The 2021 NFL Draft is in the books. 259 players now have new homes. Almost assuredly, every team got every player they wanted exactly when they wanted to.
However, we are going to look at them through the prism of the way I thought they did. Did a team reach? Did they get a steal? How did that trade work out? Over the course of the next few weeks, I will recap every team’s draft class. Some will be solely be written word. Some will be accompanied by a video from the Deep Fried Draft YouTube channel with an expert from that team talking about their class.
Today, we look at the Buffalo Bills.
BILLS DRAFT CLASS
|1||30||EDGE||Gregory Rousseau||Miami (FL)|
|2||61||EDGE||Carlos Basham||Wake Forest|
|3||93||OT||Spencer Brown||Northern Iowa|
|5||161||OT||Tommy Doyle||Miami (OH)|
|7||236||G||Jack Anderson||Texas Tech|
The Bills class was one of my favorite ones this year.
The addressed one of their main issues with their first two picks. They had to add to and upgrade their pass rush. They did that with a potential homerun and a consistent rusher. Gregory Rousseau had 15 ½ sacks as a redshirt freshman at Miami. He sat out the 2020 season. You see the flashes of dominance and the tantalizing ability. Boogie Basham was a consistent force off the edge for Wake Forest over the few seasons. Basham can rush from the outside or inside.
They drafted a couple of athletic skyscrapers with their next two picks. Per RAS, Northern Iowa tackle Spencer Brown is the most athletic offensive tackle since 1987. His play isn’t bad either. Brown had a great week at the Senior Bowl and should be able to take over at right tackle in the future. My love for Miami (OH) dates back to the 2019 Lending Tree Bowl. Doyle also tested ridiculously well at his pro day. In 2019, when matched up against pass rushing stalwarts Chase Young and A.J. Epenesa, Doyle more than held his own. His immediate future in Buffalo should be as the team’s swing tackle.
Houston’s Marquez Stevenson is one of the best returners in this class. His speed should benefit the Bills in that area, as well as their 5th WR. Pitt’s Damar Hamlin is a rangy safety prospect who can back up both positions initially.
With the roster as deep as it is, I anticipate both Wildgoose and Anderson as practice squad candidates.
The Bills signed the following undrafted free agents:
Syrus Tuitele, OT, Fresno State
Nick McCloud, CB, Notre Dame
Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego State
Tre Walker, WR, San Jose State
Quentin Morris, TE, Bowling Green
Olajiah Griffin, CB, USC
These signings are unofficial until announced by the team.
Next up we will look at the Denver Broncos!