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2022 Buffalo Bills UDFA Signings (Part 1)

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The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone. 262 players heard their names called and are preparing for rookie minicamp with their new squads. However, there is also a large percentage of players who did not have that same fortune. Instead, they will be signing undrafted free agent deals and accepting invitations to rookie minicamps to try and prove the doubters wrong.

The Buffalo Bills have had their fair share of luck in the UDFA market recently. Guys like Levi Wallace and Reggie Gilliam became key pieces for the Bills on both sides of the ball. Although there’s a small chance these players will make the final squad, or even the practice squad for that matter, never say never.

In this two-part series, we’ll look at the 2022 Buffalo Bills undrafted free agents and rookie minicamp invitees.

TE Jaylen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

Former Texas A&M tight end Jalen Wydermer is probably the best pickup for the Bills in the UDFA market. A talented tight end with a fair amount of upside, many expected him to hear his name called, and to the surprise of many, he was not

A three-year starter under Jimbo Fisher, he has great size for his position and was an excellent red-zone threat. Unfortunately, he struggled to develop into the player he could have been. He struggled at points with drops and route running. On top of that, he is an adequate blocker at best.

Although he has a chance to make the final 53 or practice squad, he needs to improve in a lot of areas if he hopes to do so.

DL Kingsley Jonathan, Syracuse

Before being selected with the #1 overall pick in the 2022 CFL Draft, Kingsley Jonathan signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Buffalo Bills.

Jonathan was a very accomplished student-athlete at Syracuse, but mainly on the academic side rather than the athletic side. Still, he put together quite an impressive resume. Jonathan was one of the team’s most effective pass-rushers, recording 101 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, and 15.5 sacks in 56 games; not bad by any means. 

A five-year player, Jonathan was an on-again/off-again starter for the Orange. Despite starting all 11 games in 2020, Jonathan only started one game in 2021. Besides not being invited to the combine, Jonathan’s small size and lack of strength likely scared teams away from drafting him.

He will certainly have to impress to make it past camp. But at least he has a fall-back option North of the border.

WR Malik Williams, Appalachian State

Former Appalachian State wide receiver Malik Williams played an astonishing 65 collegiate games for the Mountaineers. Williams was a reliable target from the moment he stepped on campus. He finished fifth in all-time receiving yards and catches as well as seventh in receiving touchdowns.

It’s always shocking to see a three-time All-Conference selection go undrafted. But when you’re only 5’9”, don’t get invited to the combine, and have an unimpressive pro day, it kinda tells you why he didn’t.

We’ll see how Williams gets used, but with a deep — and I mean deep — Buffalo Bills wide receiver room, I don’t expect him to make it far.

WR Neil Pau’u, BYU

Just like Malik Williams, Neil Pau’u (pronounced pow-oo) is another very experienced wide receiver. 

A four-year player for the Kalani Sitake-led BYU Cougars, Pau’u has great size and showed some flashes during his time in Provo. Being a two-time All-Independent selection, Pau’u had 13 receiving touchdowns and just under 1,500 receiving yards. 

He did see his production decrease as the 2021 season went on and was not invited to the combine. It’s also important to note he sat out in 2019 due to a DUI, a class B misdemeanor; another big thing that scared scouts away.

Pau’u is another long shot to make this roster but it will be interesting to see how he pans out.

WR Keith Corbin III, Jackson State

The third wide receiver the Bills have signed so far is Jackson State’s Keith Corbin III.

A transfer from Houston (and an apparent friend of Ed Oliver), Corbin had a breakout year for Coach Prime (Deion Sanders) hauling in 69 receptions for 921 yards and seven scores in 2021. 

Corbin has six years of college ball under his belt and is a well-experienced player. Despite his experience, he was yet another non-Combine invite signing. With two other UDFA wideouts and a fair amount already on the roster, Corbin’s ticket to a roster/practice squad spot will be on special teams.

DT Prince Emili, Penn

Joining Kingsley Jonathan on the defensive line is All-Ivy League defensive tackle and New York native, Prince Emili.  

Standing at 6’2” and weighing 300 pounds, Emili has put up some pretty impressive numbers at the FCS level. He amassed 162 total tackles (89 solo), 30.5 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks in 37 games played.

Although he is small for his position, Emili is described as having “outstanding quickness” and can “easily change direction, move well laterally, and play with balance as well as body control.”

I could see him making the practice squad as a reserve 3-tech and quite possibly a defensive end.

Stay tuned for Part 2!!

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