The Buffalo Bills traded up in the third round to the 69th overall pick to grab wide receiver T.J. Graham from North Carolina State. They moved up two spots with the Washington Redskins and gave up one of their two seventh round picks (217th overall) to get their speed receiver. The Bills had three glaring needs heading into the draft and they have now addressed all three with their first three picks.
Graham may not have the ideal size to play opposite of Stevie Johnson, but he has outstanding speed and head Coach Chan Gailey stated unequivocally that he will line up outside.
“He’s 5’11” and something and he can run by most everybody, I mean the guy can fly,” said Gailey.
“We like his speed and he can catch the football and return. They’ll have to cover deep,” said Bills GM Buddy Nix.
Graham was a successful punt and kick returner in college. He took back two kicks and two punts for scores in his four-year collegiate career. He has a track background, but never let it get in the way of football. Gailey indicated that they’re inclined to let him focus on receiver first.
“I don’t know that we’ll (have him return) off the bat,” said Gailey. “We’ll let him work at receiver and let him be proficient there.”
Graham will compete with Donald Jones for the WR2 spot opposite Steve Johnson. This is a camp battle to monitor.