2017 NFL Draft: Bills trade up to take Zay Jones, addressing a need at receiver

With the No. 37 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select wide receiver Zay Jones from the East Carolina University. Buffalo traded pick No. 44 and No. 91 to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for No. 37 and No. 149. 

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Pete Prisco's Grade: B+

He caught a ton of passes at East Carolina and will be a nice replacement for Robert Woods. He will be a 75-catch player in a year.

Instant analysis 

The Bills lost a ton of their pass-catching talent this offseason and have health questions surrounding No. 1 wideout Sammy Watkins. Jones comes in and should help right away. He has great size (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) and speed (4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and put up some absolute monster numbers at East Carolina, increasing his catch and yards totals with each passing season. That all culminated in a 158-catch, 1,746-yard, eight-touchdown campaign during his senior season. He should give Tyrod Taylor another reliable target on the outside right away, and though he's not a huge big-play threat, he will help move the chains consistently. 

Fantasy impact

"The Bills needed a receiver in the worst way with only Sammy Watkins a credible threat for Tyrod Taylor. It's doubtful Fantasy owners are going to target Jones in the majority of seasonal leagues, but he should be considered a second-round pick in rookie-only drafts." – Jamey Eisenberg

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