With the No. 107 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Connecticut wide receiver Marcus Easley.
Bills GM Buddy Nix disclosed his aversion to one-year wonders at his introductory press conference last December, but that's exactly what Buffalo is getting in Easley. His physical talent is elite; he's 6'3", weighs 210 pounds and can cover 40 yards in 4.46 seconds. But until he broke out with a 48-catch, 893-yard, 8-touchdown senior season, Easley had exactly five - yes, five - receptions over the first three years of his collegiate career.
Easley is capable of stretching the field vertically. But he is very much a project receiver that rose up draft boards thanks to some very solid pre-draft workouts. He enters a very green Bills receiving corps, where he'll compete for playing time alongside the likes of James Hardy, Steve Johnson and Chad Jackson.
Buffalo's next pick occurs in the fifth round at No. 140 overall. They still have major holes to address at quarterback and linebacker, though it appears that Nix and the scouting staff are content to take the best player available on their board. Easley fills a need for more talented depth at receiver, but boy, Nix is showing some cojones leaving the offensive line alone to this point.
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