The Buffalo Bills have added three receivers in the first three rounds of the last two drafts. Could they target another wide receiver at the top of the 2014 NFL Draft? It's possible, as Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com explained in his Fan Friday column this week.
"The Bills tallest receivers are Marcus Easley and Stevie Johnson," wrote Brown in an answer to a fan question on big receivers. "Both are 6’2" and Easley is a bit thicker at 217 pounds. (Chris Hogan) is 6’1" and (Robert Woods) is 6’0". As I mentioned above I think a big receiver that can be a dependable red zone target will be something that Buffalo will target in the offseason. Whether it’s a free agent or a rookie in the draft is hard to say at this point."
Earlier in the post, Brown answered a different question on what the Bills might target in the draft. He listed offensive tackle and linebacker as places the Bills could improve but then added a red zone target to the list, specifically mentioning a receiver who could win jump balls.
Checking in on the wide receivers that could come out in the 2014 draft, Mike Evans of Texas A&M might be the best man to fit the bill (pun intended). He's 6'5", 225 pounds and had a remarkable game against Alabama earlier this season. As a redshirt sophomore, he could go back to the Aggies but with Johnny Manziel expected to depart, it's a solid bet that he'll have little to gain with another year at College Station. Evans is currently 18th on SB Nation's Big Board.
Other tall receivers in the top 100 to keep an eye on are Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews (6'3", 205 pounds, 40th overall ranked player), Penn State Nittany Lion Allen Robinson (6'3", 211, 48th), and the biggest of the bunch Brandon Coleman of Rutgers (6'6", 220, 82nd). The next tier has Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) and Cody Hoffman (BYU).
With Scott Chandler an impending free agent, it's also worth noting that Doug Whaley could elect to add a big, strong tight end instead of the receiver to be a red zone target. Texas Tech's Jace Amaro (6'5", 260 pounds), North Carolina's Eric Ebron (6'4", 245), and Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6'6, 276) are all in the Top 100, as well.