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Top targets for Bills in Round Two

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills have the ninth and the 14th picks in the second round today.

Their top need is a wide receiver, and here are the top targets, by our estimation: Southern California's Robert Woods and Tennessee's Justin Hunter. Woods is a smooth receiver with three strong years of production. He's somewhat similar to ex-Bill Peerless Price. Woods is 6 feet, 201 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.51 seconds. Hunter is bigger -- 6-4 and 196 pounds -- and is a true, outside, vertical threat. He has a 39.5-inch vertical jump. He has 4.44 speed in the 40-yard dash. And he produced for more than one year. Hunter had 73 catches for 1,083 yards and 9 TDs last season.

Either of those two would be a great addition for the BIlls. There is only one team picking ahead of the Bills with a gaping need at receiver. That's the Jets at No. 39. Of course, it's hard to predict. San Francisco, at 34, has few needs and can pick any position. If Woods and Hunter are gone, next best probably are: Terrance Williams (Baylor), Cal's Keenan Allen (who has injury issues), and Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton (who I sense may not be as polished as the Bills want). Baylor's Williams is a good option.

What about the other pick? Cornerback, tight end, linebacker and guard are needs.

Top rated on our board at those spots: Boise State's Jamar Taylor, Mississipi State's Johnthan Banks, UConn's Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Kentucky guard Larry Warford, Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, Southern Mississippi linebacker Jamie Collins, Louisiana State linebacker Kevin Minter. At tight end, the top guys behind Ertz are Rice's Vance McDonald and San Diego State's Gavin Escobar.

Collins is a huge talent who might be tough to pass on at 46. McDonald is fantastic but he might not last to the Bills' pick in the third round.

Ideal day for BIlls: 41: Justin Hunter, WR. 46: Jamar Taylor, CB. 78: Vance McDonald, TE.

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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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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