2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Buffalo Bills draft analysis, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: Buffalo Bills Draft Analysis
2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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Buffalo Bills Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (23) CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
2 (63) RB James Cook, Georgia
3 (89) LB Terrel Bernard, Baylor
5 (146) LB Micah McFadden, Indiana
6 (180) P Matt Araiza, San Diego State
6 (185) CB Christian Benford, Villanova
6 (209) OT Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech
7 (231) LB Baylon Spector, Clemson
Buffalo Bills Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– This draft was a bit more about finishing things off. The Bills didn’t have any glaring, massive needs – cornerback was close – and they were able to find solid parts to throw into an already good mix.
– Kaiir Elam still has to prove he’s back to form after a bit of a down year, but the skills and measurables are there to be a dangerous, long corner to fill the hole.
Clemson’s Andrew Booth and Washington’s Kyler Gordon were safer options the Bills passed up. Grabbing Christian Benford in the sixth round is a flier, but he’s at least another option to see if it might work.
– James Cook might be the starting running back next year coming from late in the second round, and considering where other punters were selected, Matt Araiza – the best in the draft – in the sixth round was a ridiculous-good get.
Buffalo Bills Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 6 (180) P Matt Araiza, San Diego State
Biggest Reach: 1 (23) CB Kaiir Elam, Florida
Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (209) OT Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech
Buffalo Bills Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– Buffalo is in one of the nicest positions in the draft for one key reason. It doesn’t desperately need anything other than a few upgrades. The talent is there, the depth was helped out across the board through free agency – especially on the defensive line – and landing Von Miller gives the team that extra pass rusher that was one of the areas that needed a slight boost.
– It all means the Bills can take the best player available at the 25, and that’s a good place to be in a sneaky-deep draft. They have three of the top 89 picks, and they can bulk up with options with the last five late picks to see if they can find someone who sticks.
– Buffalo was solid drafting from 2017 to 2019, the 2020 draft wasn’t anything great – there wasn’t a first rounder – and last year’s draft was solid for the lines.
– So who’ll be there in the first round for Buffalo? Now they need a better running back, a good wide receiver would help, and corner might be the one area to target.
The running back can be there at the 57 – Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker and Iowa State’s Breece Hall could be there, and James Cook, Isaiah Spiller, and others should be around at the 89 – and a good cornerback will be there at the 25.
Clemson’s Andrew Booth should be around, and Washington’s Kyler Gordon and Florida’s Kaiir Elam will both be around.
Buffalo Bills 2021 Draft Picks
1 (30) EDGE Greg Rousseau, Miami
2 (61) DE Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
3 (93) OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa
5 (161) OT Tommy Doyle, Miami University
6 (203) WR Marquez Stevenson, Houston
6 (212) S Damar Hamlin, Pitt
6 (213) CB Rachad Wildgoose, Wisconsin
7 (236) OG Jack Anderson, Texas Tech
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