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It has fallen to me to make the pick for the Buffalo Bills. As they are my favourite team, I hope I am qualified enough.
The Buffalo Bills have handed the keys to EJ Manuel, and with those keys he led a sputtering Bills offence. Surrounding him with more offensive talent seems to be the best route to take with the pick.
I was hoping that Clemson WR Sammy Watkins would be available, but he was off the board with the 2nd pick. Fortunately, the rest of the draft until my pick went alright, as all my back-up choices were available. I went with the best of the three, and think that if the Buffalo Bills were to get this player, they would be thrilled.
And so, my pick was…
Mike Evans, Texas A&M, Wide Receiver - The Buffalo Bills select Mike Evans with the 9th pick. Evans fills a need for the Bills. He will compete with Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods for playing time out of the gate and challenge for the # 1 receiver job. Other possible picks are CJ Mosley, a LB from Alabama, or Marqise Lee, a WR from USC.
Evans, a consensus All-American will be able to step in right away and help 2nd year QB E.J. Manuel with the passing game which ranked 28th in the league. The status of current Bills lead receiver, Stevie Johnson, is uncertain given his contract requirements. If the team and Johnson were to part ways, Evans would be able to easily step in and replace the mercurial talent.
The receiver corp is in need of a talent infusion, and either Evans or Marqise Lee would be good choices for the Bills with Sammy Watkins off the board. If the Bills look to go on the defensive side, Alabama LB CJ Mosley would be a solid choice.
I think Evans represents the best possible outcome as Watkins will likely be gone within the first five picks. He has the ability to make space and haul in tough catches, and in Buffalo’s rough climate, a receiver with great hands is a must. He is physical enough to compete against linebackers, so he will definitely see some time on the inside of Johnson, whose speed is still a threat.
Giving Manuel another target is only going to allow him a better chance to succeed next year. He has quality back field mates in CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson, so it makes sense to take another receiver, and give the Bills a dynamic offensive attack.