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5 things to know about Bills' seventh-round pick Austin Proehl

The Bills selected North Carolina wide receiver Austin Proehl with the 255th pick in the draft. Here are five things to know about him:

1. He's the son of Ricky Proehl.

Ricky had a 17-year NFL career as a wide receiver from 1990-2006, recording 8,878 yards and 54 touchdowns with the Cardinals, Rams and a few other teams. Ricky was the wide receivers coach with the Panthers when Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane worked there.

2. He's fast.

Proehl said on a conference call that he ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at a regional combine before the draft. That would've been tied for third among WRs at the official NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which is invite-only.

3. He was injured as a senior.

Proehl broke his collarbone last fall. It was thought to be a season-ending injury, but he returned for Senior Day. His final stats last season were 21 catches in six games for 337 yards and one touchdown.

4. He projects as a slot receiver.

"He's going to be labeled as a guy that can play in the slot, and there's nothing wrong with that," Ricky Proehl told the Charlotte Observer. "I think the best thing for him is those guys — Sterling Shepard, Cole Beasley, Danny Amendola, Switzer — and the success they've had. There's a need for that position."

Proehl measures 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.

5. He might be the actual Mr. Irrelevant. 

"Mr. Irrelevant" refers to the last pick in the draft, No. 256. But with the "hype" around being Mr. Irrelevant, the true Mr. Irrelevant might be the guy picked one spot before the last player. That'd be Proehl.

Bills end draft with WR Austin Proehl, son of longtime NFL player who is ex-Panthers assistant

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