The Buffalo Bills are inching closer to signing their entire rookie class by finalizing a deal with sixth-round safety Damar Hamlin. Hamlin was one of three sixth-round selections the Bills made in April’s draft.
The only remaining players from the draft class that remain unsigned are third-round selection OT Spencer Brown, and first-rounder Greg Rosseau—a pass rusher from Miami. Most of the rookies signed last week ahead of or during rookie minicamp.
Hamlin has a path to the roster at safety, where the Bills lost longtime steady backup Dean Marlowe. While 2019 sixth-round safety Jaquan Johnson is expected to slide into Marlowe’s primary backup role, Hamlin could step in as the developmental depth option at fourth safety. He’ll need to beat out Josh Thomas for the right. Obviously nothing is going to change at the top of the Bills’ safety depth chart with Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.
The Bills did a solid job of grabbing players in the later rounds who could play their way onto a stacked 53-man roster. Kick returner, cornerback depth, and offensive line depth go along with Hamlin’s chance to be safety depth.