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5 things about Bills seventh-round pick Tommy Sweeney

Here are five things about the Bills' second seventh-round pick, Boston College tight end Tommy Sweeney.

1.It's been a while. Sweeney is the first Boston College tight end to be drafted since 2004. Sean Ryan was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round that year.

2. The stats. Sweeney caught more passes in each successive season, playing all four years and starting 47 of 50 games. He had 26 receptions for 353 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore, followed by 36 catches for 512 yards and four TDs as a junior and 38 receptions for 348 yards and three scores as a senior. His receptions and yards as a junior led the team and e caught seven passes for 137 yards in the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa.

3. Nice mix. Sweeney made some highlight reel catches during his time at BC, showing off hands reminiscent of a wide receiver. But at 6-4 and 251 pounds, he was not reluctant blocker when the Eagles went to the run game, and they did that often. BC ran the ball almost twice as often as they threw it.

4. Getting better. Sweeney came to BC as a two-star recruit out of one of the nation's top high school programs, New Jersey's Don Bosco. He left college as a first-team All-ACC selection who received an invite to the Senior Bowl.

5. Scouting report. From's Lance Zierlein, "Reliable combination tight end with the competitiveness to handle the work asked from his position at Boston College. He'll need to get bigger and stronger for run-blocking duties as an NFL "Y" tight end, but he does have the ball skills to offer himself up as a reliable underneath option from time to time. Sweeney's lackluster play speed and athletic traits could limit his draft stock, but he should find a job as late-round, backup tight end."

Bills close out draft with selection of tight end Tommy Sweeney

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