Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans was among the pre-draft visitors to One Bills Drive today. His playmaking ability would make him a popular pick among a lot of fans for the Buffalo Bills, who own the ninth overall pick in the draft.
Clemson's Sammy Watkins is the No. 1 rated receiver in the draft, and it's likely he will be gone before the ninth pick. Evans is rated second behind Watkins by many. Evans, 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds, had 69 catches for 1,397 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He's expected to be picked somewhere between seventh and 15th. Former Dallas personnel chief Gil Brandt says Evans "has the best hands I've seen since Calvin Johnson."
The Bills, however, are less desperate for a big wideout than they were two weeks ago, because they acquired 6-foot-5 Mike Williams in a trade with Tampa Bay.
Also visiting the Bills were Southern California center Marcus Martin, who many rate as the top center in the draft, and running back Jerick McKinnon of Georgia Southern. McKinnon played running back and quarterback in college. He ran the 40-yard dash in a time of 4.41 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also had a vertical jump of 40.5 inches, second best among all running backs in the draft.
Meanwhile, the Bills announced they have signed three players with two or fewer years experience - receiver Chris Hogan, fullback Frank Summers and offensive lineman Antoine McClain. The Bills had retained their rights in March by making them contract offers. Hogan played in all 16 games last season and made 10 catches. Summers played in 15 games