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2022 Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Round 2

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Wowza! What an exciting month these past few days have been for Buffalo Bills fans. Big Baller Brandon Beane conjured all his cap wizardry and summoned three hog mollies, two old friends, a backup TE, and VON FREAKING MILLER!!!

Now that the dust has (seemingly) settled, we have a clearer picture of how the Buffalo Bills may approach this April’s draft.

Alex Lucci (aka Thigh Doctor)

Previous Pick: WR Treylon Burks – Arkansas

I originally had the Bills trading up with Philly to take Jordan Davis. However, with the Bills grabbing three DTs in free agency, resources can be shifted elsewhere.

Burks has a versatile skill set, great hands, and is thicc. He will need time to develop his route running, but should provide tough YAC and be a chess piece.

Round 2: CB Tariq Woolen – UTSA

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This pick is for the “draft the freak and develop” crowd. He is 6’3”, 205 lbs and blazing fast. He got a late start to the position, as he is a converted WR. Woolen will thrive in zone coverage schemes and can be a matchup specialist with his size and speed. He is a bit raw, but his ceiling is ELITE.

Kent Lee Platte on Twitter: “Tariq Woolen is a CB prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 10 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 1 out of 1806 CB from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/yJUs24vfYD #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/qfcLQzgqSr / Twitter”

Tariq Woolen is a CB prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 10 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 1 out of 1806 CB from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/yJUs24vfYD #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/qfcLQzgqSr

Iestyn Harris

Previous Pick: CB Andrew Booth Jr. – Clemson

Round 2 (Trade Up with Eagles): TE Trey McBride – Colorado State

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TeamsPicks Received (Round)
Buffalo Bills#51 (2nd)
Philadelphia Eagles#57 (2nd), #231 (7th)
Trade Details

With no splashes made in the tight end market yet, Buffalo looks for longevity at a position of growing importance in their offense. Trey McBride is what people thought we could get with Evan Engram, but cheaper and younger. A polished route runner, he has the instincts of a receiver and good hands. Able to fight for leverage on every route, he excels in a zone offense. He’s an enthusiastic blocker, but in need of some work in that area, and would surely provide an upgrade and depth for the Bills. An offensive option geared for our scheme and play-calling, if Trey lands in Buffalo, he’d allow us to play those 12-personnel groupings that the Bills barely used in 2021.

(*Note: This excerpt was written prior to the O.J. Howard signing.*)

Pete Rubinstein

Previous Pick: CB Roger McCreary – Auburn

Despite wide receiver being a pressing need, cornerback is a much bigger one. After losing Levi Wallace to free agency, Roger McCreary brings athleticism and coverage skills to an elite Buffalo defense.

Round 2: EDGE Josh Paschal – Kentucky

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Josh Paschal brings a great amount of athleticism and leadership to the Buffalo Bills’ defense. The only three-time full-season captain in Kentucky football history, Paschal was named first-team All-SEC this past season after posting 52 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks in an impressive super-senior season. Although he may not be the edge rusher talent the Bills are exactly looking for, his leadership qualities and athletic abilities could help him mold into a solid pass rusher for Sean McDermott & Leslie Frazier.

(*Note: This excerpt was written prior to the Von Miller and Shaq Lawson signings.*)

Jon Witt

Previous Pick: CB Andrew Booth Jr. – Clemson

It really seems that either WR or DB will be the pick at 25. Arguably both are a position of need. With WR being a little deeper in this class, I went with Andrew Booth Jr at 25.  Booth is a lengthy, physical corner with overall good size. At Clemson he played both press man and zone coverage, so he can be used in any base set defense. He is a former five-star recruit who played in 35 total games at Clemson. He can come in and start opposite White day 1.

Round 2: WR George Pickens – Georgia

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Sticking with the theme of CB and WR being a need, the Bills get a potential steal in Pickens. Pickens tore his ACL during spring ball, but was able to return for the playoffs. If it was not for that ACL injury, and he had played a full season, he would be talked about as one of the top WRs in the class. He is very sure handed with a wide catch radius. He plays physical with a willingness to go up and get the ball, but also was a stout blocker at Georgia. The combine proved that Pickens is healthy and ready to compete at an elite level.

Alex Spencer

Previous Pick: WR Treylon Burks – Arkansas

Round 2: CB Kyler Gordon – Washington

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Coming in at pick 57, I have the Bills taking CB Kyler Gordon out of Washington. Gordon stands at 5’11”, 194lbs and displays elite athleticism. Gordon is an exceptional tackler, which is a trait valued highly by McDermott and Fraizer. He possesses athletic upside at the position that the Bills have lacked for the past few years. With Tre White’s ACL recovery likely extending into the season, coupled with Levi Wallace’s departure, adding a player like Gordon is a much needed addition for the Bills secondary. Surrounded by strong veteran safeties, the raw corner Gordon may be able to flourish. He should prove to be a wonderful compliment to Tre White.

