ORCHARD PARK, NY – One night after trading down in the draft and acquiring a haul of picks from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills were wheeling and dealing again in the early stages of round two, this time to move up. Buffalo sent their third round pick (44th overall) and the third round pick they received from the Chiefs yesterday (91st overall) to the Los Angeles Rams, to move up to the 37th pick and select East Carolina
Buffalo sent their third round pick (44th overall) and the third round pick they received from the Chiefs yesterday (91st overall) to the Los Angeles Rams, moving up to the 37th pick to select East Carolina wideout Zay Jones. Buffalo also added the 149th overall pick in the deal, which pushed their fifth-round pick total to four.
“The ice was getting awful thin at the wide receiver position in general,” McDermott said of the decision to move up. “There weren’t quite as many wide receivers, a few of them went early, and there weren’t many around at this level and we valued Zay and felt like we wanted to go get him and make sure we got our guy.”
Adding a versatile weapon like Jones should sit well with Bills fans, especially considering the team’s underwhelming depth chart of receivers behind Sammy Watkins.
Jones hauled in an FBS-record 399 receptions over his four-year tenure at ECU and is one of just 19 players in to compile over 4,000 career receiving yards at the FBS level. He also set the single-season reception record this past season, making 159 catches to go along with 1,746 yards (both school records) and finished with eight touchdowns.
Those gaudy numbers fuel the 22-year-old receiver’s unshakable confidence.
“I would say that I’m a natural football player. I have natural instincts for the game. I have the best hands in this draft class,” Jones stated via conference call with the local media. “I’m a pass catcher, I can create separation and go score. Besides that, I’m a great teammate. I play for my team and I’m an all-around hard worker.”
Jones certainly has plenty of reason to be confident. According to Pro Football Focus, he dropped just six of 164 catchable passes in 2016.
“I’m very confident. Very confident in myself and I don’t shy away from saying that,” Jones said. “I feel like you have to think that way and have that mindset.”
Buffalo certainly hopes Jones can back up that confidence at the NFL level.
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