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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/1: Bills draft Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. and Spencer Brown

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The Buffalo Bills added to their pass rush by drafting Wake Forest’s Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. in the second round, then added Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we get to know Basham Jr., who recorded 33.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown during his last three seasons with Wake Forest, and Brown, a 6’9” behemoth and the draft’s most athletic offensive tackle.

We analyze Buffalo’s second- and third-round picks, discuss how Basham Jr. will bolster Buffalo’s pass rush, learn why general manager Brandon Beane fell in love with Brown at the 2021 Senior Bowl, and get to know the latest two members of the Bills. We also discuss how Buffalo’s pass rush is now flush with competition with the additions of Rousseau and Basham Jr. and analyze the Bills’ long-term vision for Basham Jr. and Brown.

We then turn to Saturday’s fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds—where Buffalo has picks Nos. 161 and 174 (fifth round), No, 213 (sixth round) and No. 236 (seventh round),—identifying the best players on the board for the Bills to consider, Buffalo’s needs heading into Day 3 of the Draft, and more!


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The Buffalo Bills addressed their pass rush in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, selecting defensive ends Gregory Rousseau 30th overall and Carlos Basham Jr. at 61. They worked the other side of the ball with their third selection, tapping Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown.

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Round 2: Bills make it back-to-back defensive linemen with Carlos Basham Jr. | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“In 31 games the past three seasons, the 6-foot-3, 274-pound Basham made 33.5 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and had a defensive touchdown,” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills pick another edge rusher, Carlos Basham Jr., in second round - Democrat & Chronicle
Basham joins Miami’s Gregory Rousseau in Buffalo’s revamped defensive line.

Buffalo Bills select DE Carlos Basham Jr. with 61st pick in second round of NFL Draft - newyorkupstate.com
Basham recorded 19.5 sacks in 42 career games at Wake Forest.

Buffalo Bills draft Carlos Basham Jr.: Wake Forest DE enters a suddenly crowded defensive line room – The Athletic
On the surface, Carlos Basham Jr. looks more ready to play early than Gregory Rousseau. (Subscription required).

Thoughts and analysis on the selection of Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr.

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Through energy and effort, Carlos Basham Jr. made himself and Wake Forest better during his impressive five years with the Demon Deacons. (Subscription required).

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“The 6-foot-3, 274-pound redshirt senior is known for his burly build, powerful hands and counter spins, as well as his hard hitting and relentless pursuit of the quarterback,” writes Jason Wolf.

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Bills heavily prioritize defensive line on first two days of the draft.

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Read the full story by Jason Wolf here, and the recap of the pick by Vic Carucci here.

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The Bills double-dipped into the edge rusher pool.

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“Maddy Glab and Chris Brown along with NFL Films’ senior producer Greg Cosell broke down the Bills selection of Wake Forest DE Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.”

Getting to know Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr.

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Get to know former Wake Forest standout Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr.

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“2021 2nd Round Pick Defensive Lineman Boogie Basham addressed the media topic include; his ability to play multiple positions on the defensive line, playing hard on every snap, and his pre draft contact with the Buffalo Bills.”

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Basham Jr. drafted by the team he plays with on Madden - WGR 550
“He joins a defense that he spoke highly of and one he uses when he picks up the controller to play Madden,” writes Franklin Heinzmann.

Changes aplenty along Buffalo’s defensive line

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“After the Buffalo Bills selected defensive and Greg Rousseau with their first round pick Thursday night, general manager Brandon Beane told the media that he wanted to focus on players who could “affect the passer,” writes Sal Capaccio.

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“In three of GM Brandon Beane’s four years running the draft, he’s used his first selection on a defensive lineman,” writes Jay Skurski.

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“At times you see Rousseau take long strides in his rush. He can gobble up turf in a hurry,” writes Mark Gaughan.

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Rousseau’s college coach thinks his fall could end up being a blessing in disguise.

Bills address offensive line, draft tackle Spencer Brown

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Bills address offensive line in third round by picking tackle Spencer Brown.

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“The Bills’ third round pick gives a boost to the offensive side of the trenches as they select Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown,” writes Franklin Heinzmann.

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“Brown, 23, is 6-8 and 311 pounds and Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he can play either left or right tackle,” writes Matt Parrino.

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“Brown put himself on the radar as an NFL prospect when he was named a second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection during the 2019 season, starting every game at right tackle,” writes Jay Skurski.

Thoughts and analysis on the selection of Spencer Brown

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“A former high school football, basketball, baseball, golf and track star, Brown barely received an offer from Northern Iowa as a 225-pound tight end,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

What the Bills are getting in Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown, a 6-foot-9 ‘monster’ who continues to improve – The Athletic
“Spencer Brown’s five-year transition from low-level recruit to third-round draft pick by Bills is nothing short of astounding,” writes Scott Dochterman. (Subscription required).

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No offensive tackle has fared better in Relative Athletic Score than Spencer Brown.

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“In 2019, Brown started every game at right tackle and received Missouri Valley Conference honors. As a redshirt sophomore in ‘18, he played in 13 games, with 12 starts,” writes Vic Carucci.

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Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Spencer Brown met with the media for the first time after he was selected 93rd overall in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Bills.

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“Maddy Glab, Chris Brown and Fox Sports college football analyst Bruce Feldman shared their thoughts on the Bills selection of Northern Iowa OL Spencer Brown in the third round.”

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The Bills drafted their first offensive player in 2021 in the third round.

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Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Spencer Brown discusses his friends and family’s reaction to him being drafted, not playing in the 2020 college season, and joining the Bills.

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Spencer Brown was made for Buffalo.

Lessons learned from Day Two of the Draft

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Joe Buscaglia and Matthew Fairburn break down Buffalo’s moves from day two of the 2021 NFL Draft. (Subscription required).

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Bills general manager Brandon Beane met with the media following the selections of DE Carlos Basham Jr. and OT Spencer Brown in rounds two and three of the NFL Draft, respectively.

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Day 3 Targets for the Bills

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Who should the Bills target as they head into Round 3? (Subscription required).

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Mark Gaughan takes a look at some names to keep in mind as the Bills complete their selection process.

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“The Buffalo Bills stocked up on linemen on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, selecting Wake Forest defensive end Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr. and Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown with picks 61 and 93, respectively.”