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.