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Report: Buffalo Bills eyeing bigger WRs in Round 1

It'd be an interesting decision by the Bills...

Most draft analysts see the Buffalo Bills addressing their front seven in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.

There are some analysts who have Buffalo going with offense in the first round of the draft, but it's generally at offensive tackle. Jack Conklin and Taylor Decker are two pre-draft visitors who could come in and start at right tackle immediately. A few mock drafts even have Buffalo targeting Paxton Lynch in the first round. One position that hasn't been talked about much as of late is wide receiver. According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, the latest buzz has the Bills looking at bigger wide receivers in the first round of the draft.

The Bills could certainly look to add a wide receiver to complement Sammy WatkinsRobert Woods is Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver, but he's entering the final year of his rookie contract. Behind Woods, the Bills don't have much proven talent. The likes of Greg Salas, Jarrett Boykin, Leonard Hankerson, Greg Little, and others are currently set to compete for the third wide receiver job. Any of the receivers mentioned by Miller would likely be an upgrade over this group.

It's entirely possible that Buffalo is sharing this information as a smokescreen. It's hard to envision the Bills passing up on some of the defensive prospects who will be available at pick 19. However, the interest could also be real. Perhaps the Bills will trade down in the first round to acquire extra picks and late in Round 1, Laquon TreadwellJosh Doctson, and Michael Thomas would be seen as great value picks.

Treadwell's stock has fallen due to his 40-time, but he is still one of the best receivers in the draft. At 6-feet-2-inches tall, Treadwell is praised for his good hands, ability to win jump balls, and good footwork. 

Doctson, also 6'2", is a smooth route runner who has good speed. He's the smallest receiver of the trio listed above at 202 pounds.

Thomas also has good size (6'3") and speed (4.55 40-yard dash). He has the potential to be a red zone threat in the NFL.

Buffalo's offense will likely be among the league's leaders in rushing so it's entirely possible that this is a smokescreen. However, if the team wants to open things up for Tyrod Taylor in his second season at quarterback, any of these players could be in play in the first round. 


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