Bills trade up to draft receiver Zay Jones with 37th pick

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have traded up seven spots to select East Carolina receiver Zay Jones with the 37th pick in the NFL draft.

Buffalo swapped second-round picks with the Los Angeles Rams to address a key need in selecting Jones. The Bills also gave up the 91st pick, which they acquired from Kansas City, in exchange for the Rams' 149th selection.

The Bills entered the draft with no established depth behind starter Sammy Watkins. Buffalo failed to re-sign No. 2 receiver Robert Woods and third-stringer Marquise Goodwin last month.

Jones set FBS records with 399 career catches, and 158 last season. He is the son of former Cowboys linebacker Robert Jones, who won three Super Bowls in Dallas in the 1990s.

Jones already has a connection to the Bills. Rookie coach Sean McDermott hired East Carolina's receivers coach Phil McGeoghan to Buffalo's staff this offseason.

Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas announced Jones' selection.

The Bills made a splash on the opening day of the draft by moving down 17 spots and acquiring two picks - including a first-round pick next year - in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo then used the No. 27 pick to address an immediate need by drafting LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White.

Buffalo's next pick is 75th, where the team has a chance to address a need at linebacker.


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