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Bills top 20 talents: No. 9 - Robert Woods

The Buffalo Bills have done a fine job in recent years of adding young talent through the draft, and number nine on the list is no exception. Early on in his college career, the next player was thought to have first round talent, but an injury kept him from fulfilling those initial claims.

Instead, the Bills got the man that has a solid blend of raw talent, on-the-field results and potential in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was part of the reason that made one of the mainstays of the team expendable this offseason, and one of EJ Manuel’s most trusted targets.

WR Robert Woods

Age: 22 (4/10/92)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 190

Why he’s here:
- Woods is as smooth a route runner as they come. He has a solid understanding of how to set up defenders, and he’s done so very early on in his career. Although he didn’t have spectacular numbers in the offense last year, the talent of Woods is evident enough for the Bills to look at him as a longterm number-two option at wide receiver. The only problem, though, is he isn’t likely to take over a game. He’s quick enough, savvy enough and has good enough hands to make an impact, but he lacks the elite traits of other playmakers on the team, such as Sammy Watkins. Regardless, he’s an outstanding talent that will be a permanent fixture in the starting lineup as long as he stays healthy.

2014 outlook:
- Woods will be one of the top two receivers in that base set alongside the presumed top wideout in Watkins. When the Bills go to three wide receiver sets however, Woods will provide the Bills the flexibility to play on either the outside or on the inside as the slot receiver. With Manuel a little bit more comfortable with the offense and his role in that offense, there’s a fair expectation that Woods’ stat line at the end of the year will receive a jump from where it was last season (40 receptions, 587 yards, three touchdowns).

Bills Top 20 Talents
20) TE Scott Chandler
19) CB Leodis McKelvin
18) QB EJ Manuel
17) DE Manny Lawson
16) LB Brandon Spikes
15) WR Mike Williams
14) CB Nickell Robey
13) C Eric Wood
12) HB Fred Jackson
11) DE Jerry Hughes
10) CB Stephon Gilmore
9) WR Robert Woods
8) ??? - Tuesday, July 14

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