in the books.
While trusting the tape is the most important part of identifying potential targets for your team, the combine can help prospects fly up draft boards around the league. In some post-combine mock drafts around the league, the Buffalo Bills are landing some prospects who stood out in Indianapolis.
Here’s a look at the latest mock draft selections for Buffalo from ESPN’s Todd McShay, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
: Clemson WR Tee Higgins
Let’s find Josh Allen a receiver to pair with John Brown. I thought about Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State), but his game is very similar to Brown’s. What the Bills want instead is a big, strong receiver who can make tough contested catches and create matchup problems in the red zone. Enter Higgins, with his 6-4, – pound frame. He will come down with any ball thrown his way and then make defenders miss with his strength. The Bills also will be looking for offensive linemen, but the value isn’t right at No. . And while they could also use a running back to pair with Devin Singletary, that’s a position that can be addressed on Day 2.
Higgins has been a popular mock draft selection for the Bills. The Clemson wide receiver did not take part in any drills at the combine, but he met with multiple teams and went through medical testing. Higgins was one of Buffalo’s (formal interviews) in Indianapolis.
: Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos
(The Bills could go WR here, but Gross-Matos is a big-upside player at a position of need.
Gross-Matos did not run the 52 -yard dash at the combine, but he performed well in other areas. He displayed a – inch vertical jump, the fourth-highest mark of any defensive lineman at the combine, as well as other drills that showed off his movement skills.
Like Higgins, Gross-Matos met formally with the Bills at the combine.
: LSU WR Justin Jefferson (After running a 4.) 45 in Indianapolis, any talk of Justin Jefferson falling in the draft is officially over.
The LSU star receiver was already billed as one of the best route-runners in the class, but after showing home run speed, it’s easy to see teams lining up to fall in love with him. The Buffalo Bills, a team with a desperate need for a game-changer at wide receiver, should be first in that line.
Jefferson doesn’t have the elite size some would like to see Buffalo add, but his routes and agility are a quarterback’s best friend. With big-play potential after the catch and the speed to stretch the field, Jefferson is what quarterback Josh Allen needs.
Jefferson was a big winner at the combine and may end up being the best overall available when the Bills are on the clock at pick 40. In addition to Jefferson, Miller had the Bills selecting Lenoir-Rhyne S Kyle Dugger and Boise State EDGE Curtis Weaver on the second day of the draft.
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