NFL Draft 2017: Bills move up to get record-breaking Zay Jones

Jones will reunite with new Bills receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, who held the same position at East Carolina.

Zay Jones is moving from East Carolina to the NFL, but he'll have some continuity.

The Bills moved up to draft the ECU receiver Friday with the 37th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Jones will reunite with new Bills receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, who held the same position at East Carolina.

Jones probably has the best hands in this year's draft class and is certainly the most accomplished receiver.

The Bills moved up seven spots from 44 to 37 and sent the 91st overall pick in the third round to the Rams. The Bills also got a fourth-round pick (149th overall) from the Rams.

Jones, the son of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Robert Jones, set the NCAA single-season record last season with 158 receptions for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.

Of the 158 catches Jones had last year, 91 of them were for first downs. He is the NCAA’s all-time leading receiver at the FBS level with 399 receptions for 4,279 yards and 23 touchdowns. He had a great week at the Senior Bowl in January. Senior Bowl director Phil Savage told Omnisport Jones was "clearly the best receiver" in Mobile.

In addition to his excellent hands, the 6-2, 202-pound Jones showed off his athleticism and surprising speed at the combine with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash. He has explosive acceleration off the line and is a smooth and precise route runner to go with reliable hands. Jones has just about every tangible and intangible quality NFL coaches love.

"He’s a kid who I like. He has a great work ethic," longtime NFL receivers coach Jerry Sullivan told Omnisport. "He has a lot of upside. Do I think he’ll be an elite guy? I don’t know that, but I think he’ll make somebody’s team and play in the league for a while.

"I like Zay. I think he has a chance to be a good player."

The Bills sure hope so.


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