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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Ryan Miller, Sal Maiorana,
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Buffalo Bills draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections, analysis, grades

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+

More: Bills address offensive line in third round by picking tackle Spencer Brown

Round 4
No pick

Round 5
No. 161 (via Zay Jones trade with Raiders).
No. 174

Round 6
No. 213

Round 7
No. 236

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
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