BUFFALO, N.Y.- With three picks on Day 2, the Buffalo Bills addressed two more team needs: wide receiver and linebacker.
The Bills selected USC wideout Robert Woods with the 41st overall pick, Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso at 46 (from St. Louis) and ended the night with Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin with the 78th pick.
Woods is not a flashy receiver but his production is award-winning. In 2011, Woods caught 111 balls for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to a consensus First Team All-American selection as a sophomore.
As a junior, Woods' production along with the rest of the USC offense, but still totaled 76 catches and 11 touchdowns, earning him Second Team All Pac-12.
Alonso is not the fastest linebacker of the bunch, but at 6'4" he is one of the biggest. Despite his size, Alonso gets low when pursuing ball carriers, allowing him to get leverage at the point of attack. His anticipation needs a little work, but his long stride helps close the gap between him and the ball carrier. I expect him to be a strong addition to the run defense.
Goodwin is the 5'9" wild card. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.27 seconds) at the 2013 NFL Combine, but did not produce much at Texas. Goodwin had his best season in 2011, catching 33 balls for 421 yards and two touchdowns.
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and head coach Doug Marrone like Goodwin for his speed but were impressed by his downfield blocking. Goodwin does not want to be considered a track star playing football. However, until he plays on a Sunday in the fall, it will be tough to shake the perception.
2 On Your Side's Jonah Javad (Twitter: @JonahJavad) is at Ralph Wilson Stadium this weekend and will have updates throughout the NFL Draft.