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Recapping the 2021 Buffalo Bills Draft Class

The 2021 NFL Draft is behind us and if you’re a Buffalo Bills fan, you should be happy with the what happened last weekend. Buffalo came so close to reaching the Super Bowl last season but unfortunately fell short. In this article, I will give my reaction to each draft pick.

Gregory Rousseau (Defensive End) Round 1 Pick 30

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If you ask me, everything was falling into place for the Bills in the first round. Buffalo selected defensive end Gregory Rousseau from the University of Miami. He opted out of the 2020 college football season but in 2019 he was a beast. He had 34 tackles and 15.5 sacks and that’s exactly what the Bills need. I’ve said this so many times but Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison are not getting any younger, so the team needs to get younger when it comes to edge rushers. Both Hughes and Addison are good edge rushers but Rousseau is the perfect player to have for the future.

Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. (Defensive End) Round 2 Pick 61

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Buffalo wasn’t done with the defensive line however as they would draft defensive end Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. from Wake Forest. In 2020, Basham recorded 20 tackles and 5 sacks with Wake Forest. To be honest I didn’t expect them to go with another defensive end. Especially since they drafted Rousseau, I thought they would’ve gone with another position but this selection does make sense. The pass rush for the Buffalo wasn’t the dominant front we’ve seen for the last few years. The Bills have some depth when it comes to edge rushers now and I’m feeling good about this defensive line going into the season.

Spencer Brown (Offensive Tackle) Round 3 Pick 93

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For their next two picks, the Bills decided to go offensive line. First, they selected offensive tackle Spencer Brown from Northern Iowa. I was surprised by Buffalo going offensive line. My guess is he could be a depth piece but anything is possible, we’ll have to see what happens during training camp and the preseason. Brown is 6′ 8″ and 311 pounds, so Buffalo did get a bigger body to block for Josh Allen. I looked up some of his strengths and weaknesses and this what I found interesting. According to NFL.com, his strengths include good recognition of late add-ons looking to blitz, accelerates into block and immediately runs feet with vigor and quality resets take him from losing position to winning position.

Some weaknesses, he doesn’t stay square for as long as he needs to in pass sets, missed blocks usually due to footwork issues and needs to eliminate forward lean into punch to avoid push-pull moves. One thing is for sure, Bills Mafia will love him.

Tommy Doyle (Offensive Tackle) Round 5 Pick 161

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After not having a pick in the 4th round, the Bills selected another offensive lineman in the 5th round. They drafted offensive tackle Tommy Doyle from Miami (Ohio). Looking at his strengths, he has started at both tackle spots, footwork after first contact is above average and shows potential to mirror active pass rushers on two-way goes. His weaknesses, he needs to eliminate some of his waist-bending and forward lean, lacks fluidity working from block to block and could struggle making back-side cutoffs, according to NFL.com.

Marquez Stevenson (Wide Receiver) Round 6 Pick 203

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Buffalo had three 6th round picks this year. With their first 6th round pick, they selected wide receiver Marquez Stevenson from Houston. Stevenson had 20 receptions for 307 yards and 4 touchdown’s. While I was watching the draft, he seems to be a very fast player. Then I looked at his kick return stats. He had 4 returns for 145 yards and 1 touchdown. It will be interesting to see how the Bills use him but I think he will be competing for a job in the special teams unit.

Damar Hamlin (Safety) Round 6 Pick 212

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Safety Damar Hamlin from Pittsburgh was the next selection made by Buffalo. In 2020, he had 38 tackles and 2 interceptions. The Bills did lose safety Dean Marlowe in free agency so they had to fill his spot. With Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde as their safety tandem, Hamlin is a good option as a backup or to sub in for one of them.

Rachad Wildgoose (Cornerback) Round 6 Pick 213

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Buffalo wasn’t done when it comes to adding onto the secondary as they drafted cornerback Rachad Wildgoose from Wisconsin. I expected the Bills to take a cornerback but I’m surprised they took one this late in the draft. Like Hamlin, I think Wildgoose is a depth piece but you never know.

Jack Anderson (Guard) Round 7 Pick 236

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With their final pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Buffalo selected guard Jack Anderson from Texas Tech. Once again, I think he’s a depth addition but as I said before, you never know and he could be a good guy to have on the offensive line.

Final Thoughts

I think the Bills did a great job this year in the draft. The team isn’t that far from going to the Super Bowl and this could be the year they beat Kansas City, assuming the Chiefs are standing in their way. Now we wait for training camp and preseason to see what kind of team this is.

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