Buffalo Bills address secondary with back-to-back physical defensive backs in sixth round
After the Buffalo Bills traded the second of their fifth-round picks to the Texans, the return was back-to-back choices with the 212th and 213th picks in the sixth round.
They used the first one to select safety Damar Hamlin from Pittsburgh who was a teammate of Buffalo’s 2020 seventh-round pick Dane Jackson for the Panthers. He said that he has known Jackson since they were about seven years old.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder played 46 games in college and recorded 275 tackles, 10 for lost yardage, made six interceptions and broke up 21 passes.
"I'm willing to do whatever to be a contributor," Hamlin said. "I just want to be on a winning team and contribute."
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The second pick was also used to bolster the secondary as they took cornerback Rachad Wildgoose from Wisconsin.
The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder made only one interception for the Badgers across 25 career games and 17 starts.
Hamlin is a particular favorite of ESPN’s Todd McShay at this late stage of the draft. He said on their broadcast Hamlin is “a home run pick in the sixth round” and then went on to say, “I can guarantee it right now.... he will make the 53-man roster as a special teams maven.”
That would also seem to be the best way for Wildgoose to make the team. In his favor, Wisconsin plays a lot of zone coverage in its defensive scheme, so that will be a good fit in Sean McDermott’s defense.
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