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What Bills fans need to watch for on the final day of the 2021 NFL Draft


The Bills continued to improve their roster on night two, and now on the final day of the draft, the team currently has four more picks to bring in more talent. Buffalo has two picks in round five (161 and 174 overall) one pick in round six (213 overall) and one pick in round seven (236 overall).


Day three mock draft watch

The final day of the 2021 NFL Draft begins at 12:00 ET and Brandon Beane is known for getting great value out of his picks especially on day three. This is what the writers over at Bleacher Report and College Football News think the Bills will do with their four remaining picks. 

Round 5

161. BILLS (F/LV): Keith Taylor, CB, Washington

174. BILLS: John Bates, TE, Northwestern

Round 6

213. BILLS: Brenden Knox, RB, Marshall

Round 7

236. BILLS (F/CAR): Robert Jones, IOL, Middle Tennessee St.

Round 5

161. CB Brandon Echols, Kentucky

174. TE Kylen Granson, SMU

Round 6

213. RB Trey Regas, Louisiana

Round 7

236. WR Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville

Brandon Beane's perspective on day three

After the completion of day two of the draft, Brandon Beane spoke with the media via Zoom. He answered questions about the two players drafted but also gave some insight into how he is viewing day three of the draft. He noted that he wishes he has a fourth-round pick – which was packaged in the Stefon Diggs trade – but he's ready to hit the ground running when the fifth round starts.

"Without giving away too much, the premium positions are getting thin – tackle being one of them, corners, there's been several runs on those," Beane stated. "I still think there's a decent amount of receivers and there's still some ends as well, not that we're trying to add another one, necessarily. I do think there's still some depth hanging around. I wish I had a fourth-round pick, but I don't, so we'll have to be patient. We do have the two fives, so hopefully, there's some guys that we're still really excited about once the fourth round is done."

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Analysts give these grades to the Bills for the day two picks

The Bills continued to get good grades after day two of the draft. Some of the draft analysts thought that the Bills now have a legitimate and talented rotation when it comes to the defensive end position and that they picked up a solid swing tackle for the future. Here are some of the day two grades that the Bills received overnight:

Buffalo Bills

Grade: A-

Day 2 draft picks

Wake Forest DE Carlos Basham Jr. (No. 61 overall)

Northern Iowa OT Spencer Brown (No. 93)

Day 1 grade: A

Analysis: The Bills found great value in Basham in the late second round, even if it was a bit odd to draft another defensive lineman after the selection of Greg Rousseau on Thursday night. The team's roster is pretty solid all around, so it's not as though Buffalo has immediate needs to meet. The Bills' third-round pick, Brown, is a 6-foot-8 former hoops player with the athleticism to be an excellent swing tackle and replace Ty Nsekhe in that role.

61. Bills: Carlos Basham, EDGE, Wake Forest

Grade: A

Must've been BPA after edge rusher pick in Round 1. Basham is a freaky mover at close to 275 pounds. Can really bend and is quick. A tick inconsistent when he doesn't win instantly. His heavy hands wreak havoc. Buffalo bolstering pass rush.

93. Bills: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Grade: B-

Super tall, super-athletic long-term project at the OT spot. Long arms. Fires off the snap. Has great athleticism. Plays with great knee bend. Needs to widen his arc in pass pro and get much stronger.

61. Buffalo Bills - Carlos Basham Jr., edge, Wake Forest

Strengths: Extremely powerful at point of attack and as a pass-rusher

Weaknesses: Straight-line pass-rusher, stiff hips, age

Carlos "Boogie" Basham Jr. has everything a team wants in an edge defender yet falls just short of actually being that player.

Basham is a three-down defender. At 6'3" and 274 pounds, he has the build and power to set the edge with authority and shed blocks. Athletically, he presents the size, explosion (4.64-second 40-yard dash) and change-of-direction numbers (7.13-second three-cone) to be counted among the top prospects at his position. His game doesn't necessarily reflect those traits, though. Basham is a base end who isn't a consistent or explosive pass-rusher. His game is predicated on power. He doesn't show the fluidity or lateral movement skills to consistently bend the edge or provide variety in his pass rush.

Once his age is factored into the equation—he turns 24 later this year—interest around the league probably waned. On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills drafted an edge-rusher to offset the aging veterans already on the roster. On Friday, the Bills drafted another edge-rusher to offset the aging veterans already on the roster. Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison are still Buffalo's best pass-rushers. But they should start taking a back seat to A.J. Epenesa, Gregory Rousseau and now Basham.

Basham has a first-round athletic profile, but his age and straight-line capabilities stifled his overall value. In some ways, he fits the profile of a Bills defensive end since Epenesa, and Rousseau are both extremely talented but have some athletic limitations.

Even so, the Bills now have legitimate options as part of their defensive end rotation.

Grade: A

93. Buffalo Bills - Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Strengths: Tackle class' best overall athlete, a natural blocking on the move, effortlessly slides and readjusts in pass set

Potential can be a wonderful thing. A prospect's upside is often tantalizing. If he reaches his full ability, his team will reap great rewards after taking a chance on the unknown. Or, the opposite happens. The prospect is more of an athlete than an actual football player, never realizes his capabilities and becomes a wasted draft pick.

Northern Iowa's Spencer Brown oozes potential. His athletic profile is something to behold. He's 6'8" and 311 pounds with 4.88-second 40-yard-dash speed. He posted a 9'9" broad jump, 31.5-inch vertical, 4.44-second short shuttle, 7.65-second three-cone and 29 reps on bench.

To fully absorb those numbers and how great they are, his relative athletic score among every offensive tackle since 1987 ranks first overall, per Pro Football Network's Kent Lee Platte. Brown may have played at a lower level and didn't record a snap last season, but his athletic traits are off the charts.

The Buffalo Bills don't need immediate help at offensive tackle. However, some prospects are too tantalizing not to select. ...

Grade: C+

61. Buffalo Bills: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

Buffalo landed a second pass-rush option to pile on first-rounder Gregory Rousseau. Doubling up on the position was a good idea as the Bills went for a total revamp to better disrupt the strong passing fellow AFC title contenders, led by Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs.

Grade: B+

93. Buffalo Bills: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

The Bills went for a developmental tackle with a massive frame. Brown can turn into a force on either the left or right side, because he also packs a good blend of athleticism and power. At first, he can be a valuable backup for Buffalo.

Grade: A

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