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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/3: Recapping Buffalo’s 2021 draft class

Thoughts, reactions, grades and analysis of Buffalo’s eight-man NFL Draft class.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, the dust has settled from the 2021 NFL Draft, and we recap Buffalo’s eight-man draft class, a group that includes: Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau, Wake Forest edge rusher Carlos “Boogie” Basham Jr., Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown, Miami (Ohio) offensive tackle Tommy Doyle, Houston wide receiver/returner Marquez Stevenson, Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin, Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose Jr., and Texas Tech guard Jack Anderson.

We break down Buffalo’s Day 3 draft picks, hear what grades the local and national media members gave Buffalo’s draft class, discuss how this year’s NFL Draft process was different for general manager Brandon Beane with the Bills being the hunted instead of the hunter, and offer up a list of Buffalo’s best picks and most head-scratching selections.

We also review the players Brandon Beane brought in as part of his undrafted rookie free-agent class, take a look at the early post-draft depth chart for the Bills, learn how Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith plans on helping Rousseau develop into Buffalo’s next great pass rusher, and more.


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Doubling up on offensive tackles now.

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A dangerous kick returner joins the Bills.

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Stevenson could be the speed threat of the future for Buffalo.

2021 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills draft Pittsburgh S Damar Hamlin with 212th pick - Buffalo Rumblings
An experienced safety joins the Bills.

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The rookie from Pitt is exactly what Buffalo covets at the position.

2021 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills take Wisconsin CB Rachad Wildgoose Jr. with 213th pick - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills chased down a cornerback for the roster.

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Wildgoose has a chance to break onto the Bills’ roster as a rookie.

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A 38-game starting right guard joins the Bills.

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Get him in with NFL coaching, and a weight room, and Anderson could surprise.

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Early thoughts on Buffalo’s 2021 NFL Draft Class

Capaccio: Bills make 2021 draft a ‘big one’ - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills added eight players to their roster in the 2021 NFL Draft, and most of them were either offensive or defensive linemen who are now also the largest players on the team.

Maiorana: Patience will be required with Bills 2021 draft class - Democrat & Chronicle
Here are Sal Maiorana’s observations on how the Bills did in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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“The Bills added eight players in the NFL draft. Read and watch our analysis, features and profiles of the players and where the Bills stand.”

Vic Carucci: For Bills, drafting as the hunted is different | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Significant improvement through the draft becomes less necessary when you already have one of the top teams in the NFL,” writes Vic Carucci.

Draft grades: Mel Kiper calls Buffalo Bills draft “boom or bust” - Democrat & Chronicle
“Draft grades: Experts mixed on Bills draft, Mel Kiper says no RB is ‘head-scratcher’” — Ryan Miller.

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Kiper’s thoughts on Buffalo’s 2021 draft class.

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“News’ Bills’ writers offer their grades for how the team performed in the 2021 NFL draft.”

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“Here is a sampling of how national draft analysts viewed the Bills’ draft.”

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Bills receive high marks for their 2021 draft selections.

2021 Bills draft picks: NFL draft grades, order, how they fit, full scouting reports – The Athletic
“The Buffalo Bills entered the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29 with seven selections over the three-day event.” (Subscription required).

2021 NFL Draft grades for every team: Falcons, Lions, Vikings ace final report cards while Cowboys, Texans look iffy – The Athletic
“Which teams made out the best over draft weekend, and which general managers produced the biggest head-scratchers?,” writes Sheil Kapadia. (Subscription required).

Bills’ best pick, biggest head-scratcher and needs left: 2021 NFL Draft takeaways – The Athletic
This draft was more about 2022 and 2023 than what the Bills need for the upcoming year. (Subscription required).

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“With the Covid-19 pandemic canceling the annual NFL Scouting Combine and pre-draft visits by prospects to team facilities, the Senior Bowl took on added significance as a chance to see players up close,” writes Jay Skurski.

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Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has four months to get ready for the speed assault. He’s going to need it.

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“Maddy Glab and Chris Brown broke down all eight picks from the Bills 2021 draft class.”

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Here are three things to know about the Bills for Monday, May 3.

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Chris Brown breaks down what fans need to know about the team’s newest members.

Bills post-draft depth chart: A logjam at defensive end, but room to add at corner – The Athletic
“Along the defensive line, in particular, the Bills will have some tough decisions to make,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Bills draft another massive offensive tackle in Tommy Doyle

Bills add another 6-foot-8 offensive tackle, Tommy Doyle, in the fifth round - Democrat & Chronicle
Doyle gives Buffalo another mammoth prospect for the offensive line.

