Way back in March, we ran a poll asking which Buffalo Bills wide receiver had the "inside track" at the No. 2 (read: outside, edge, Z, flanker, etc.) wide receiver position. Overwhelmingly, third-year pro Marcus Easley - who has never played a regular season down in the NFL - ran away with the poll.
The bulk of the ensuing discussion, however, discussed who fans thought the team should take in the 2012 NFL Draft to add to the competition. T.J. Graham was not mentioned at all in that discussion, but he ended up being the guy that the Bills took to add to the competition anyway, so we're here today to re-run the poll.
Easley and fellow third-year pro Donald Jones were the two primary vote-getters the last time we did this, so we'll pit those two against Graham, with a write-in option for anyone looking outside the group. Our question again, however (which you'll answer after the jump): which of these receivers should get the first crack at winning a starting job?
The Incumbent: Donald Jones. Easily the most accomplished player on our short list (mostly because he's actually appeared in a regular season game), Jones opened the 2011 season in this role, catching 23 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown in eight games before landing on Injured Reserve. The team likes Jones' size (6'0", 214 pounds), strength and leaping ability, but he's had his share of struggles in extended playing time despite making plays here and there.
The Challenger: T.J. Graham. Chan Gailey told Buddy Nix that he wanted a receiver with vertical speed, and Nix went out and got him Graham. The ACC's career kickoff return leader ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the combine - most believe he can run faster - and others called him the most vertically explosive receiver in the draft. Graham finished his four-year career at NC State with 98 receptions, 1,430 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gailey made it very clear after the draft that the 5'11", 188-pound speedster was drafted to play outside, and not in the slot.
The Darkhorse: Marcus Easley. We'll call him the darkhorse for now, even though fans made it abundantly clear in March that he's the favorite in their eyes. Two separate health issues - one a knee, one a mysterious heart ailment that had doctors wondering if Easley could return to football - have kept the 2010 fourth-round pick from participating in all of the last two years save for one training camp and four pre-season games. He caught seven passes for 96 yards and a touchdown last pre-season, and also had a 46-yard kickoff return. The team remains high on him athletically, as he's got a potentially elite size (6'2", 217 pounds) and speed combination (4.39-second 40-yard dash at the 2010 combine).
The Darker Horses: Everyone Else. If you're voting other, let us know why you're backing either Derek Hagan, Brad Smith, Ruvell Martin, Naaman Roosevelt, Kamar Aiken or David Clowney.