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2021 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills select defensive end Carlos Basham Jr.

The Buffalo Bills addressed their pass rush in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, selecting Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau at 30th overall. In the second round they also upgraded their pass rush, selecting Wake Forest defensive end Carlos Basham Jr.

After selecting A.J. Epenesa with their top pick a year ago, the Bills have now spent their first TWO picks in 2021 on defensive ends, paving the way for the future without Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison a year from now. This likely means Efe Obada and Daryl Johnson could be on the outside looking in, or possibly Mario Addison, who would save $5 million in cap space if cut. Both general manager Brandon Beane and director of player personnel Dan Morgan said the Bills looked at games the team lost last year for ways to improve, and the pass rush was lacking against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. In the Super Bowl, the Chiefs’ offensive line was pushed around and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers disrupted Patrick Mahomes all night.

We will have to wait and see what the plan is, but the Bills made no secret they want to impact the QB. If they draft a cornerback in the third round, it would be a clear sign that’s their plan.