The Bills drafted kicker Tyler Bass of Georgia Southern in the sixth round with the 188th pick. Bass, 23, finished his four-year career with a 79 percent field goal percentage with a long of 50 yards.
Bass is 5-10 and 183 and is a native of Irmo, S.C.
1. 12TH KICKER DRAFTED IN BILLS HISTORY
The Bills don't draft a kicker often—nobody does. Tyler Bass is the 12th kicker selected in the draft in Bills history.
The last was current Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins, chosen also in the sixth round back in 2013. They've drafted some notable kickers: Gary Anderson in the 7th round in 1982, who went on to star with Pittsburgh; Neil O'Donoghue in 1977 who had six strong years with the Cardinals; and Pete Gogolak in the 12th round in 1964. Gogolak was an AFL All Star with Buffalo before jumping to the NFL New York Giants.
The Bills drafted two (!) kickers in the 1970 draft, when the draft was 13 rounds.
Tyler Bass is the second kicker chosen in the 2020 NFL draft. The Patriots chose Marshall University prospect Justin Rohrwasser in the fifth round, 29-picks before chose Bass.
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2. GRANDMOTHER PLAYED A ROLE
Bass credits his grandmother, or "meemaw" as he calls her, for supporting his kicking career. He says his grandmother, Rebecca Lusk, encouraged him to play football at home near Columbia, South Carolina and retrieved balls when he practiced.
She never missed a game while Bass played at Georgia Southern, even while she battled breast cancer.
"Seeing her battle through that cancer and those obstacles really gave me strength. She still pushes me," Bass told 'The State' in Columbia. "Seeing her in stands at my games really drives me to be successful and make her proud."
3. IMPROVED HIS STOCK IN POSTSEASON
Bass production dropped a bit in his senior season at George Southern, but he redeemed himself during his performance at the Senior Bowl and in the Combine.
His Senior Bowl week included going 2-2 on field goals in the game, with a 56-yarder. And he hit all four of his PATs.
Bass also gets involved in kickoff coverage. In 2019, he produced 11 tackles on kick coverage for George Southern.