Still going strong with our Q&As about the Bills draft picks, we are at #4 on the list of players. For this installment, we are joined by Trenise Ferreira from Reign of Troy to dish the dirt on Robert Woods. Enjoy and tell a friend.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Robert Woods is a good route runner with great hands, and he is really good after the catch. He averaged over 10 yards per reception throughout his entire career at USC, that number bolstered by the fact that he is incredibly elusive and tacks on extra yards after the play. While he has good hands and is reliable, he isn’t exactly an intimidating down field threat and if he wants to be successful at the pro level, he needs to improve his deep route running ability.
The Bills are going to run a west coast offense with 3-wide sets and running short passes. How do you see this working out for Woods?
At USC, Woods did not run out of the slot so I’m not sure how he would fit into this role with the Bills. Furthermore, it’s kind of hard to give him a fair evaluation for this role–as well as his durability in the pros as a whole–as he played his latter two years at USC with injury. He faired well, and if he can stay healthy with Buffalo, he has a high ceiling for growth and productivity.
Can he start in the NFL from Day 1?
Woods is definitely ready to start in the NFL from Day 1. He’s very similar to former trojan Steve Smith (Giants version), in that he is an averaged-size possession receive with above average NFL speed. He is ready to come into Buffalo and make an immediate impact.
What type of character is he?
Through his career at USC, Woods’ high character and leadership qualities were never called into question. He kept his grades up and never found himself in Lane Kiffin’s dog house, which says a lot, considering the multitude of distractions that can be found in a place like Los Angeles. He was a quiet leader on the team, helping to mentor the Trojans’ next line of star receivers, Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor. Woods is definitely not a player that fans have to worry about having more of a presence off the field than on it.
I’ve read that Woods isn’t exactly a speedster, should Bills fans be concerned?
I would say that Woods is pretty quick, especially in space and when it comes to shaking defenders. Again, he played the last two seasons hurt so we didn’t get to see much of it, but if you look at tape from his freshman year at USC, you can get a good assessment of his speed. Bills fans do not need to be concerned about his speed; get Woods the ball, and he will definitely make plays.
What were some of his best games at USC?
Woods’ best games came during his freshman season, before a foot injury hampered his productivity. He was a Freshman All-American, and against Stanford that year, he caught 12 passes for 224 yards. To see just the kind of impact he can make when healthy, look to his 2010 season.
Overall, Robert Woods will be a nice target for new quarterback EJ Manuel, one that will compliment Stevie Johnson well. He’s healthy now, and if he proves to be durable, expect him to have a fruitful rookie season in Buffalo.