The skinny on Aiken

Buffalo picked North Carolina receiver Sam Aiken with its second fourth-round pick (30th pick, 127th overall) acquired through a trade with Green Bay on Saturday. The 22-year-old Aiken is 6'2", 209 pounds. He caught 68 passes for 990 yards and four touchdowns his senior year. He had 2,205 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns during his career.

Aiken is a Kenansville, N.C. native.

From the MySportsDaily 2003 Guide compiled by Frank Cooney:


Positives … Quick-twitch type with deceptive speed and good strength … Has a very good knowledge of the offensive game plan … Competitive enough to fight for extra yardage after the catch … Shows functional acceleration off the line … Runs crisp routes, coming in and out of his breaks sharply … Fluid in his stride … Does a nice job of tracking the ball in and makes proper body adjustments going for the pigskin in traffic … Has the natural hands needed to make all the catches … Strong runner who is very tough to bring down in isolated coverage … Makes a good effort as a blocker … Quick to spot when the quarterback is in trouble, coming back to make the underneath catch … Fearless over the middle, making the acrobatic catches seem routine … Maintains body control, balance and agility when knifing through traffic.

Negatives … Lack of sustained quickness results in him being taken down from behind too often … Does not explode coming out of his cuts, needing to gather before heading upfield … Can catch the ball away from his body, but tends to lose concentration with the defender in front of him … Appears sluggish on his initial burst and has to do a better job of using his hands to get a push off the defender to defeat the press.

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