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Keeping track of the Bills' undrafted free agents

Keeping track of the Bills' undrafted free agents

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Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane watches players warm up before the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (James P. McCoy / Buffalo News)

Bills General Manager Brandon Beane was eager to get his post-draft news conference finished Saturday because he wanted to dig in on the undrafted free agent market, which is expected to be active and volatile. 

As per custom, a number of agents had deals in place for their clients should they not get picked as the draft rolled to its conclusion. Those deals should be considered unofficial until they are announced by teams.

Bills cornerback Levi Wallace, tight end Reggie Gilliam, linebacker Tyrel Dodson and cornerback Cam Lewis all played in the regular season for the team last year after originally coming to the organization as undrafted free agents. 

Following the draft, the Bills' roster stood at 78 players, meaning they could sign as many as 13 undrafted free agents. The limit is 91, as running back Christian Wade still counts as a roster exemption as part of the NFL's International National Player Pathway program. 

The Bills began with Fresno State offensive lineman Syrus Tuitele, who was second-team All-Mountain West last fall and checks in at 6 feet, 6 inches and 298 pounds. Tuitele played right tackle at Fresno State, but his NFL future is expected to be at guard.

San Diego State safety Tariq Thompson, 6-0, 210

In eight starts as a senior, he had 41 tackles, an interception and three pass breakups. Thompson was a ballhawk in college, finishing his career with 35 passes defensed and 12 interceptions. He was a second-team member of the All-Mountain West Conference in each of his first three seasons before making the first team as a senior. 

San Jose State wide receiver Tre Walker, 5-11, 178

He totaled 189 receptions for 2,790 yards and 12 touchdowns in his college career. He ran a 4.47 at his pro day. Walker is known as a jump-ball specialist who plays bigger than his listed height.

Notre Dame cornerback Nick McCloud, 6 foot, 193

A transfer from North Carolina State, he had 33 tackles, a team-high eight passes defensed and one interception in his one season for the Fighting Irish as a grad transfer. He battled a shoulder injury most of the season but played in 12 games. In his final season at N.C. State, McCloud missed all but the season opener because of a knee injury. He showed impressive quickness on both the short shuttle (4.16 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.93).

Bowling Green tight end Quintin Morris, 6-2,  251

Morris started 11 of 12 games played in 2018, scoring seven times on 42 catches (516 yards, 12.3 yards per reception). He moved from wide receiver to a hybrid tight end position in 2019, earning second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors by leading the Falcons with 55 receptions for 649 yards and four touchdowns in 12 starts. League coaches voted him first-team all-MAC after he had 20 catches for 248 yards in five starts in 2020. Like five of the Bills' draft picks, Morris accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Southern California cornerback Olaijah Griffin, 5-11, 176

Griffin, the son of rapper Warren G, was voted an All-Pac-12 honorable mention in each of the past two seasons. He finished 2020 with 22 tackles, one interception and four passes defensed in six games. In 2019, he led the Trojans with nine passes defensed in 11 games (missing two games because of back spasms). He had surgeries on both shoulders following his freshman year in 2018. 

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