The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Damar Hamlin to his four-year rookie contract, the team announced on Friday.
Hamlin was the second of three sixth round picks for the Bills in the 2021 NFL Draft, selected 212th overall out of Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder registered 275 total tackles, 10 including tackles for loss, and six interceptions in 46 collegiate games spanning five years, earning Second-Team All-ACC honors last season.
Despite being a sixth round pick, Hamlin may be in a better position to carve out a role than some other rookies, because the Bills' No. 3 safety position appears to be wide-open.
Starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer rarely come off the field, but when they have that was Dean Marlowe’s spot. He signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent. Jaquan Johnson has been in Buffalo for two years, but he’s mainly been only a special teams player up to this point. The coaching staff likes Josh Thomas a lot, but he’s yet to play a defensive snap in the NFL, appearing in two games on special teams last season.
That leaves the competition for the main backup job right there for Hamlin to grab. He’s also a terrific special teams player himself, increasing his chances to make the team and see the field.
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