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Lack of depth in draft this year, many players expected to return to college

Lack of depth in draft this year, many players expected to return to college

Rich Donnelly
Created: April 29, 2021 04:57 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — After months of speculation, the NFL Draft starts Thursday night and the Buffalo Bills have the 30th pick in the first round.

Much like everything else in sports and life these days, even with a slight return to normal, even the NFL draft will be slightly different than normal years.

Last year the draft was held virtually in the commissioner's basement, this year it's in Cleveland.

Last year effectively everyone was on their couch for the draft, this year 50,000 fans are expected to flock to Cleveland to see a select few players walk across the stage and bro-hug the commissioner.

Because of all of the virus concerns, every college athlete was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, so many seniors chose to stay in college for an extra year rather than take their shot at the NFL and declare for the draft.

For the most part, the high-end prospects are still entered in the draft, but it's the pool of possible day three picks and undrafted free agents who simply won't be there to be picked this year.

"I think a lot of those guys took the extra free year that the NCAA is allowing, so I think you're talking sixth, seventh and priority free agents it does get pretty thin because a lot of those guys went back instead of being forced to come out," Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said. "But overall it's pretty similar in terms of the number of guys on our board this year to what we've had in years past."

Unless the Bills make a trade-up higher in the first round it's going to be a late night until we figure out who they pick.


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