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Early look at wide receiver group in 2018 NFL Draft

Because Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, and Andre Holmes are the only Bills wideouts (who've played in a game this season) under contract with Buffalo in 2018, it's far from crazy to think the Bills will address the receiver position relatively early in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Let's take an early look at the top portion of the group of pass-catchers.

Courtland Sutton, SMU

Intimidating presence at 6-foot-4 with long arms, impressive leaping ability. Deceptively shifty after the catch. Caught 22 touchdowns in his final two seasons at SMU. Projection: Round 1

James Washington, Oklahoma State

Downfield burner with well-built frame. Body control is good. Strong hands on passes thrown outside his frame. Yards-after-the-catch wiggle is limited but straight-line speed is well above-average. Productive in all four seasons at Oklahoma State. Projection: Round 1 - Round 2

Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Slippery route-runner with quality athletic skills. Limited a bit in Alabama's run-heavy offense. Projection: Round 1 - Round 2

Anthony Miller, Memphis

Smaller, high-energy receiver who wins with speed and outstanding ball skills in difficult catch situations. Drops some easier passes. Go-to wideout in Memphis' offense for three seasons. Caught 31 touchdowns in his final two collegiate seasons. Projection: Round 1 - Round 3

Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State

Similar height to Sutton but more stoutly built. Not as dynamic as Sutton in the open field but can break away from smaller defenders after the catch. Dominates in contested-catch situations. Projection: Round 1 - Round 2

Deontay Burnett, USC

Lightning bug pass-catcher who demonstrated a flair for the highlight-reel catch. Sam Darnold's primary target over the past two seasons. Projection: Round 2 - Round 4

Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State

Tall, lanky wideout unafraid to leave the ground to make tough grabs above his head and away from his body frame. Dynamic after the catch. Projection: Round 3 - Round 5

Dante Pettis, Washington

Most accomplished return man to enter the NFL in a while. Change-of-direction ability is special. Stands around 6-foot-1 but not particularly well-built. Good hands-catcher. Rarely lets ball into his body. Had 15 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Only seven in 2017. Projection: Round 3 - Round 5

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