Buffalo Bills draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections, analysis and grades

Ryan Miller Sal Maiorana
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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Coming off an appearance in the AFC Championship game, the Buffalo Bills NFL draft slot was the lowest in team history as they had never made a first-round pick beyond No. 28 overall.

The Bills' first pick was at No. 30 overall and rumors of a trade out of that spot never materialized. 

The seven-round draft will start again at 7 p.m. Friday from Cleveland and conclude Saturday night.

Rounds 2-3 can be watched on ESPN,  ESPN Deportes, NFL Network, NFL Mobile app or streaming services like Sling TV, AT&T TV, fuboTV and YouTube TV.

We will track the Bills picks here as they are made.

Round 1

Pick 30: Gregory Rousseau, edge rusher, Miami

Analysis: The Bills had their pick of several first-round graded pass rushers, and they settled on the 6-foot-6, 266-pounder with the massive 83 1/4-inch wingspan. Rousseau opted out of the 2020 season, and he really only played one season as a full-time starter for the Hurricanes, but he had 15.5 sacks in 2019 and was a second-team All-American selection.

Grade: B

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Round 2

No. 61: Carlos "Boogie" Basham, defensive end, Wake Forest 

Analysis: The Bills aren't messing around with their pass rush. They want to be much better than they've been, so they grabbed Basham on the heels of picking Rousseau in the first round. Basham is a 274-pounder who can also slide inside. He played in 45 games for the Demon Deacons and made 173 tackles, 35.5 for lost yardage, and 20.5 sacks.

Grade: B

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Round 3 

No. 93: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Analysis: Many draft analysts thought if the Bills were going to pick an offensive lineman, they'd grab someone for the interior. Instead, Brown is a tackle, a massive 6-foot-8, 311-pounder from Northern Iowa. This is clearly a pick for 2022 because the Bills' offensive line is essentially set, but changes could be coming next year due to the salary cap, so Brown will get a chance to compete for a starting job then.

Grade: C+

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Round 4 

No pick

Round 5 

No. 161: Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (Ohio) 

Analysis: Doyle is another huge tackle at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds. Doyle started 16 games at left tackle and 14 at right tackle in college and has a mean streak. He's another lineman that will provide depth now as a swing lineman but could start in the coming years once the Bills figure out if any of their starters are expendable to save salary cap space.  

The pick was via the Zay Jones trade with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2019. 

Grade: B-

More:Bills add another 6-foot-8 offensive tackle, Tommy Doyle in fifth round

No. 174: Traded to Houston Texans for picks No. 203 and No. 212 in sixth round

Round 6

No. 203: Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston 

Analysis: The Bills have one of the deepest wide receiver rooms in the NFL, so if Stevenson is going to make the team, he'll have to be a revelation on kick and punt returns. The Houston product is a player who some felt would be done in the late fourth or early fifth round. He does have some home run hitting ability with 12 plays of at least 50 yards.

Grade: B+

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No. 212: Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh

Analysis: Hamlin was a teammate of Dane Jackson at Pitt, Buffalo's seventh-round pick in 2020. He played 46 games for the Panthers and finished his career with 275 tackles and six interceptions. His expertise on special teams could be his ticket to a roster spot.

Grade: B-

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No. 213: Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin

Analysis: He played in only 25 games with 17 starts, making just one interception. It will be difficult for him to make the Bills roster in 2021, and if they can keep him on the practice squad, perhaps he can compete in 2022.

Grade: C

Round 7

No. 236: Jack Anderson, OG, Texas Tech

Analysis: Anderson played exclusively as a right guard for the Red Raiders, but some draft analysts think he could move to center if asked to in the right system. His short arms could be a problem in the NFL, but he also has big hands which might help him with his control at the point of attack.

Grade: C+

Buffalo Bills 2021 draft trade notes

Bills trade their fifth-round pick, No. 174 overall, to Houston Texans for two sixth-round pick, Nos. 203 and 212 overall. 

Buffalo Bills' last five top draft picks 

2020 (No. 54 overall): A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

2019 (No. 9 overall): Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

2018 (No. 7 overall): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

2017 (No. 27 overall): Tre'Davious White. CB, LSU

2016 (No. 19 overall): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

2021 NFL draft: Team-by-team picks

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