Friday, April 26, 2013

Bills snag pair of wide receivers in Day 2 of draft


With Stevie Johnson as the lone wideout with any sort of game experience on the Buffalo Bills depth chart, it was only a matter of time until general manager Buddy Nix took a receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft.

He found two in fact, grabbing one in each round Friday as the team worked to build around its newest quarterback additions and revamp its passing attack. (photo: Neon Tommy, Flickr)

The first receiver selected was Robert Woods, who came out of the team's first pick in the second round (41st overall).

Woods, a proven product with nearly 3,000 receiving yards with the Trojans, showed he can be effective on the outside or in the slot with USC, giving the Bills some much-needed versatility in the passing game.

With the fourth-most receptions in college football last year and 32 touchdowns in his three-year collegiate career, the tall, 200-pound receiver looks to be a solid complement to Johnson.

In the speedster department, the team couldn't have done much better, adding Texas receiver and Olympic track star Marquise Goodwin in the third round (78th). Goodwin is a complement to T.J. Graham, the team's second round pick in 2012, and he was used in numerous ways in the Longhorns offensive scheme, getting touches as a wideout, running back and return specialist.

Versatility is likely the name of the game here with the multi-talented Goodwin, as the added speed will likely be an instant bump to the team's already deadly special teams squad. Goodwin will join playmaker Leodis McKelvin on punt and kick returns, where Buffalo ranked fourth and first overall last season, respectively.

Buffalo's passing game was ranked 25th last year, dealing with injuries from the recently departed David Nelson and Donald Jones and an ineffective scheme under coach Chan Gailey. The additions add depth and speed to a squad in desperate need of some help, though it will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator and now-veteran Stevie Johnson handle the array of young, inexperienced talent on the depth chart.

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