Buffalo Bills Draft Kevon Seymour In The Sixth Round
On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills drafted cornerback Kevon Seymour from USC in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. This was the first defensive back the Bills drafted this year. The last year that they did not draft a defensive back with one of their picks was in 2010 so it was shocking the Bills had not drafted one until their last pick.
Seymour was a three-year starter at USC. He’s 5’11” and 186 pounds according to NFL.com. He’s been injured a couple of times injuring both his knee and his ankle last season which caused him to miss a few games.
It seems like Seymour will be used as a special teams player for the Bills which makes sense. It’s a lot easier for a late round pick to make a team when they can contribute in additional areas. According to NFL.com, some of his strengths include:
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"Special teams standout with 19 tackles over the last three years and eight this season. Might have value as a gunner. Plays speed is NFL-caliber."
"Seymour’s stock took a hit from his injury but his film was also never as productive as the top half of this class. He has raw talent and could develop into being a solid player or nickel back but expect his role to be more special teams based than anything else."
Taking a flyer on a 6th round corner can never hurt. NFL teams can never have enough corners and it makes sense to continually draft them to replenish depth at the position. When those flyers can also contribute on special teams it gives them a legitimate chance of making the roster which is all you can ask of a late sixth round pick.
Seymour was the Bills final pick of the draft at #218 overall. Their other picks were Shaq Lawson (19), Reggie Ragland (41), Adolphus Washington (80), Cardale Jones (139), Jonathan Williams (156), and Kolby Listenbee (192).
All in all, it was a successful draft for the Bills who got two starters in rounds one and two, and two important depth players in rounds three and four who have the potential to start years down the road.