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Bills draft proven WR Robert Woods at No. 41 overall

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills got a receiver with a fine track record of production in Southern California’s Robert Woods with the 41st overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Woods, 6-foot-1 and 201 pounds, caught 252 passes for 2,930 yards and 32 touchdowns in a three year career at USC. As a junior last season, he caught 76 passes for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns last season

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. His style bears a resemblance to that of ex-Bill Peerless Price, although he was much more productive in college than Price.

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. He had ankle surgery after the 2011 season.


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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

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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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