The Buffalo Bills have finished making selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, coming away with eight rookie prospects. The weekend featured only one trade by the Bills, and it was a late-round pick swap (and also the first time general manager Brandon Beane traded down since joining the team). Let’s take a look at the haul:
In the first round, the Bills selected Gregory Rousseau, a 6’7”, 266-lb defensive end from Miami. Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season, but racked up 15.5 sacks in 2019.
In round two, the Bills added Wake Forest defensive end Carlos Basham Jr. The 6’3”, 275-lb EDGE had a streak of 23 consecutive games with a tackle for loss in his college career.
Buffalo’s third-round pick was Northern Iowa’s Spencer Brown. Brown, a multi-sport athlete who stands 6’8” and 311 lbs, tested as one of the most athletic offensive tackles of all time.
The Bills kicked off day three by taking a very similar player to Brown in Miami (OH) offensive tackle Tommy Doyle, with their fifth-round selection. Doyle is another huge (6’8”, 320 lbs) tackle who was late to the position and a multi-sport athlete in high school.
Buffalo traded their second fifth-round pick to the Houston Texans, the first time Brandon Beane has traded down in his career. They would receive two sixth-round picks in exchange
With that first pick, the Bills drafted Houston WR/KR Marquez Stevenson. Stevenson had nearly 2,000 receiving yards in two years with the Cougars, and also scored three kick return touchdowns, but has had a significant injury history.
The next sixth rounder went to Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin. Hamlin, a team captain and long-time starter, looks like a potential plug-and-play special teams player and backup safety for the Bills’ roster.
Immediately after selecting Hamlin, the Bills added Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose Jr. Wildgoose has experience both outside and in the slot, but entered the draft with essentially two years of tape after opting out of the 2020 season two games in.
Buffalo’s final choice was Texas Tech guard Jack Anderson. The 6’5” 315-lb Anderson started 38 games for the Red Raiders, all at right guard.
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