Many evaluators and fans have Wide Receiver Zay Jones linked to the Buffalo Bills. Receivers coach Phil Mcgeoghan coached Zay into a record breaking season in 2016 and is now on the Bills staff. But I put that aside, and studied what offensive coordinator Tony Peterson asked of Jones in his offense last season and discovered many traits that lead me to believe that he would be a great fit in Rick Dennison’s offense.
Besides his versatility to play inside our outside, Jones is the best route runner in this draft in the short to intermediate area. He uses sharp cuts to gain leverage on defenders, reads coverages well and knows how to find zone windows. Especially over the middle of the field, this is a trait that I am sure the organization and Tyrod Taylor will love. His hands are also the best in this draft. He is a natural hands catcher and can catch through contact. He will need to continue to improve his play strength, especially in his lower body so that he can work through press coverage.
I expect him to be drafted in the early 2nd round, but don’t be surprised if he slips into the first especially if WR John Ross‘ medical evaluations are as bad as reported.
He has all of the tools to develop into a reliable target at the next level.
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Overall Grade: 83.333 2nd round grade
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