Two down, five to go. The Buffalo Bills continued signing their draft picks on Thursday with TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee.
With the team focused on beefing up its front seven, it waited until the 192nd overall pick to address receiver and hopes it found a deep threat in Listenbee. A track star who was once timed at a sizzling 10.03 seconds in the 100, Listenbee played through a double sports hernia last season in finishing with 30 receptions for 597 yards (19.9 avg.) and five touchdowns. Through that same injury, he still ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. For what it's worth, his track coach at TCU believes Listenbee could run in the 4.1's when healthy at a lighter weight.
The year before, Listenbee had 41 catches for 783 yards and four scores. Meanwhile, in track, Listenbee anchored TCU's renowned 4x100 relay.
However you slice it, he'll have every opportunity to be the receiver taking advantage of one-on-one coverage opposite Sammy Watkins. It just may take a little time and a lot of coaching --- Listenbee himself admits he only ran three or four routes in college.
For more on Listenbee, here's our feature in The News that ran last week.
“You’ve got to master your craft,” Listenbee said. “If my bread and butter is to catch go balls, I have to make sure I catch all of them. ... That’s what fans love. That’s what sells tickets — touchdowns. If I go out there and make plays over the top, I can have a long career in the NFL.
“From what I see on the team,” he said, “I think greatness is coming for the Bills. If it’s more touchdowns that we need, I can try to help out with that. Hopefully we get an AFC Championship and a NFL Championship as well.”