Our cold wet weather postponed grilling the Kielbasa, but that was the only damper on a really fun and entertaining first night of the 2021 NFL Draft. Like the best of the Marvel Avengers Movies, the hype was intense and the expectations were lofty, and both were exceeded. Based on the attire of the attendees, I had flashbacks to Monte Hall and “Let’s Make a Deal”. I am so starved to hear live music I was grooving on the cover band that was playing in the background. Tradition had me tuned to ESPN, but tonight I am opting for the NFL Network. Let’s put on pur Color Rush Red tinted glasses and see how it affected the Bills quest for the Holy Grail.
Gregory Rousseau was the #1 Edge Rusher and a top 16 pick for a major portion of the mock draft season. It seems that T-shirts and shorts stuff overrode helmets and shoulder pads stuff for some GMs, to the Bills benefit. He fits the “humble and hungry” tag as well as any Defensive End in the draft. I love tall Defensive Ends knocking down passes; anybody else remember former Bill Art Still? Having a mom who was a covid nurse was as solid an opt out explanation as one could imagine. Welcome to Buffalo Mr.Rousseau! Well done Brandon Beane!
On to the AFC East. I shared a list of nine players last night with my contacts that I DID NOT want to face twice a year. Trey Lance, Kyle Pitts, Jamar Chase, Justin Fields, Devonta Smith, Micah Parsons, Najee Harris, Travis Etienne, and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. What were the odds that 8/8 landed in other divisions with one pending? No QBs faster than our linebackers. That makes me want to SHOUT!
No rest for the weary, on to the critical Day Two. Most of my scenarios for Buffalo went either CB/DL or DL/CB in the 1st two rounds, and that remains the most likely outcome. Given all the names on the board at #30, my guess is that no one called Brandon Beane about trading back into the 1st round. Finding a way to recoup a 4th round selection is still a strong possibility for Buffalo. Besides CB, Center might be the alternative round two option. Since the Kentucky Derby snuck up on us, I will throw a live long shot in the mix: Defensive Tackle. Stick to your board, fellas, and we will continue to trust the process.
Our BuffaloFamBase mock draft did well with 24/31 1st rounders (we left the Bills blank) and 6 exact matches. Picking most of the players that will go in Rd 2 isn’t much more difficult, but exact matches got really hard really early. Just to get a sense of who might be on the board for the Bills at #61, here is a 2nd round mock:
33.Jaguars Jalen Mayfield OT 34.Jets Javonte Williams RB 35. Falcons Trevon Moehrig S. 36. Dolphins Landon Dickerson C 37. Eagles Asante Samuel CB 38. Bengals Liam Eichenberg OT 39. Panthers Tyson Campbell CB 40. Broncos Teven Jenkins OT 41.Lions Christian Barmore DT 42.Giants Wyatt Davis OG 43. 49ers Elijah Moore WR 44.Cowboys Javen Holland S 45 Jaguars Pat Freiermuth TE 46.Pats Rondale Moore WR 47. LAC Carlos Basham DE 48.Raiders Richie Grant S 49.Cards Elijah Molden CB 50.Dolphins Nick Bolton LB 51.WFT Davis Mills QB 52.Bears Dillon Radunz OT 53. Titans Azeez Ojulari Edge 54. Colts Samuel Cosmi OT 55. Steelers Creed Humphrey C 56. Seahawks Aaron Robinson CB 57. Rams Tre Smith OG 58.Chiefs Joseph Ossei Edge/LB 59. Browns Baron Browning LB 60.Saints Terrance Marshall WR 61. Bills Ifeatu Melifonwu CB 62. Packers Dynami Brown WR 63.Chiefs Jackson Carman OT 64. Bucs Kelvin Joseph CB
Enjoy the process! No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills!
Editor’s babble: We are grateful to Joe Reagan for sharing his expertise and observations about the first round of the draft. Looking forward to more of Joe’s contributions in the future. Thank you, Joe!