Bills Check Out Dressler at Pro Day

Former North Dakota receiver, Weston Dressler drastically improved his draft stock at UND's Pro Day Monday. The Bills were one of six NFL teams on hand, and it's no secret that WR is a chief concern heading into the draft. Here's what shook down in Fargo...

Weston Dressler has been in discussions with two Canadian Football League teams, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan.

But after an all-around near-flawless pro day in front of six NFL teams, Dressler's ultimate football dreams remain south of the border.

The 5-8, 172 lb. North Dakota wide receiver/return specialist is fighting an uphill battle as a diminutive wideout that excelled against Division-II competition. Not a good combo. On Monday, however, he may have earned himself a late-round flier pick or (most likely) a post-draft free agent signing.

Dressler's 40-time was not available after the workout (he's run a 4.4 in the past). His best work came in other drills. He showed natural hands in route-runnning work, while also displaying surprising agility in the shuttle run.

"I didn't get to see any of the times," said Dressler in the Grand Forks Herald. "But all the scouts said good things to me afterward. For the most part, they liked that I was well prepared and in shape."

In the vertical leap, Dressler jumped 35 inches, as he also recorded a broad jump of 9 feet, 5 inches. He was joined by five other former Fighting Sioux players.

At North Dakota, Dressler set 19 school records, including receiving yards (1,272 in 2007). In his final two seasons, he caught a combined 166 passes and 29 touchdowns. Dressler was also a dangerous returner. NFL scouts at the pro day had Dressler field punts. In his sophomore season, Dressler averaged 15.2 yards per punt return with three touchdowns and 25.2 yards per kick return with one more score.

"Hopefully I'll get a chance to sign as a free agent," Dressler said. "I want to get into camp and prove something. I'm just going to wait around until after the (NFL) draft and hopefully get a phone call."

A Bills prospect?

Unless Buffalo is worried about a team jumping at Dressler in the draft, they'll probably wait until the auction-esque, free-for-all free agent signings in the frantic hours after the draft to pursue Dressler.

Lee Evans, Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish are the Bills' only returning contributors from last season at WR. Unless they sign a veteran from now to late April, they'll have no choice but to draft multiple wide receivers and plug in rookie free agents afterwards.

Now, Dressler is officially in the notebook.

One NFL Draft site has Dressler as a 77th rated WR in this year's draft. He's a faint blip on the NFL radar. But Dressler certainly helped his cause Monday. Six teams, including Buffalo, saw that his juggernaut statistics are accompanied with above-average athleticism.

Teams always are in the hunt for punt returners (see: two crucial Philadelphia Eagles' fumbled punt returns in a Week One, 16-13 loss last year).

The Bills have one of best return units in the league with Terrence McGee on kicks and Parrish on punts, but a little insurance wouldn't hurt.

Dressler should find a home somewhere after the draft. Luckily, the Bills have a visual to put with the numbers and he may have an opportunity to fight for a roster spot on a currently weak crop of wide receivers.

Tyler Dunne is the Publisher of the BFR. Contact him at thdunne@gmail.com


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