Most prognosticators felt Reed would go to Green Bay in the first round with the 28th overall pick, but the Packers trashed that strategy when they traded up to the 20th pick and took receiver Javon Walker of Florida State.
The next receiver wouldn't be taken until the first pick of the second round when the Houston Texas opted for Florida underclassman Jabar Gaffney.
The Bills, who appear poised to make a free agency move to acquire New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, took Reed to complement their corps of former Southeastern Conference receivers – Eric Moulds (Miss. State) and Peerless Price (Tennessee).
Reed is the highest picked LSU receiver in the NFL draft since Eddie Kennison was a first-round choice of the St. Louis Rams in 1996.
SEC FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN
The SEC was well represented with six picks in the first round of the draft, exceeded only by the Big East's eight choices. Miami led its league with five players chosen among the first 32.
Other SEC players taken in the first round include:
Jaguars - John Henderson, DT, Tennessee
Saints - Dontae Stallworth, WR, Tennessee
Titans - Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee
Saints - Charles Grant, DE, Georgia
Eagles - Lito Sheppard, CB, Florida
Steelers - Kendall Simmons, OT, Auburn