The Buffalo Bills went into Free Agency with little to no cap space and came out of it filling 90% of the holes. With Von Miller, OJ Howard, and a completely new DL, the Bills don’t have a lot of holes that still need to be addressed. Corner is undoubtedly the team’s biggest need, but if the right player isn’t there at pick 25, does Beane wait until round two? Or does he stick to his guns and go to his plan B option at CB? With less than a week to go until the draft, here’s my final Bills 2022 mock draft.
Round 1, pick 25: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
The Bills were rumored to be trying to trade up for one of the RBs last year, but with Travis Etienne & Najee Harris going early, the Bills moved to the pass rush position. This year, the Bills are in a prime position to land one of Breece Hall & Kenneth Walker. Breece is a do-it-all back that can give Josh Allen a break from time to time without missing a beat on offense. Last year he totaled 1,472 yards & 20 TDs with 302 yards & three receiving TDs. Hall was among the Bills’ visits
Round 2, pick 57: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
The Bills finally take that CB with McCreary. Roger had a good season tracking the ball in 2021, totaling two INTs & 14 passes defended. Buffalo usually doesn’t worry about how their CB2 will be, but with Levi Wallace gone & Tre White recovering from his torn ACL, the Bills will look to improve their depth.
Round 3, pick 89: Cam Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska
This year, the Bills completely reshuffled the Guard position. With Jon Feliciano & Darryl Williams gone their separate ways, the Bills’ Guard depth is limited. The team brought back Ryan Bates & signed Rodger Saffold from the Titans, but still needs to add to it. Jurgens is a nice security blanket for this year in case of an injury and should take over a starting position in the near future.
Round 4, pick 130: Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
Thornton made his money at the combine, running a blazing 4.28. Thornton fills the lack of speed on the Bills’ offense and gives Josh Allen the burner that he’s been missing on offense. Last year, Thornton totaled 948 yards & 10 TDs with 15.3 yards per catch.
Round 5, pick 168: Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
After releasing AJ Klein this off-season to clear cap space, the Bills’ depth took a hit. McFadden had a strong season last year, totaling 216 tackles, 14 sacks, and 36 TFLs, while also totaling four INTs. McFadden will make his money as a depth LB who can stuff the run well & play ST.
Round 6, pick 185: Reed Blankenship, Safety, Middle Tennessee
Many expect the Bills to replace Jordan Hoyer and draft a safety early this year. And unless they move Hoyer before this article is published, that won’t happen. Both sides want to be here, so no Kyle Hamilton or Lewis Cine. Blankenship, however, provides the team with a very talented third safety with Neal spending time at slot. In his final season, Reed totaled 106 tackles & 10 TFLs. Reed will most likely serve as a box safety in the league.
Round 6, pick 203: Peyton Hendershot, TE, Indiana
The Bills are putting more value into the TE position this year. With the team expected to run 2-TE sets this season, 3 quality TEs are necessary. Learning behind Dawson Knox & OJ Howard for a year would do Hendershot well, who had 543 yards & four TDs last season. Peyton does most of his work with the ball in his hands and really succeeds as a YAC guy.
Round 7, pick 231: Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana
Mitchell, who’s 6’6 299 pounds is an athletic freak. While some have him pegged to be a Guard convert due to his light weight, Mitchell’s athleticism & mental sharpness will help him at tackle at the next level. Mitchell views to be a project in the league, who could be a quality starter down the road.