Buffalo Bills general Manager Brandon Beane had an uneventful draft due to the fact that it was a “needs draft” instead of “going for the best player available draft. “It was quite obvious that Beane had to start making up for the poor decision of letting Shaq Lawson and Jordan Philips go the previous year. The Bills defense has not been the same without them.
How much longer will Mario Addison be on the team? One of Beane’s worse moves was to bring in Addison – a 32-year-old over the hill edge rusher. This move forced the Bills into using first two rounds of NFL draft picking defensive ends. Gregory Rousseau out of Miami is very raw and needs to be coached up. The Bills already know this and has brought in Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bruce Smith to work with him. Bills second selection, Carlos Barsham, is a more fluid player that can come right in and make plays for a Leslie Frazier Coached defense. Barsham has speed and power to be a good defensive tackle. He will be an upgrade to the defensive unit.
The Bills picked offensive tackle Spencer Brown ,a 6’8, 311-pound player that can only play the tackle position. They also selected Tommy Doyle, a 6’8, 320-pound offensive tackle that could be bookended down the road, and quality back ups to Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams.
The Bills six round pick was Marquez Stevenson, a Tyreek Hill type speed receiver and possibly special team’s returner replacing Andre Roberts.
The Bills also selected University of Pittsburgh safety Damar Hamlin, who could be the heir apparent to Micah Hyde or Jordan Poyer. Hamlin has played in a very similar defense scheme as the one the Buffalo Bills use.
After trading up for a third 6th round selection the Bills added corner back Rashad Wildgoose out of Wisconsin.
My only concern with Wildgoose is his injury of a broken shoulder. He did not play in 2020 and will have to see if he can get back to the fierce hard-hitting player that he was before the injury.
The Bills final pick in the 8th round was Jack Anderson , 6’4, 314 pounds out of Texas Tech. he looks like former Bill Richie Incognito and hopefully he won’t play like him.
I look forward to training camp and hopefully will be able to see these draft picks in person to get a better idea who will make the team. There should be pre- season games to watch and we all will be better able to gage these players.