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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Western Michigan WR Corey Davis

Position: Wide receiver.

School: Western Michigan.

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 209 pounds.

Combine stats: DNP. Pro Day: DNP. Forced to miss both events while recovering from an ankle injury suffered while training for the Combine, but is expected to do something for teams by the middle of the month, just before the draft.

Career stats: 50 games, 326 catches, 5,212 yards, 51 TDs.

Draft projection: First round.

Reasons:

1. He looks the part of an NFL-ready receiver. Clemson's Mike Williams is universally regarded as the best receiver in the draft, but Davis isn't too far behind – if he's behind at all. His talent matches up with anyone at the position in this year's college crop. He checks all of the boxes for size, speed, strength, and athleticism. He improved his production each season, and his career receiving yards set an FBS record.

2. He dominated MAC competition. That Davis didn't face many NFL-caliber opponents could be held against him, but the fact he consistently overwhelmed his mid-major competition makes it less relevant. So, too, is the fact he performed well against Big Ten schools. Teams have tried double- and even triple-teaming him, and he still is able to make plays. He appears to have all of the physical qualities that would allow him to either assume a No. 1 role as a rookie or move into that spot no later than his second season.

3. He is a mostly quiet assassin. Davis doesn't say a whole lot. He simply does his job, showing tremendous polish for someone who doesn't come from a big program. His route-running is exceptional, and he already demonstrates a firm grasp of the importance of hiding or disguising his intentions after coming off the line. His size and power should also help him to beat the heavy press coverage he can expect to face as a rookie.

Fun fact: Davis is in line to join Randy Moss (Marshall, 1998) as the only first-round receivers from the MAC.

They said it: “I love both (Williams and Davis), but I have Corey Davis as my top guy. I think they’re both No. 1 guys. When people ask, ‘What’s the definition of a No. 1 receiver?’ I say that it’s on third down or in the red zone, when everyone in the whole stadium knows where it’s going, and the defense can’t do anything about it. I think both of those guys fit that description. I think they’re ready to come in and make an immediate impact on Day 1." – NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

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