The 2022 NFL draft is fast approaching at only two weeks away. The Buffalo Bills, like all teams, are conducting their top-30 draft prospect visits. Teams are allowed to host up to 30 prospects to get to know the player better and talk football. Some of the core players that the Bills have drafted the past few years have been top 30 visits, like Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Dawson Knox. With that said, let’s take a look at what prospects have visited Buffalo so far.
Cornerback Andrew Booth JR.
Clemson cornerback prospect Andrew Booth is considered one of the top options at cornerback in the upcoming draft. At 6’0” 200lbs, Booth is a favorite among members of Bills Mafia. Booth has the size and length (31 ½” arms) that Sean McDermott likes in his cornerbacks. Booth offers plus athleticism, instincts, and is not afraid to get chippy versus the run. Oh yeah, and the Bills’ number one need currently is a cornerback. If Booth falls to pick 25 the Bills should be all over it.
Running back Breece Hall
The Iowa State prospect is regarded by many as the best running back in the draft and is expected to be the first one selected. If the Bills want to land Hall they’ll likely have to do so at pick 25, as he probably won’t make it to their 2nd round choice. Hall could step in and make an impact right away on the Bills’ already dangerous offense. Hall has great size at 6’1” 220lbs and can handle being a workhorse back. In addition to that, the Bills were heavily linked to top running back prospect Travis Etienne last year. He was selected before their pick, but the back himself said he thought he was going to be a Buffalo Bill. With Devin Singletary set to be a free agent, the Bills could be looking for his replacement.
Wide Receiver John Metchie III
The Alabama product is one of the two next wide receiver prospects from Alabama to enter the NFL in this draft. Metchie tore his ACL in December and is working his way back from the injury which has made his stock drop some, but, he is still expected to go on day two. Metchie is 6’0” 195lbs and a crafty route runner who projects as a slot receiver in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills lost their sot receiver Cole Beasley this off-season, and only signed Jamison Crowder to a 1-year deal to replace him. Metchie could essentially get a redshirt year in Buffalo while working back from injury and take over the slot spot next season or later in the season if injuries occur.
Running Back James Cook
The brother of star running back Dalvin Cook, James Cook is a reigning National Champion out of Georgia. He is 5’11” 190lbs and is not only a good runner but can catch as well (something the Bills were after this off-season in terms of McKissic and Duke Johnson). Cook ran a 4.42 40-yard dash and is a good athlete. He currently projects as anywhere from round 2 to 4.
Safety Lewis Cine
Another Georgia Bulldog visited with the Buffalo Bills in Lewis Cine who is projected as a late first early second rounder. Cine is 6’1” 200lbs and was a pivotal piece in the Bulldogs’ championship run defensively. A great athlete, running a 4.37 40-yard dash, with a 36.5” vertical jump. With the Buffalo Bills safety duo of Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer (who also requested an extension and raise) both turning 31 years old, safety could be a wildcard pick for the Bills.
Safety Nick Cross
The Bills hosted another safety prospect the same day as Cine, in Maryland’s Nick Cross. Cross is 6’1” 215lbs and is a projected day 2 pick. Another great athlete, who ran a 4.34 40-yard dash with a 37” vertical jump. Cross is at his best when flying downfield to make plays and deliver hits.
O-lineman Dylan Parham
The 4-year starter out of Memphis is currently projected to be a day 2 pick. At 6’3” 285lbs, Parham will have to add on some weight as he is undersized for an NFL lineman. Parham has plenty of playing experience and can play both guard spots and has potential.
O-lineman Sean Ryhan
Sean Ryhan has started the past two seasons at left tackle for UCLA. At 6’5” 320lbs, Ryhan has good size and was a first-team All-Pac-12 player. He is currently a projected day 2 pick and is versatile with the ability to play both tackle and guard.
Tight End Isiah Likely
The Coastal Carolina product is viewed as one of the top tight-end prospects in this year’s draft. Likely is 6’4” 240lbs, and coming off a great season where he posted a stat line of 59-912-12. The Bills have Knox and Oj Howard, but it is rumored the Bills want to run more two tight end sets under new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. Because of this, adding another talented tight end could be a move the Bills make this draft and they have no tight ends under contract for the 2023 season.
O-lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere
Petit-Frere was Ohio State’s starting tackle last season and he stands at 6’5” and 315lbs. He is athletic with long arms of 33 5/8” and is viewed as a day 2 value pick. He is not ready to start right away and will need some time to develop.
Running Back Isaiah Spiller
The Texas A&M prospect has great size at 6’1” and 215lbs. Spiller is a nice prospect who was successful in college, he has solid elusiveness and good vision with good patience. However, his speed doesn’t jump out at you, and he currently projects as only a 2-down back in the NFL.
Tight End James Mitchell
The tight-end prospect tout of Virginia Tech is 6’3” 255lbs, he tore his ACL in September and is working his way back. He improved every year at Virginia Tech and is viewed as a developmental type of player.
Tight End Jalen Wydermyer
The former SEC All-Freshman is 6’5” 255lbs and has the size NFL teams like. He, however, is not too great in the route running department and isn’t the best run blocker. He does, however, have good jump ball skills.