Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) during the second half. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Hyde, Austin Seferian-Jenkins visiting Buffalo Bills

Tight end is arguably the Buffalo Bills biggest need going into the 2014 NFL Draft, as many believe that the Bills will look to give second-year signal-caller E.J. Manuel a top-notch TE duo by adding a dynamic pass-catcher to solid in-line TE Scott Chandler, who might be better off as a top TE2 anyway. This has led many to believe that the Bills should draft North Carolina Tar Heels product Eric Ebron with the ninth overall pick in the draft, as he is the most explosive, athletic, fast, and agile tight end in the draft class, and this generally makes up for his lack of polish as a blocker and his poor hands.

WGR 550′s Joe Buscaglia reports that the Bills are hosting three top draft prospects today in Washington Huskies star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ohio State Buckeyes RB Carlos Hyde, and sleeper cornerback Walt Aikens from Liberty. I can’t tell you much about Aikens, but I can tell you that there are some people who believe he could turn into a very good starting CB in this league and is well-worth the mid-round flier.

Anyway, the Hyde workout seems to be due diligence to me, but it’s possible that the Bills have a high amount of interest in adding a running back despite having an incredibly talented duo in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Jackson will hit free agency in 2015 and Spiller’s contract runs out in 2016, but I honestly think the Bills will keep both. Hyde is the top back in this draft class, and the Bills would have to spend their high second-round pick if they want him; I don’t see that happening.

I could definitely see the Bills spending their second-round pick on Seferian-Jenkins, though, and a 1-2 round punch of an offensive tackle and ASJ would be an excellent combo for the Bills in this year’s draft. While both Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson could be gone before then, either tackle would be a dream pick for the Bills with the ninth pick overall and would give the Bills a dominant bookend of young OTs with Cordy Glenn locking things down on the left side. Then, the Bills could get their TE later on in Seferian-Jenkins, who isn’t far off from Ebron as a prospect. He’s a much better blocker, can actually line up in more alignments due to his experience as an H-Back (his blocking makes him better in-line, and he had plenty of experience playing out wide at UW), and he has more than enough athleticism and tools.

ASJ is easily the cleanest pass-catcher in this draft, but he has an awkward running motion and isn’t nearly as much of a game-changer as Ebron despite solid physical tools overall. I think he’ll be available for the Bills in the second, but that’s not a guarantee with the way tight ends are valued in this league.

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  • chas territo

    If we grab a TE I think Ebron is the one and the only one we draft or should draft, not S. Jenkins. Ebron is far and away the better TE. What is this thing about Ebron having bad hands? I’ve seen many video clips on him and he makes incredible catches and many one hand grabs. He is ridiculously good at the one handers. I saw him reach out his body and make these catches. Some were very acrobatic. So how can you say he has bad hands? As for his blocking skills, if you’ve really paid attention to how the Bills use the TE, blocking is not a high priority in our offensive pass plays and very seldom done on our running plays because we have other players to block on running plays. In fact the TE only has to slow down a rusher before he releases to maybe run a pattern. I believe Chandler actually was called upon to block on less than half of our running plays. So, Ebron is to me the best guy for us at #9 and he is the best TE period. GO BILLS!!