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“Here are five things to know about Miami (Ohio) offensive tackle Tommy Doyle, selected by the Bills in the fifth round, 161st overall, on Saturday,” writes Vic Carucci.

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The Buffalo Bills selected offensive tackle Tommy Doyle in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bills add OT Tommy Doyle in Round 5: 4 things to know - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills’ run of drafting massive human beings continued on day three of the draft.

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“Doyle dreamed of playing in the NHL. Of course, as he continued on the growth path to 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, football became an obvious alternative,” writes Vic Carucci.

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“The Buffalo Bills continue to go big,” writes Jay Skurski.

Speedster Marquez Stevenson added to wide receiving corps

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“The Bills picked Houston wide receiver Marquez Stevenson at No. 203 overall. Stevenson, 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds, made his college reputation as a big-play threat,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills add to wide receiver group with Marquez Stevenson - Democrat & Chronicle
Stevenson is a speedster.

Bills select Marquez Stevenson with 203rd pick in NFL Draft - WGR 550
“With the first of three selections in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills added to their wide receiver group by selecting wide receiver Marquez Stevenson with the 203rd overall pick out of the University of Houston,” writes Franklin Heinzmann.

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Stevenson has speed and big-play ability.

Buffalo Bills draft speedy Houston WR Marquez Stevenson with 203rd pick - newyorkupstate.com
Stevenson has kick/punt return potential and ran 4.45 40-yard dash at pro day.

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“Here are five things to know about Houston wide receiver Marquez Stevenson, selected by the Bills in the sixth round, No. 203 overall, on Saturday:.”

Bills address secondary, draft Damar Hamlin, Rachad Wildgoose

Bills select Damar Hamlin with 212th pick in 2021 NFL Draft - WGR 550
“With the 212th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select safety Damar Hamlin from the University of Pittsburgh,” writes Brayton J. Wilson.

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“Here are five things to know about University of Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin, selected by the Bills in the sixth round, No. 212, on Saturday,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills select Wildgoose 213th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft - WGR 550
“With their third and final pick of the sixth round in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills elected to address the cornerback position by selecting cornerback Rachad Wildgoose out of the University of Wisconsin,” writes Franklin Heinzmann.

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“Here are five things to know about Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose, selected by the Bills in the sixth round, No. 213, on Saturday,” writes Jay Skurski.

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“Considered a position of need for the team entering the draft, the Bills clearly saw it differently and waited until the sixth round, with the 213th overall pick, Saturday to select Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose,” writes Vic Carucci.

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It happened later than expected, but the Bills beefed up their secondary with two straight picks in the sixth round.

Bills shore up interior of offensive line, draft guard Jack Anderson

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“The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday with the selection of guard Jack Anderson with the 236th overall pick in the seventh round out of Texas Tech University,” writes Brayton J. Wilson.

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“The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday with the selection of guard Jack Anderson with the 236th overall pick in the seventh round out of Texas Tech University,” writes Sal Maiorana.

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“Here are five things to know about Texas Tech guard Jack Anderson, selected by the Bills in the seventh round, No. 236, on Saturday,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Odds and ends

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“We’re aware of that. We’ve had conversations and we’ll get that handled by the deadline Monday,” Bills GM Brandon Beane said in his post-draft news conference Saturday night.

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“When Rousseau arrived in Buffalo on Friday, he was greeted with a video from Hall of Fame pass rusher Bruce Smith, who promised to work with the University of Miami standout,” writes Alex Reimer.

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Beane discusses the Bills' involvement in the UDFA market, insight into the draft picks taken in the later rounds, and players contributing during their rookie season.

Why Bills are struggling to land top UDFAs; how Brandon Beane prepared for this - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo traded back in the fifth to pick up an extra sixth-round pick.

Beane envisions roles for 2021 draft class - WGR 550
The Buffalo Bills ended their 2021 NFL Draft by adding eight NFL hopefuls to the roster, mainly focusing on beefing up both sides of the ball in the trenches,” writes Franklin Heinzmann.

'Everything was good about Buffalo': Greg Rousseau's parents have a history with their son's new home city – The Athletic
Buffalo is where Gregory Rousseau's mom went to high school, where she earned her first nursing license, where she married his dad. (Subscription required).