A Pair Of Wide Receivers Highlight Three Bills Draft Options For 28th Overall Pick.

We are fully into NFL Draft mode as Bills fans, and there are no shortages of opinions on what Brandon Beane and the Bills front office should be looking to accomplish this draft cycle. One thing is for certain – even after the Curtis Samuel signing, outside wide receiver remains a big focus.

Along with the 28th overall pick, Buffalo has eleven picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, let’s take a look at wide receiver draft options that the Bills could, or should, consider drafting to help bring the Lombardi Trophy to Buffalo.

Wide Receiver Options For 28th Overall Pick

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Xavier Worthy, University of Texas

Nobody stole the show at the NFL Scouting Combine this year like Xavier Worthy. An explosive playmaker with game-breaking speed, Worthy broke the record in the 40-yard dash on his second attempt, logging an official 4.21 40 time. Buffalo will certainly be looking to address wide receiver with the expected departure of Gabe Davis, and a utility weapon like Worthy that can take the top of the defense would certainly fit the bill.

Beane said during media availability at the Combine that they value speed, explosiveness, and “guys that can turn a five-yard catch into 50 yards.” If Worthy is still available at 28th overall, he is well within what the Bills could be looking for.

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Adonai Mitchell, University of Texas.

That’s not a typo. Worthy had a running mate at Texas by the name of Adonai (AD) Mitchell, and he can also fly. Mitchell showed up to the Combine 10 pounds heavier than he was listed, which is a big deal in a good way. Measuring in at 6’2” 205lbs, he threw down a 4.34 40-yard dash to go along with a 39.5” vertical leap and 11’4” broad jump. Mitchell was always going to test well, but he tested much better than expected.

Mitchell is a better route runner than most give him credit for. If Buffalo wants a bigger wide receiver that can win on the boundary but still offers plenty of athleticism, Mitchell should be high on their board for options available at 28th overall.

Wide Receiver Options For Day 2 Of The 2024 NFL Draft

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Javon Baker, UCF

Javon Baker is flying under the radar in this draft class, but he’s a dangerous boundary wide receiver with decent size at 6’1” and 202 pounds. Many people aren’t familiar with his game; Baker played at UCF which wasn’t largely on the national stage last fall, and it’s tough to get film on him.

The senior is coming off 52 receptions, 1,139 yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns, and he looked fantastic at the Senior Bowl. Baker is polished and smooth through his movements and is natural at going up and getting the ball above the rim.

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Keon Coleman, Florida State University

Keon Coleman has had a wild pre-draft process, including a huge momentum swing within the same workout session of the Combine. Coleman ran poorly, logging a 4.61 40-yard dash, but the rest of his athletic testing was fantastic. At 6’3” 213 lbs, Coleman had a 38” vertical jump and a 10’7” broad.

The momentum swing for Coleman came in the on-field drills, where Coleman was tracked as one of the fastest receivers on the field as he ran the gauntlet drill. Coleman has extreme confidence in his hands, is an alpha when the ball is in the air, and has a world of athletic upside. There’s a chance Coleman could be in play at 28th overall, and I’m not sure he’d be on the board at their next selection at 60th. To me, Coleman could be a candidate for Beane to trade up for.

Wide Receiver Options For Day 3 Of The 2024 NFL Draft

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Ryan Flournoy, Southeastern Missouri

The Bills currently have a whopping nine picks on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft, and with the way Beane enjoys trading, I’m expecting some of them to be used as ammunition to move up. Still, those picks will also be used to add depth to the roster, and Ryan Flournoy is a name to watch in the later rounds.

Flournoy looked great at the Senior Bowl, showcasing excellent route running and strong hands, and continued his impressive pre-draft process with an excellent showing at the Combine. At 6’0” 202 lbs, he’s another average-sized wide receiver, but his 4.44 40-yard dash, 39.5” vertical, and 11’0” broad jumps were all terrific numbers. Flourney can win at all levels of the field and is an intriguing late option.

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Jadon Janke, South Dakota State

Diving deep into the wide receivers with this one, but Jadon Janke is a sleeper option worth paying attention to. Janke was present at the Shrine Bowl and made multiple impressive catches, showing good body control, sideline awareness, and strong hands.

Janke was a problem for opposing defenses in his career with nuanced and subtle route running, consistently winning in his routes and finding himself open. The 6’1” 205 lbs receiver finished his collegiate career with a 10-touchdown season. Janke can line up outside or inside and understands how to manipulate leverage.

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