Bills selects Cole Bishop with 60th pick: Instant grade and analysis

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The Buffalo Bills finally made a pick after two trades in the first round moved them completely out of the round. They would have the 33rd overall pick, the first pick of Day 2, and went with wide receiver Keon Coleman.

The wide receiver position was the biggest need and with their second pick in the second round at number 60, the Bills address another need with the selection of Cole Bishop out of Utah. This offseason, the Bills said goodbye to Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde who developed into one of the best safety duos in the NFL over the past seven seasons.

Cole Bishop will now try to fill big shoes in the back end of this secondary but is a versatile safety that fits what the Bills typically look for at the position. In three seasons for the Utes, he had 197 total tackles, three interceptions, 7.5 sacks, and 12 passes defended.

Instant grade for the Buffalo Bills selection of Cole Bishop: A-

While Bishop might eventually be the replacement for either Micah Hyde or Jordan Poyer, he will need some time to develop at the position. The Buffalo Bills have the luxury of being patient with him as they do have Mike Edwards and Taylor Rapp already under contract and are more than capable of being the starters.

As a rookie, Bishop can still contribute if he isn't the starter and the Bills will try to work him onto the field for three safety looks but play him closer to the line of scrimmage to really take advantage of his tackling and ability to track down the ball carrier through traffic.

The Buffalo Bills have now addressed two key positions very early in this NFL Draft and still have eight picks left to make, including one in Round 3.