Buffalo Bills Off-season and Draft Recap with Upcoming Season Outlook
Gregory Rousseau

Buffalo’s season ended last year in the AFC championship losing to Kansas City 38-24.  Josh Allen had his breakout season that Buffalo was hoping for leading them to a 13-3 record and winning the AFC East for the first time since 1995.  The addition of Stefon Diggs was intricate in the Bills success last year.  However they had some glaring weaknesses and it was most obvious with their rush defense being their biggest issue last season.  They also had an average Offensive line last year and with an talent like Allen you want to make sure he’s protected at all costs.  Without further ado here’s how the Buffalo Bills draft went. 

Round One, Pick No. 30: Gregory Rousseau (DE, Miami)

One thing the Bills lacked last season was a decent pass-rush.  They took a big step in alleviating this by drafting Rousseau.  Even though he is fairly new to the position as he played Safety in high school he’ll have plenty of time to learn the position and develop his pass-rushing skills as the Bills have a few players that can play until he’s ready to take over.  Given how the draft board went it was wise for Buffalo to pick him when they did as the talent in that position after Rousseau greatly dropped off after him.  All in all it was a solid pick that could and should yield a future starting DE for the Bills in the near future. 

Round Two, No. 61: Carlos Basham Jr (DE, Wake Forest)

Buffalo went right back to the DE position in round two as it was one of their biggest weaknesses the previous year.  Basham recorded 20.5 sacks in college and is a high energy player with a talent to cause havoc in the backfield.  Clearly Buffalo felt their pass-rush was an issue last season and this pick should help fix that problem.

Round Three, No. 93: Spencer Brown (OT, Northern Iowa)

The Bills picked up a monster of a man in the third round grabbing Spencer Brown.  Listed at 6 ft 8 in and 311 pounds he exudes great strength and after losing Ty Nsekhe in free agency OT was a position that needed to be addressed.  Not that he’ll be needed right away as players like Dion Dawkins and Daryl Williams are still on the roster.  However if he develops quickly he could hop right in the starting lineup and will be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Round Five, No. 161: Tommy Doyle (OT, Miami OH)

After grabbing a swing tackle in round three the Bills took another big boy in Tommy Doyle.  Listed at 6 ft 8 in and 320 pounds.  He doesn’t have a whole lot of experience at the position but will have time to develop.  I can definitely see him becoming a nice piece to the Bills O-Line down the line as long as he works hard and puts in the time to learn the ins and outs of the position.

Round Six, No. 203: Marquez Stevenson (WR, Houston)

The Bills grabbed a speed-demon in round six with Stevenson.  He’s not the best route-runner but what he lacks in running precise crisp routes he more than makes up for with his quickness.  He does have a problem with staying healthy which hopefully won’t follow him to the pros.  It seems like a possible better fit for him could be on Special Teams as a kick/punt returner where he could utilize his speed and at the same time limit his time on the field which will help him stay healthy.

Round Six, No. 212: Damar Hamlin (S, Pittsburgh)

Buffalo grabbed an aggressive playmaker in Hamlin.  In college he was great at stoping the run which is always a welcome trait for any player in the secondary.  However, the Bills have plenty of talent in the safety position so he will probably be used more on Special Teams early on.

Round Six, No. 213: Rachad Wildgoose (CB, Wisconsin)

The Bills got a formidable slot CB in Wildgoose.  He’s extremely physical but also has a problem controlling his temper at times which he’ll need to work on.  If he works on his attitude and a few other things he could become a nice role player in the future for Buffalo. 

Round Seven, No. 236: Jack Anderson (OL, Texas Tech)

Buffalo went back to filling in holes in their O-Line with their final pick grabbing Anderson.  He’s an excellent run-blocker who also has some experience playing Center which is always a huge asset for tres to have a player that can play a few different positions. Anderson could become a starter in the future if he develops certain parts of his game, specifically pass-blocking. 

Buffalo Bills draft recap and Grade

With the Bills two biggest concerns coming into the draft being Defensive line and Offensive line I would say they did a decent job filling these holes this year.  Having a pick so late in the first couple rounds can make it difficult to find players that fill your needs and that can also be an immediate impact for your team.  Even though the Bills drafted players a that will most likely need time to develop into starters I think they did a good job at filling the needs of their team overall for at least the long term.  With that being said time will tell what we can expect from their draftees but with a team that is well coached and is overall a great place to play I expect the majority of these guys to make a nice impact for the Bills next season. 

Draft Grade: B-


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