Buffalo Bills 2022 Draft
The Buffalo Bills added another horrific chapter to their team’s history of playoff disappointments last season. After rallying late in the AFC title game in Kansas City to take the lead with 13 seconds left, Buffalo allowed the Chiefs to force overtime. The homestanding Chiefs won the toss, scored a touchdown, and cut short a promising season by the Western New Yorkers. This isn’t a team that lucked its way into the AFC East title, however.
The Bills are returning a strong roster, headlined by quarterback Josh Allen, and will be hot in pursuit of another Super Bowl run. Allen threw for nearly 9,000 yards and 73 touchdowns (25 interceptions) over the past two seasons. Building a better roster won’t be easy for Buffalo, having just $2 million in salary-cap space available, as of this writing, The Bills have momentum, not wanting to regress after so many years of being lost souls.
The Bills did reach into the deep end of the free-agent pool, signing two-time Super Bowl-winning linebacker Von Miller, Miller, late of the L.A. Rams, is not expected to see the full $120 million over the half-dozen seasons, but will get $53 million over the next three.
Buffalo will have to adapt to is some new faces at important coaching positions. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll departed, now the coach of the New York Giants. He was credited with helping Allen’s development and tailoring an offense to fit his abilities.
Players Leaving the Buffalo Bills
The Bills released offensive lineman Daryl Williams, helping to free $5.5 million in space before the free-agency period started. Williams played at tackle and right guard, starting every game during his two years in Buffalo. Williams wasn’t the only domino to fall on the Bills’ line, however.
Buffalo also released Jon Feliciano as well. Feliciano started six games last season for the Bills while battling injuries and COVID-19. During his three-season tenure with Buffalo, he had 35 total starts.
The Bills also released linebacker A.J. Klein, saving the club $5.1 million in cap space. He missed games due to COVID-19 last season, seeing his playing time diminish severely. Klein only made 33 tackles and didn’t record a sack in 2021.
Quarterback Mitch Trubisky moved on to compete for the starting job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Trubisky didn’t see much time — 43 yards passing and an interception-during his only season with the Bills, he was as an understudy to Allen. In his career, Trubisky is 29-21 as a starter (64 touchdowns and 38 interceptions).
Positions Needed by the Buffalo Bills
Buffalo added another quarterback in veteran Case Keenum, a serviceable backup. Trubisky’s exit and Allen’s willingness to put his body at risk to make plays means the Bills need a reliable option, just in case. The 17-game schedule, implemented last season, has made quarterback depth quite necessary.
Buffalo needs more depth at wide receiver. The Bills have Stefon Diggs, who led the team with 1,225 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. Emmanuel Sanders, who’s still productive at 34, finishing with 693 yards, but isn’t as explosive as he used to be. He’s been hinting at retirement. Cole Beasley was released.
The Bills had a balanced pass rush last season, recording 42 sacks. However, they could look to find more depth on the defensive line. Defensive end Mario Addison led the team with seven sacks, while no one else recorded more than four.
Buffalo might also be well served to find another running back. With Allen’s style, it’s unlikely he will cut his own running altogether, but the Bills will need to get more from the running game. Devin Singletary led the team with 870 rushing yards.
Buffalo Bills Mock Draft
Buffalo has nine selections in the 2022 draft. In the first round, the Bills will be able to find help on the defensive line. Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt recorded 2½ sacks, two forced fumbles, and batted down a pass. Wyatt also recorded 39 tackles, including 18 solos, to help the Bulldogs win the national championship.
With the Bills’ second-round pick, perhaps they can grab another defensive lineman in Alabama’s Phidarian Mathis Mathis is more of a pass-rushing threat, collecting nine sacks, forcing a fumble, and recovering two others. Mathis is a strong athlete, defending five passes during his collegiate career and making a large leap in productivity during his senior season.
In the third round, Buffalo could grab cornerback Mario Goodrich out of Clemson. Goodrich, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, intercepted two passes for the Tigers last season, defending nine others. He had a career-high 42 tackles, including 26 solos.
In the fourth round, Texas-San Antonio running back Sincere McCormick may be there for the taking. He rushed for 1,479 yards in each of his last two seasons for the Roadrunners, scoring 26 touchdowns. McCormick was versatile, catching at least 20 passes in all three collegiate seasons. Check Bills’ NFL Draft odds and NFL Odds.
2022 NFL Draft Event Information
- Date: Thursday, Apr. 28th (Round 1) | Friday, Apr. 29th (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, Apr. 30th (Rounds 4-7)
- Time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, NV
- TV Channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
- NFL Draft Live Streaming: NFL Game Pass
2022 NFL First-Round Draft Order (with 2021 records)
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Detroit Lions
- Houston Texans
- New York Jets
- New York Giants
- Carolina Panthers
- New York Giants (via Bears)
- Atlanta Falcons
- Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos)
- New York Jets (via Seahawks)
- Washington Commanders
- Minnesota Vikings
- Houston Texans (via Browns)
- Baltimore Ravens
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins)
- Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts)
- Los Angeles Chargers
- New Orleans Saints
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- New England Patriots
- Green Bay Packers (via Raiders)
- Arizona Cardinals
- Dallas Cowboys
- Buffalo Bills
- Tennessee Titans
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Green Bay Packers
- Kansas City Chiefs (via Miami from 49ers)
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Detroit Lions (via Rams)
Teams with no First Round Pick
- San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears
- Denver Broncos
- Cleveland Browns
- Indianapolis Colts
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Los Angeles Rams
- Miami Dolphins