Round Six – Pick 212 – Damar Hamlin – S – Pittsburgh
With the defensive line handled, the Bills added another member to their secondary in Pittsburgh S Damar Hamlin.
As well as being a ballhawk who pulled in six interceptions over the course of his Pitt career, Hamlin is also one of the most forward-thinking players in the draft. Hamlin issued 10 digital trading cards in the form of NFT’s on draft night, selling them for $25 each. They have the ability to appreciate in value and be resold as his career progresses, as a sort of stock option for professional athletes.
While Hamlin does have a solid pedigree, he may face a lengthy wait behind Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde for playing time.
Round Six – Pick 213 – Rachad Wildgoose – CB – Wisconsin
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The Bills have been looking for a complementary corner for Tre’Davious White forever. Have they finally addressed this glaring need with the selection of Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose?
While Wildgoose is a very physical corner, both penalties and his health are concerns. Wildgoose only played in two games in 2020 before breaking his scapula. He’s also been called for 13 pass interference/holding penalties over the course of his college career.
There’s always room for a physical corner in today’s NFL, however, with officials tilting calls in favour of the offence, Wildgoose is going to have to get more technical to be successful at the next level.
Round Seven – Pick 236 – Jack Anderson – G – Texas Tech
The Bills nabbed a big name former prospect in Jack Anderson with their final pick in the draft.
A four-star recruit out of high school, Jack Anderson turned down offers from bigger schools for a promise of immediate playing time under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.
While Anderson did suffer a shoulder injury in 2019 that limited him to just three games, the bruising lineman battled back to start all 10 games in 2020 and earn first-team All-Big 12 status.
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