Bryce Martino

Previous Pick: WR Treylon Burks – Arkansas

Round 2: CB Roger McCreary – Auburn

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The Buffalo Bills have a glaring need at corner with Tre White out with a torn ACL and Levi Wallace leaving for the Pittsburgh Steelers. McCreary was fantastic for the Tigers during his Auburn career, totaling six INTs, 30 passes defended, and 130 tackles in four seasons with the team. McCreary, standing at 6’0”, 190 lbs, is big and physical enough to keep up with the bigger receivers in the division. Pairing him with Tre White and Taron Johnson would make for a very good trio at corner.

Trish Patel

Previous Pick: WR Jahan Dotson – Penn State

Round 2: CB Josh Jobe – Alabama

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Jobe is an excellent corner on the boundary. This is where the Bills had issues last season. When White was sidelined, there was some suffling of positions and the remaining CBs struggled outside the numbers. Jobe solves this problem and more, especially with Wallace now in Pittsburgh. He can provide some much needed support and depth.

Kevin Siracuse

Previous Pick: CB Andrew Booth Jr. – Clemson

After not being able to bring back Levi Wallace and with Tre’Davious White recovering from a torn ACL, the Bills desperately need some help at cornerback. So with their first round pick, I believe that they will draft a corner.

Andrew Booth Jr. is arguably a top-three corner in this loaded draft but may see his draft stock fall due to the core muscle surgery that he’s expected to have next week, and because Washington’s Trent McDuffie’s stock keeps rising. But at 6’0”, 201 pounds, Booth Jr. has the size, length, athleticism, physicality, ball skills, and instincts to immediately be a starting NFL cornerback. The Bills could snag him at 25 and end up having their CB2 of the future.

At the end of the college season, PFF Draft gave Booth Jr. a grade of 83.3, the second highest coverage grade among ACC CBs since 2020.

Round 2: WR Skyy Moore – Western Michigan

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As much as some Bills fans want to take a wide receiver in the first round, cornerback is currently a bigger need for the Bills. Buffalo re-signed Jake Kumerow and Isaiah McKenzie and then signed TE O.J. Howard. However, they still need some help at the position, especially after the release of Cole Beasley. The Bills need to find that number three option behind Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.

That’s why, with their second round pick, I believe that they will select Skyy Moore to be their slot receiver of the future. Scouts are saying that Moore (5’10”, 195 pounds) could be the top slot receiver in this draft. After running a 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine, Moore has the speed to work the middle of the field and burn you deep. He has experience inside and outside as a receiver, so if the Bills want to line up McKenzie in the slot and Moore out wide, they have the flexibility to do so. His 91.6 PFF grade in 2021 was the highest ever by a MAC WR.

2021 Stats (12 games): 95 rec, 1,292 yds (13.6 avg), 10 TDs

Zach Vaughn

Previous Pick: G/C Zion Johnson – Boston College

Round 2 (Trade Up with Browns): CB Roger McCreary – Auburn

TeamsPicks Received (Round)
Buffalo Bills#44 (2nd)
Cleveland Browns#57 (2nd), #168 (5th), 2023 6th
Trade Details

After a flurry of free agent moves, the Buffalo Bills only have a few needs left. The main ones are guard, cornerback, and wide receiver (slot/depth). I already addressed the guard position in Round 1 (Zion Johnson), so I turned my attention to the cornerback position. Why? Because the quality of corner prospects drops off significantly after Round 2. That is also why I pulled the trigger and traded up seven spots.

I ended up with my choice of two CBs: Kyler Gordon (Washington) and Roger McCreary (Auburn). This pick was a coin toss as both players have a similar size, are good athletes, and excel in man and zone coverage. The Bills could use someone like them opposite Tre White (when he comes back from his injury). However, the main reason I chose McCreary over Gordon is because he faced (and thrived against) stiffer competition in the SEC. This past season, McCreary led the conference – headlined by Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Arkansas – in pass break ups (14).

What do you think the Buffalo Bills will do? Leave a comment below!!

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Teddy

    March 21, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    I think the bills should trade up for K9

  2. Anonymous

    March 18, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    I like the thigh guy picks

    • Benny G

      March 22, 2022 at 7:46 am

      McCreary or Linderbaum in round 1 and Metchie and James Cook rounds 2-3. A LB in round 4

    • The butcher

      March 22, 2022 at 8:19 am

      Yea he gets it

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