The Draft Network’s Brad Kelly recently had an article matching second-year quarterbacks with receivers in this year’s draft. I thought this was an interesting article and was intrigued by thinking about it. Below (in italics) you can see what he thinks.
Josh Allen – Kelvin Harmon (Pick 40)
Buffalo’s wide receiver core needs work, so much so that the position might be one that they target at pick number 9. Zay Jones and Robert Foster make up a solid young pair, but Buffalo needs to add size to their wide receiver room. While Josh Allen showed promise in his rookie season, there were still flashes of the inaccuracies that were present on his college tape.
Kelvin Harmon is an accuracy-fixer of a receiver, with an expanded catch radius and the strength to win through contact. He’s not going to blow the doors off of anyone athletically, but he has refinement in his route running that creates consistent throwing windows. This type of wide receiver pairs with Allen’s skill set and the Bills current depth chart.
Harmon is one of the top receivers in the draft this year and can help Allen’s development. He is a big bodied receiver who knows how to use his body to win. He will win contested balls more often than not. Harmon is also one of the most polished route runners in the draft.
Harmon could help the passing game in Buffalo without question. Buffalo has ranked at the bottom to the NFL in passing as long as I can remember. With Allen’s inaccuracies, Harmon is able to adjust and use his body to make catches.
I also feel that Anthony Johnson from the University of Buffalo could help Allen. Johnson played with a quarterback similar to Allen’s skill set in college. He can be a reliable pass catcher, who can catch fast balls and adjust his route to a mobile quarterback.
Right now, the receivers in Buffalo are Robert Foster, Zay Jones, Duke Williams, and Isaiah McKenzie. This core could use an upgrade right away. Who would you prefer the Bills draft?