Buffalo Bills: Re-drafting the 2020 NFL Draft one year later
Round 6 – Pick 9 (188th Overall)
As shaky as Tyler Bass was at times during his rookie season, this pick will not be changed in this hypothetical re-draft. Bass made 28 of his 34 field goal attempts this season at just over 84% and made 57 of his 59 extra point attempts this season at just over 96%.
Going into the 2020 draft, it was obvious the Buffalo Bills would be looking for a kicker because of the prior struggles of Stephen Hauschka. It was evident the Bills made the right decision to let Hauschka go before the season and make Bass the kicker when Hauschka went on to play one game this season and in that game he missed his only two field goal attempts of the season.
In addition to how solid Bass was in his rookie season in terms of putting points on the board, he also had some solid contributions on the kickoff team. Usually, it’s enough for the kicker to just boot the ball out the back of the end zone but Bass had enough control to get a lot of hang time on the ball and place it in the corner forcing a return from the opposition. There were multiple times this year that his ability to be precise on kickoffs forced poor field position from the opposition.
To sum it up, Bass certainly has room for improvement specifically in the area of field goal consistency, but that will come with time. Especially considering the elements, he will have to get used to kicking in Buffalo.
Original Pick: Tyler Bass
Re-Draft Pick: Tyler Bass