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Bills Add TE Fine in Round 4, Too

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Fine could see field as TE or HB option (Photo Source)

With the 132nd overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Kansas tight end Derek Fine.

After addressing the defensive side of the football with three of their first four picks, the Buffalo Bills have added a second receiving threat to their arsenal with the addition of Fine.  A reliable receiving target for an upstart Kansas team this past season, Fine will add to the competition at a rather weak tight end position in Buffalo.

What you see is what you get with Fine, and he's a typical Dick Jauron guy.  Fine measures in at 6'3" (short for a tight end), 251 pounds and has average speed, running a 4.83 in the 40 yard dash.  He has reliable hands, is smart and reads coverages very well, and knows how to get open.  Because of his recognition skills, he was lined up all over the field in Kansas, including on the line as a natural tight end, in the slot as a receiver, and in the backfield as an H-Back.

There are, of course, downsides to Fine as well.  He is not considered a top blocker and lacks the bulk to consistently hold his own at the point of attack.  He also lacks the speed and burst to exploit defenses down the seam.  He is not believed to have a lot of upside, but the skills that he does possess are blue-collar and make him a natural fit in Buffalo.

If you're looking for instant offensive impact with Fine, you may have to wait.  Fine will need to improve his route-running before he can be a consistent threat.  But he has the potential to be a go-to player on underneath throws - something QB Trent Edwards likes to exploit - and he also has the ability to play special teams in a number of roles right out of the gate.  This is a smart kid and a pretty safe pick.

This is your open thread until Buffalo's next pick, #147 overall (fifth round).

Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
13 46 394 0 8.6 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0