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NFL Draft best players available for Buffalo Bills: Breece Hall, Nick Cross

The first round of the NFL Draft is over, the Bills have a brand new cornerback in Kaiir Elam and now turn their attention to Day 2. The Bills hold the No. 57 pick, a second-round pick, and the No. 89, a third round.

With one need already addressed, who might the bills address in the second and third rounds? Here’s a running list, organized by position, of which players would make sense for the Bills.

Running backs

Breece Hall, Iowa State

Hall to the Bills makes sense for many reasons, and you can read a much more detailed case for the Bills to take it at No. 25. It would immediately give them the explosive run option they lack and an upgrade for passing play out of the backfield. Hall’s patient running style is also a perfect fit for the zone running program the Bills are likely to implement, based on recent roster and coaching moves.

Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State

Walker has an explosive element to his game when he can plant his foot and drive through a seam. The Bills don’t have a running back with that quick acceleration and maintaining momentum to break up a gigantic run. Walker could be the point guard again at Buffalo after 2022.

Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

Spiller seems like a great choice for a zone run scheme and plays much faster than his timed speed would indicate. He would have met the bills as part of the pre-drafting process.

James Cook, Georgia

The highest-rated third-down receiving option in the draft, his integration into the current team structure would be seamless. The big question for Cook is how he would translate the first downs and if there is a potential for three downs each week. However, after the Bills failed to land first back JD McKissic in free agency, Cook would be a great replacement.

Wide Receivers

Skyy Moore, West Michigan

When the Bills released Cole Beasley, it opened a void for a long-term option at the slot receiver. In the meantime, they have ended up signing Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder, but Moore could give them a developmental prospect to partner with Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis on the long term.

Christian Watson, State of North Dakota

George Pickens, Georgia

John Metchie III, Alabama

After suffering a torn ACL in December, Metchie is unlikely to have an immediate impact on the 2022 season. The strength of his game lies in his road running and his versatility to line up both away and in the slot. According to AthleticismDraft expert Dane Brugler, “Metchie is only average height and speed, but he’s a seasoned road runner who knows how to handle coverage and be a quarterback’s best friend.”

Wan’ Dale Robinson, Kentucky

An incredibly versatile option who can do a lot in the Bills’ offensive scheme, Robinson is an intriguing prospect to round out their receiving corps in 2022. He can line up in the backfield, in the slot, on the outside and has special teams potential like a comeback.

Alec Pierce, Cincinnati

Calvin Austin III, Memphis

A potential slot receiver with exceptional speed at the lane, Austin could give the Bills offense something it doesn’t have. He also brings some punt return ability, which the Bills have struggled to find a consistent answer to in 2021.

Khalil Shakir, Boise State

An excellent road runner with some backhand versatility, Shakir could be an enticing target as a long-term third-round slot receiver.

Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

tight ends

Trey McBride, State of Colorado

Dawson Knox and OJ Howard’s contracts expire at the end of the season, which could make the Bills want to invest in a tight end who can help their offense as a blocker and receiver. The Bills will also likely run more sets at tight ends in 2022. McBride would be the top of the line and should probably be their second-round pick if they want him, but he may be a long-term option to partner with. Knox. .


Colorado State tight end Trey McBride might suit what the Bills want to do offensively. (Jeffrey Becker / USA Today)

Greg Dulcich, UCLA

Jelani Woods, Virginia

Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

The Bills might be able to wait until the fourth round with Likely, but they met him before the draft and he has intriguing potential as a wide receiver on their offense. He is a former high school wide receiver and had 14 20-plus-yard receptions in 2021, including a 99-yard touchdown. They may have to strike in the third round if they want to.

James Mitchell, Virginia Tech

A torn ACL early in the season cost him his final year at Virginia Tech, but Mitchell is an excellent athlete who could give the Bills a chance to draft and stash an injured reserve player for the year. Brugler said: “He is a three-tiered pass-catching threat with exceptional body control and hand strength. He has NFL starting potential as an H-back and would be drafted higher were it not for his knee injury.

Interior offensive line

Cam Jürgens, Nebraska

A name that garnered attention throughout the pre-draft process, Jurgens looks like a potential all-rounder with incredible athletic traits to become a starter down the line.

Dylan Parham, Memphis

A pre-draft visitor with the Bills, Parham fits the athletic mold the team has added to the offensive line and projects himself long-term as a guard and center. The Bills crave that interior offensive line flexibility.

Nicholas Little Brother, State of Ohio

Little Brother played two years at tackle but the top drafts in the Bills scheme at guard. With the team needing depth on the offensive line, he would fit in well in many places.

