February 23, 2022

2022 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills 7-Round Mock Draft

The Buffalo Bills were 13 seconds away from hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game. Instead, Patrick Mahomes did his thing, and the Bills were sent home by the Chiefs for the second straight season. 

While the loss stings, the progression of this defense, and more importantly Josh Allen has been impressive and is a big reason why the Bills are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl this coming season. 

They do not have a lot of holes on their team, but there are a few areas to clean up. With nine total picks in this draft, they have plenty of opportunities to finally build that Super Bowl winner that the people of Buffalo have been craving.

With all of that being said, let's rebuild the Buffalo Bills.

Check out our 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft here.

Round 1, Pick 25: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M

The Bills can opt to do multiple things here, but they should address that defensive line if one of the top prospects like Leal drops to them. Buffalo was a solid team against the run, but they got torched at times against New England, Kansas City, and Indianapolis.

Leal can play both inside and outside to rush the quarterback. His quick first step and hand placement are already at an elite level. Pairing him up with Ed Oliver would create one of the top defensive line combos in the NFL. 

Round 2, Pick 57: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

With all of the top corners off the board, The Bills can wait until the second round to address a position of need. This is not necessarily a great cornerback draft, but there is a lot of upside for second-to-third round prospects like Kendrick. 

Kendrick is insanely athletic and was actually recruited as a wide receiver. He is solid in the run game, and his length and fluidity make him a great zone corner. 

Round 3, Pick 89: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

The Bills drafted A.J. Epenesa not too long ago, but he has not really made much of an impact. Although they selected Greg Rousseau last season, adding another young edge rusher with a lot of upside is well worth it in the third round. 

I am of the school of thought that you should build your team from the inside, and work your way back. The Bills already have everything outside the offensive and defensive line, so they should address that position again. 

Round 4, Pick 128: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Once upon a time, Ross was going to be the top wide receiver in his class no matter which year he came out. However, a neck injury derailed his career, and although he came back last year, something looked off about his game. 

When you are as good as Buffalo is, you should use the draft for depth and drafting high-upside players like Ross in the later rounds. There is always the chance that Ross grades well at the combine, and if that happens, he will shoot up draft boards because of his very high ceiling. However, if he is available at this point, Buffalo should not hesitate to make the call.

Round 5, Pick 167: Lecitus Smith, OL, Virginia Tech

The Bills could use some tackle help, but based on how this simulation worked out, there was not a lot of value for the Bills to look over. I am not in love with Smith as a prospect, but he is strong, physical, and he is shockingly mobile and quick for someone who stands at 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds. 

Like a lot of offensive linemen in this draft, he needs to completely retool his game, but he has all the physical traits to be a serviceable piece on this roster. 

Round 6, Pick 183: Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU

Zack Moss and Devin Singletary were very solid for the Bills last season, but who knows how long they will be at the top of their games? Just keep bringing in young faces and bringing youth into your skill rooms. 

Round 6, Pick 201: Leon O'Neal Jr., S, Texas A&M

The Bills had two All-Pros in their safties room with Jordan Poyer (First-Team) and Micah Hyde (Second-Team). Like I said, however, if you can find a high-upside player in the later rounds, you absolutely need to take a chance. 

O'Neal was very good for Texas A&M, but he is pretty slow. He reportedly ran a 4.7 second 40 in high school, and his range was always his biggest Achilles heel. However, he is a stud athlete outside of his speed, and he is a very smart player. If he can get with a good speed program, this could be a late-round pick we talk about for a long time. 

Round 7, Pick 228: Zakoby McClain, LB, Auburn

Once again, there are a lot of high-upside players available in the later rounds. McClain made a lot of big plays for Auburn, and that is thanks to his incredible athletism and his ability to quickly diagnose the play. 

He needs to work on his tackling in space, but there is a lot to like when looking at McClain. 

Round 7, Pick 243: Myron Cunningham, OT, Arkansas

After starting his career in JUCO ball, Cunningham joined the Hogs and did fairly well for himself. He is certainly a developmental player, but there is a lot to like. He is very smooth in pass pro, and his athleticism allows him to not rely on pure strength against twitchy edge rushers. 

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