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The Buffalo Bills selection was seen as a 'tremendous value.'

Jonathan Williams could contribute to Buffalo's offense as a rookie.

Danny Shimon of the National Football Post selected one rookie from every AFC East team that could be a 'sleeper' in 2016. For the Buffalo Bills, Shimon selected running back Jonathan Williams. According to Shimon, the Bills received 'tremendous value' when they selected the former Arkansas Razorbacks running back. Here's a snippet of what Shimon said about Williams:

Although running back was not a need position for the Bills heading into the draft they received tremendous value with the selection of Williams in the fifth round.

In Williams the Bills are getting a runner who possesses good size with some wiggle to him and someone that demonstrates the ability to make defenders miss at the line of scrimmage as well as in the open field. Williams has good vision and balance with quick feet that allow him to avoid some of the trash at or near the line of scrimmage. Although he does not have game breaking speed Williams can hit a gap and rumble 15 to 20 yards before a defender catches him.

Shimon went on to mention that Buffalo's top two backs, LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, missed nine games in 2016 and that the rookie running back could contribute immediately as a rookie.

Considering the Bills want to utliize a run-first offense, Williams' addition to the roster makes plenty of sense. Last year, the Bills depended on backs such as Anthony Dixon and Cierre Wood when they were banged up. Having players like Williams, Mike Gillislee, and James Wilder Jr. as depth options will certainly protect the Bills in the event that they're hit with injuries again in 2016.

You can view all of Shimon's AFC East Sleepers here: Danny Shimon's AFC East Class Sleepers


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