2021 NFL draft: Carlos Basham Jr. called ‘steal’ for Bills in Round 2

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With the dusted settled on the 2021 NFL draft, the Bills are already said to have gotten a “steal” with one of their picks.

According to Luke Easterling at Draft Wire, that designation belongs to Carlos Basham Jr. While a curious selection in the moment, the Bills got some value Basham.

Buffalo used their second-round pick at No. 61 on Basham. Prior to the draft, there were some that felt that Basham could go to the Bills… but in Round 1. Instead, that dream seemed gone once Buffalo selected Greg Rousseau.

Then Brandon Beane said not so fast and selected “Boogie.”

In doing so, Beane simply said he decided to take the “best player on the draft board” at that time, even if it meant selecting back-to-back defensive ends. It appears that Draft Wire would agree with that concept.

Heck, even Pro Football Focus did, too.

When the Bills selected Basham, the football analytics outlet was there to point out that it felt like Basham was a much better prospect than that. PFF had him slated at No. 42 on their big board:

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