Sean Rhyan, UCLA

A starter for three years at left tackle, Rhyan is seen as a guard where he can best use his mutilation and athleticism skills to his advantage. According to Brugler, there is some versatility in Rhyan’s game for power and area blocking patterns.

Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina

A reported visitor before the draft, Ezeudu has the athleticism the Bills have targeted in the offseason and can play guard and tackle. He started 20 college games at left guard.

Spencer Burford, UTSA

Edge Precipitators

Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State

Ebiketie has the length and explosiveness that the Bills usually covet in this position.

David Ojabo, Michigan

A torn Achilles on his pro day will likely hurt Ojabo’s draft position. Even though he won’t be playing in 2022, his long-term potential may be hard to pass up.

Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

An intriguing name because at 6-foot-3 and 248 pounds, he’s smaller than the Bills typically prefer, but they can see him as a hybrid linebacker and edge rusher to use on multiple downs.


Oklahoma edge rusher Nik Bonitto could be a consideration for the Bills on Day 2. (Andrew Dieb/USA Today)

Dominique Robinson, Miami, Ohio

DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky

Defensive tackles

Travis Jones, UConn

An intriguing fit as a versatile one-touch and three-touch prospect, Jones could be the player the Bills want to pair Oliver with in the coming seasons. At 6-4 and 325 pounds, Jones appears to be a rising talent. The Bills are loaded at defensive tackle for 2022 and 2023 with Oliver, DaQuan Jones and Tim Settle, which could deter them from drafting Jones with an early pick. Either way, the philosophical and schematic adjustments are strong.

Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma

linebackers

Nakobe Dean, Georgia

Although Dean (5-11, 229 pounds) is much smaller than what the Bills have in Edmunds (6-4, 253 pounds), he is considered a potential three-down player with excellent leadership qualities. He is closer in size to the other Bills starter, Matt Milano (6-foot, 223 pounds).

Chad Muma, Wyoming

Muma met with the Bills several times throughout the pre-draft process, and the team likely has a good scouting report from former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. At nearly 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds, he could slot in as a center linebacker or strongside linebacker.

Troy Andersen, State of Montana

Brian Asamoah, Oklahoma

JoJo Domann, Nebraska

Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma State

Terrel Bernard, Baylor

Cornerbacks

Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

Only a one-year starter, Booth is a bit inexperienced compared to the rest of the cornerback options, but he has plenty of potential to become a great starter in the Bills scheme. It has the size and length they are looking for and gives them the fluidity and speed of play to switch between zone and man coverage. Booth also offers excellent tackling ability.

Kyler Gordon, Washington

Gordon is one of the best athletes at his position and has good height (5-11 1/2 and 195 pounds) and tackling ability. His agility on his professional day was exceptional. He was in the 97th percentile of all cornerbacks for the shuttle (3.96 seconds) and the 95th percentile in the three-cone (6.67 seconds). He also has class-leading explosiveness for his position, posting a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-8 wide jump. Gordon would be a good fit for the Bills’ plan.

Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska

Taylor-Britt has the potential to go earlier than some people realize, but he’s a perfect fit for the Bills’ zone scheme and how they want their cornerbacks to defend the run.

Joshua Williams, Fayetteville State

A former zero-star rookie who had to go the prep school route just to get Division II offers, Williams went from a high school wide receiver to a legitimate NFL draft prospect. He has the arm length (32.875 inches), tackle ability and coaching ability the Bills are looking for at the position to become a potential long-term starter. The underdog aspect for him won’t hurt his case with coach Sean McDermott and Beane either.

Martin Emerson, Mississippi State

A pre-draft visitor with the Bills, his height (6-1, 205 pounds) and arm length (33.5 inches) match what the Bills are looking for in that position. He could be immediately useful as a developmental limit cornerback and on special teams.

Tariq Laine, UTSA

Wool has the height (6-foot-4), arm-length (33.625 inches) and speed (4.26 40-yard dashes) that teams usually flock to in the draft. He may not be ready to start right away, but there are some exploitable traits that could become a top starter.

Coby Bryant, Cincinnati

Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh

Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State

Securities

Nick Cross, Maryland

Cross is a dynamic and versatile safety option who can train to replace Poyer in 2023. Ultimately, Cross seems to be at his best in the deep middle of the Hyde role, but he can play both places, which the Bills prefer. of their security. .

Bryan Cook, Cincinnati

Jaquan Brisker, Pennsylvania

Jalen Pitre, Baylor

(Breece Hall Top Photo: David K ​​Purdy/Getty Images)