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Bills Day 2 Draft recap | Breaking down the selections of Keon Coleman, Cole Bishop and DeWayne Carter

Brandon Beane speaks to the media following Round 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft at One Bills Drive on April 26, 2024.
Brandon Beane speaks to the media following Round 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft at One Bills Drive on April 26, 2024.

The Buffalo Bills made three draft selections on Day Two, bringing in wide receiver Keon Coleman (Pick No. 33), safety Cole Bishop (Pick No. 60) and DT DeWayne Carter (Pick No. 95).

Gm Brandon Beane's decision to trade out of the first round of the Draft paid off, as they gained a third-round pick to draft Carter, a Senior Bowl standout.

Here's a breakdown of each of Friday's picks, with reactions from Beane and the newest additions to the Buffalo Bills.

Keon Coleman: Playing with Josh Allen 'everything you want out of a QB'

The Bills were projected by many analysts to use an early pick on a wide receiver, and they did just that by selecting the former Florida State Seminole. The big-bodied Coleman is a contested catch machine and his skills on the basketball court show up on the gridiron with his ability to go above the rim to haul in passes.

"He's got a great feel, an instinctual feeling and I think some of that comes from even his basketball background," Beane said. "Like this guy's not just a high school basketball player, like he could have played major college hoops. So that shows you his athletic ability, you know we like guys that play multiple sports."

Coleman expressed his excitement to play with one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Josh Allen.

"He can really throw the ball, he can spin it, he has pretty much everything you want out of a quarterback and everything breaks down and he can continue to make the play and keep it alive," Coleman said.

With the trade of Stefon Diggs and the departure of Gabe Davis in free agency, Coleman will have opportunities to earn playing time early in his career. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound wideout sees it as a blessing to be able to have a chance to earn a significant role.

"I would love to come to work, and get the work and, you know, earn everything that I'm going to get," he said.

While he has the capability to play both outside and inside, Beane implied that Coleman would see most of his snaps on the outside as the team progresses through OTAs and training camp.

"He can actually play some inside," Beane said. "I think Joe will probably line him up as just a standard X receiver on the outside but I do think because of his shiftiness inside, he can get off the press in there and get up the middle and be a big body, if Joe wants to use him like that."

Coleman also served as a punt returner while at Florida State, averaging 12 yards per return. Beane said he was unsure if Buffalo would utilize him at the position but did make note of the potential.

"We'll see," Beane said. "He can do it, you know, he caught them pretty easy. I cannot remember if he had any drops or not (he had one muffed punt). You don't see many guys at 6-foot-3 that can naturally catch it but you can see his athletic abilities and it makes sense as a multi-sport athlete."

Coleman was excited to head up to Buffalo Saturday morning and be amongst what he called the best fanbase in the league.

"People love the game of football (in Buffalo)," Coleman said. "They're very hands on, they love their players, man, and then outside of that, just the organization, what they're looking for, they're looking for humble guys who want to come in and work and get some wins."

Beane: Cole Bishop 'really impressed us throughout the process'

The Buffalo to University of Utah connection has grown stronger, as the Bills selected safety Cole Bishop in the second round. Bishop will join his former teammate and current Bills tight end Dalton Kincaid in Buffalo.

"I'm excited to talk to him over the next couple of days and get out there and see him again," Bishop said, adding later that covering Kincaid each day in practice helped him grow as a player.

Beane said that Kincaid had praised Bishop – and even admitted that the safety had made his life difficult on the practice field.

"I texted Dalton about him and he was just raving about him," Beane said. "He was just like, this kid, he's not lying. He got me more than I got him.

"He really impressed us throughout the process, his knowledge of the game, his smarts, everyone at Utah raves about him … Probably one of the most consensus players on our board."

Beane said that Bishop was a near perfect fit for the Buffalo defense, to the point that he called teams in an attempt to move up before lucking out and getting the safety at their original draft slot.

"To add a guy that fits our defense the way he does and where we had him on the board … I would have been thrilled giving up something in the draft, you know fourth, fifth round to go get him."

With Bills veteran safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer no longer on the roster, Bishop said that he was looking forward to earning opportunities in the secondary.

"I'm super excited, I mean, two great players," Bishop said. "First thing I gotta do is learn the playbook and then just try to add as much value as I can and just try to be the best I can be every day."

Bishop is as versatile as defensive backs come, lining up as both a free and strong safety in addition to nickel linebacker and nickel corner throughout his Utah career.

"They want their safeties to do a lot," Bishop said. "I think my versatility is something that kind of separates me, so being able to go to a team that you're able to be versatile is huge. So I think I'm going to be able to excel as best I can."

DeWayne Carter: 'I couldn't ask for anything better'

The Bills' final pick of the night came on the defensive side of the ball, with the selection of defensive tackle DeWayne Carter out of Duke University.

Carter was a three-time captain at Duke and earned Academic All-ACC honors in addition to his strong performance on the field. Beane said that Carter's maturity and leadership was a large reason behind the decision to bring him to Buffalo.

"He's gonna be plug-and-play in my mind," Beane said. "He's smart … He's gonna make the guys around him better.

"We're really excited about what he's gonna bring, the guy plays hard, relentless motor, a lot of DNA that we look for in our defensive line."

Speaking of DNA, Carter comes from a long line of football players, including his grandfather, father and two of his uncles.

"I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my parents and my upbringing," Carter said, crediting them with giving him the skills to become a strong leader. "My dad always told me a closed mouth doesn't get fed, so you can't be afraid to open your mouth and say what you need done."

As a player in the NIL era of college football, Carter said that he was recruited by other programs to transfer away from Duke. However, the 23-year-old remained loyal to his teammates.

"I decided to stay. And I think it's just a tribute to our locker room and how close we all are and what loyalty and everything really means to us in that program," Carter said.

"I couldn't ask for anything better, especially a great organization. I'm a part of a great team, part of a great coaching staff and everybody I've met since we all started this program. … It's just so cool to see how it works out, so I mean, I'm just so excited."

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