With the general consensus surrounding the Buffalo Bills and what they'll do with the ninth overall pick on Thursday being that they're likely to take offense, a plethora of players have already been linked to the franchise.
You've seen the names before: Sammy Watkins, Jadeveon Clowney, Jake Matthews, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron, Taylor Lewan, Zack Martin. Although he's been thought of as a sleeper candidate for the Bills in the past couple of weeks, LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has been linked to the team by a national writer just a couple of days ahead of the draft.
In his mock draft attempt, Sports Illustrated's Peter King selected Michigan's Taylor Lewan for the Bills at ninth overall. However, it was in his commentary that the adoration for Beckham, Jr. was revealed.
"Keep in mind that GM Doug Whaley is very much open for business here, and could trade down and still get another guy they love: Odell Beckham." - Peter King
For all the reasons that the Bills love Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and the versatility that he can bring to the team on offense, Beckham, Jr. offers a similar reasoning for the fit but only on a lesser scale. Watkins is an elite prospect right now, whereas there is more projection to the LSU wideout's game at this point.
However, he has the speed, hands and explosion that the Bills would be looking for. Plus, they would be able to line him up both in the slot and on the outside as one of the Bills' main three targets. Would it likely mean the end of either Stevie Johnson or Mike Williams, at the latest, following the end of 2014 season?
Probably. But the hope for a player like Watkins or Beckham, Jr. would be for offensive coordinator to have weapons to move around enough to keep defenses on their toes. And, both players can turn a small reception into a big gain which could be extremely valuable in a primarily short throw, timing offense led by EJ Manuel.
King had Beckham, Jr. being selected at 15th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded with the Pittsburgh Steelers to move up and acquire the LSU wideout.