Thursday, May 27, 2021

Buffalo Bills Post-Draft 2021 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Buffalo Bills rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 3.2 (3rd)
  • Best ranking: 3rd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 4th (USA Today)

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Player who benefited most from draft: CB Levi Wallace

Draft experts, football pundits and fans all expected the Bills to take a cornerback within the first two days of last month's draft; instead, general manager Brandon Beane waited until the sixth round to select Wisconsin corner Rachad Wildgoose, who probably won't be usurping Wallace as the Bills' starting cornerback in his rookie season. While Wallace will still need to stave off impressive 2020 seventh-round pick Dane Jackson, the fact Beane didn't spend an early pick on a cornerback signals his confidence in Wallace, a three-year starter. -- Marcel Louis-Jacques -- Rank: 3

If the Bills had a discernible weakness they needed to address entering the offseason it was their pass rush. No Buffalo defender had more than five sacks during the team's 13-3 campaign, so the Bills used the draft to add some firepower. The team gobbled up Miami edge Gregory Rousseau in the first round (No. 30 overall), then doubled down by selecting Carlos Basham Jr. one round later (No. 61). Both prospects will get the opportunity to contribute as rookies, and the Bills need at least one of them to hit in an offseason where the AFC-best Chiefs have fortified their offensive line.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

They addressed pass rush in the draft, which is what they had to do to try and get past the Chiefs. You can't beat Kansas City without knocking Patrick Mahomes around.

USA Today -- Rank: 3

Worth wondering if they'll regret drafting offensive line depth in the middle rounds instead of another running back, but going pass rush with the their first two selections seems like a good formula for getting past Kansas City next time.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

It doesn't take much imagination to look at their roster and think it could be better than the group that went 13-3 last year before losing in the AFC Championship game. The Bills' offense ranked fifth in efficiency, and they return 10 of 11 players who logged at least 500 snaps, while also adding reliable veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

Defensively, getting linebacker Matt Milano back healthy (he played just 31 percent of the snaps last year) should make a difference, and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei returns from his opt-out. The Bills could still add a corner, but overall GM Brandon Beane has done a terrific job. This is a Super Bowl-caliber roster that returns head coach Sean McDermott and both coordinators -- Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier.

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