The 2016 NFL draft will be an important time for the Buffalo Bills to fill some holes on their roster. What happens after the draft will be just as important.
At the conclusion of the draft, teams will immediately start calling undrafted free agents to fill their roster. It's important to find players who fit your system and have the potential to develop into NFL contributors. One such player that the Bills should potentially target is Citadel WR Brandon Eakins.
The wide receiver didn't contribute much in terms of stats (14 receptions, 216 yards, two touchdowns), but Eakins was a part of a triple-option offense that focused on running the ball. His main responsibility at Citadel was to block for his teammates. At Citadel, Eakins developed into a very good blocking receiver. Considering that the Bills operate in a run-first offense, this should endear him to Buffalo.
It's no surprise that at the end of March, the Bills were one of three teams (Chiefs and Browns) to have a scout at Citadel's pro day to watch Eakins. The wide receiver didn't disappoint. According to The Post and Courier, Eakins put up some terrific pro day numbers:
Vertical: 38 inches
40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps
Broad jump: 10-feet-5-inches
Eakins told The Post and Courier that he hopes to get an opportunity in the NFL as an UDFA and explained that the pro day was important so teams could see him as a receiver.
“That’s the main difference between me and the other receivers coming out,” said Eakins. “The scouts haven’t seen me catch a lot of balls on my highlight tape. There are some good blocking skills on my tape, and that’s one of the good things about coming out of the triple option. I’ve shown that I can block, and I wanted to come out here today and show that I can run routes and catch balls.”
Considering that the Bills sent a scout to watch Eakins perform, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Buffalo target the receiver as an undrafted free agent.null