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NFL analysts grade the Buffalo Bills 2024 Draft Class

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 2024 NFL Draft is in the books. The Bills made 10 selections this year, marking the most picks in a single draft class in the Brandon Beane/Sean McDermott era.

Here's how NFL analysts graded this class:

Analysis via "Buffalo found the potential big-play receiver it needed in Coleman after trading down twice in Round 1 (for relatively small gain). It will be interesting to see if dealing with the Chiefs so Kansas City could pick speedy pass-catcher Xavier Worthy comes back to bite the Bills. Bishop should be a good starter. Carter adds determination and leadership to the defensive line, although he was picked a bit earlier than I expected.

Davis' tenacity as a runner is the perfect complement to James Cook . I projected Van Pran-Granger to the Bills a bit later in the fifth round in my final mock draft, but he was still a good value for a stout pivot. Securing a 2025 fourth-round pick for a fifth-rounder this year in a trade with the Bears will pay dividends down the road. Solomon is shorter than most Bills edge rushers, but he gets to the quarterback. Hardy could be a nickel candidate and is a strong return man."

USA Today | Grade: B

Analysis via USA today: "GM Brandon Beane did just fine, getting Florida State's Keon Coleman, arguably a first-round talent, at the top of Round 2 – and even if he isn't a blazer, he's fast enough, catches contested balls and will provide QB Josh Allen with a big target. Win, especially with a bonus of additional picks for a team that was depleted by salary-cap reckoning. Second-round S Cole Bishop is unlikely to make anyone forget Jordan Poyer or Micah Hyde.

Third-round DT DeWayne Carter should have an impact on the pass rush and could quickly emerge as a new defensive leader. And while signing undrafted free agent RB Frank Gore Jr. will garner headlines, fourth-rounder Ray Davis (Kentucky) could be the one who makes hay while easing the load on James Cook."

Bleacher Report | Grade: B

Analysis via B/R: "Beane and the Bills purged some expensive veteran talent early in the offseason. While this draft class might not make Buffalo better than it was a year ago, it should help ensure that the team is again the AFC East favorites.

It's a formula that has worked well for the AFC rival Kansas City Chiefs over the past few seasons. Only time will tell if it pays off for the Bills as well. Regardless, credit Buffalo for adding picks, still finding a No. 1-caliber receiver and finding solid value throughout the weekend."

CBS Sports | Grade: B

Bills best pick: S Cole Bishop

Analysis via Chris Trapasso: "Buffalo then countered with a stellar selection -- Bishop in Round 2. He's going to be a star with Sean McDermott."

Day 2 Draft Grade: B+

Analysis via The Athletic: "Big, physical and capable of making highlight-reel catches, Coleman ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash at the combine — a time that may have knocked him down a few spots. But he's a quality pickup to open the second round. In one season at Florida State, Coleman (6-3, 213) caught 50 passes for 658 yards (13.2 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns with only two drops."

The 33rd Team | Bills Day 2 picks

Analysis on Keon Coleman: "Josh Allen finally gets a true alpha presence. Keon Coleman will star with a QB who fully trusts his ability to come down with the ball. This is a home run pick."

Analysis on Cole Bishop: "Buffalo gets their new Micah Hyde in Cole Bishop. He's super smart, versatile, and well-rounded. He's a great fit, and it's the right value."

Analysis on DeWayne Carter: "Buffalo needed help in the trenches, and DeWayne Carter was one of the best on the board. He plays hard and has experience lining up all over, which will pay off early in his career."

Scroll to see photos of Keon Coleman, Cole Bishop, and DeWayne Carter as they arrive for their first day as Buffalo Bills.

Walter Football | Grade for Keon Coleman pick: A+

Analysis: "Coleman makes a lot of sense for the Bills, as he fills a huge need. He also comes with some value because I know of one team that considered him at the end of the opening round. I also love that Buffalo moved down twice to land Coleman."

CBS Sports | Grade: B

Analysis via Pete Prisco: "I like the way general manager Brandon Beane managed his picks, moving down in the first round to add more ammunition. They still ended up with a good haul for a team that needed an influx of players, starting with second-round receiver Keon Coleman, a bigger target that was needed."

Best pick: "Third-round defensive tackle DeWayne Carter is a bit undersized, but he will be a good player. They need rotation guys inside and he will fill that role early in his career."

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