5 things to know about Buffalo Bills pick Austin Proehl
ORCHARD PARK – With their final selection of the 2018 NFL Draft, the 255th pick which came in the seventh-round and was the second-to-last pick in the draft, the Bills took North Carolina wide receiver Austin Proehl.
Proehl is 5-foot-10 and weighs 175 pounds and he made 91 catches in his four-year career for the Tar Heels. In the NFL, he’ll probably have to play in the slot if he hopes to make an impact.
Here are five things to know about Proehl:
1. Proehl is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ricky Proehl, who played 17 years in the NFL. Ricky Proehl caught 669 passes for 8,878 yards and 54 TDs for the Cardinals, Seahawks, Bears, Rams, Panthers and Colts.
2. Proehl played four years for the Tar Heels, though he did miss half of the 2015 and 2017 seasons due to injury.
3. He was a communications major at UNC, and he honed some of those skills by accompanying his family on visits to the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis where his dad played five seasons. The Proehl’s brought Christmas gifts to the children.
4. Proehl is the 15th player the Bills have drafted from North Carolina in their history, first since Da’Norris Searcy and Johnny White were both picked in 2011.
5. He earned the ACC Top Six for Service award in 2016, and was nominated to the 2017 All-State AFCA Good Works Team.
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