The Buffalo Bills went into the offseason needing a lot of help in the passing department, and got exactly what they were looking for with second-rounder Robert Woods.
A wide receiver hailing from USC, it’s expected that Woods will immediately slide in as the Bills’ No. 2 pass-catcher across from Stevie Johnson. Woods was arguably the most pro-ready receiver in the 2013 draft class, and shouldn’t have too much trouble being a contributor in Buffalo during his rookie campaign.
With three years of starting experience in the Trojan’s pro-style offense, Woods made a name for himself as a short-to-intermediate target with the quickness and precision route-running needed to put pro cornerbacks on their heels. Although he took a backseat to Marquise Lee during his final year at USC, Woods still projects as an impact receiver in the NFL.
Apart from Johnson, the Bills offer little in terms of starting-caliber talent. T.J. Graham, Marcus Easley and rookies Marquise Goodwin and Da’Rick Rogers are capable of contributing in 2013, but Woods shouldn’t have too much trouble staying ahead of all of them on the depth chart. Either way, expect to see Woods manning the Z receiver spot early and often this upcoming season.
Woods might be penciled in as a Day 1 starter, but he’ll have a tough time producing consistent numbers with the Bills’ unsure quarterback situation. However, if 2013 first-rounder E.J. Manuel can catch on quickly and develop some chemistry with Woods, the two could form a dynamic duo in the not-so-distant future.
There’s a lot of hope radiating from Buffalo that Woods will be their next great wide receiver. Those are high expectations for a rookie, but he definitely has the tools to deliver.
We’ll see in training camp if Woods can be the playmaker the Bills were looking for at No. 41.