Sunday, May 19, 2013
Poll: Buffalo Bills' rookie impact
By James Walker
On Saturday, I wrote a column in the AFC East blog about the immense potential of the Buffalo Bills' 2013 draft class. This group could lay the foundation and eventually be the building block that ends the team's 13-year playoff drought.
But which rookie in Buffalo will make the biggest immediate impact this season?
Will it be first-round pick EJ Manuel? The former Florida State star is in a three-way competition with veterans Tarvaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb for the starting quarterback job. Manuel must first beat out two players before he gets on the field.
What about rookie wide receivers Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin or Da'Rick Rogers? Woods is a polished receiver who appears NFL ready. He is the early favorite to start opposite 1,000-yard receiver Steve Johnson. Goodwin is probably the fastest player from Buffalo’s draft class and brings big-play ability. Rogers has all the measurables and talent to be an NFL receiver but must overcome his off-the-field issues.
Finally, on defense we have rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso. The former Oregon star is an aggressive player who is expected to bring a much-needed mean streak to Buffalo’s defense. Could Alonso make the biggest rookie impact?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which Buffalo draft pick will have the best rookie season in 2013. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.