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Road to the Draft: Robert Woods

By Mark Gaughan

Robert Woods

Position: Wide receiver.
School: Southern California.
Measurements: 6-foot, 201 pounds
40 time: 4.51 seconds. Vertical jump: 33.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.47 seconds.
2012 stats: 76 catches, 846 yards, 11 TDs.
Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: Woods was one of the top recruits in the country for USC coming out of high school and enters the NFL as a productive, polished athlete. He’s a versatile receiver who can play outside or in the slot, and he projects as a quality No. 2 wideout in the NFL, as long as his medical results are satisfactory. His style bears a resemblance to that of ex-Bill Peerless Price, although he's a tad bigger and was much more productive in college than Price. If the Bills don't go for a wideout in the first round, Woods could be a consideration in the second. Woods was the first true freshman to start a season-opener at wideout for the Trojans in the post-World War II era. He caught 65 passes as a freshman in 2010. As a sophomore, he caught 111 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was fourth in the nation in catches and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. USC was 10-2 that season but slumped to 7-5 in 2012. Woods’ numbers dropped to 76 catches for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns. Woods dropped to No. 2 in the passing game behind another top national recruit, Marqise Lee, who caught 118 passes as a sophomore. Woods gets separation in and out of his breaks and can run after the catch. He has a lean build; he’s not an imposing physical specimen. There’s doubt about whether he can be much of a deep threat in the pros. His medical questions relate to ankle surgery performed after the 2011 season. He did not seem quite as explosive last season.

He said it: Woods on his best attributes: "My quickness to get in and out of my breaks at the top of my routes. My high school coach always told me, 'One, two,' which is, 'At the top of your routes, get out in two steps.' In high school, it seemed impossible. We were taking like three or four steps. But in my head, I still think, 'One, two.' And that allowed me to get out of my breaks a lot quicker. My hands, I would say, are a strength, looking the ball in. I caught a lot of passes, so that helps me as well. And my third strength, I guess, track background, with the speed and the quickness into my breaks. That allows me to stop on a dime, and I think that helps me as well."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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