As we move closer to the start of the 2022 NFL Draft, let’s look back at the most recent Buffalo Bills first-round draft picks and how they have done.
This was the first draft selection ever made by Sean McDermott’s staff. White was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. The Bills grabbed the future All-Pro after trading with the Kansas City Chiefs to move back from #10 to #27. When you select a guy late in the first round, you hope that you’re getting a quality player. The Bills got that and much more, as Tre White has become a First-Team All-Pro (2019), two-time Pro Bowler (2019 & 2020), and NFL interceptions co-leader (2019).
The 2018 NFL draft was General Manager Brandon Beane’s first NFL draft with the Buffalo Bills. They faced a very hard task as this was the highest-rated quarterback class in recent memory. Coming off a very disappointing playoff loss, the Bills needed to upgrade at the quarterback position. When the Bills made the move to trade up from #12 to #7, everyone thought they were gonna take Josh Rosen. This did not happen as the Buffalo Bills selected the face of their franchise, Josh Allen. Josh had a shaky first two years in the NFL, but that changed in 2020 as Allen lead the Buffalo Bills to an AFC Championship appearance. Josh Allen signed a six-year contract worth $258 million prior to the 2021 season. The Bills have their quarterback of the future.
The Buffalo Bills were not done yet, as the Bills traded up from #22 to #16 to draft their future MLB in Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds has been very solid for the Bills over his first four seasons in the NFL. He’s earned two Pro Bowl nods and has been one of the main leaders on this Buffalo Bills defense, which ranked #1 in the NFL last season.
In the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Ed Oliver with the 9th overall pick out of Houston. Oliver made his presence known in the Thanksgiving game in his rookie season against the Dallas Cowboys. He recorded 2.0 sacks in an effort to help the Bills upset the Cowboys on primetime football. Ed had 4.0 sacks in 2021 and also ended the year with career highs in QB hits (14) and TFLs (10). The Bills recently picked up Ed Oliver’s fifth-year option.
In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Gregory Rousseau. Rousseau didn’t have a crazy first year by any means, but he did show promise as a pass rusher and run defender. Greg played and started in all 17 regular-season games for the Bills this past season. Rousseau had 4.0 sacks along with 10 QB hits and 8 TFLs. Also, in the Bills’ week 5 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, Groot made a big play for the Bills. As the Chiefs marched down the field, Rousseau used his height and length to intercept Patrick Mahomes.