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3 reasons the Bills should draft: East Carolina WR Zay Jones

Position: Wide receiver.
School: East Carolina.
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 201 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds. Bench press: 15 reps. Vertical jump: 36.5 inches. Broad jump: 11 feet, 1 inch. 3-cone drill: 6.79 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.01 seconds.
Career stats: 50 games, 41 starts, 399 catches, 4,279 yards, 23 TDs.
Draft projection: Second-third round.


1. He's got the bloodlines. Jones' father, Robert, was a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, winning three Super Bowls in the 1990s, including two over the Bills. His uncle, Jeff Blake, played 14 years at quarterback in the NFL, including a long stretch with the Cincinnati Bengals. Additionally, Jones' brother, Cayleb, played in college for Texas and later Arizona.

2. He's a record setter. Jones' college stats jump off the page – he set the NCAA record for most receptions in a career (399) and the single-season record with 158 catches in 2016, which went for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns. A first- or second-team All-American by most media outlets, he was also a first-team American Athletic Conference selection.

3. His character is top notch. Jones' scouting report on makes mention of how scouts rave about Jones off the field. His bio on East Carolina's website describes him as "personable" and "polished."

Fun fact: Jones' wide receivers coach with the Pirates, Phil McGeoghan, currently holds the same position with the Bills.

They said it: "Possesses high football character and a desire to push himself forward. Record-breaking receptions totals in 2016 were due more to scheme and excessive targets than separation ability or top-end speed. As a one-on-one receiver on the pro level, he will have to prove he has the speed and quickness to uncover against man coverage if he is to become more than just wide receiver depth.” – draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Texas RB D'Onta Foreman.

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