The State of the Bills:
The Bills are in full on win now mode and perennial super Bowl favorites heading into the 2022 season. After having their season ended by the Kansas City Chiefs the past two seasons, GM Brandon Beene is looking to add the missing pieces with an eye on the Lombardi trophy.
The offseason has already seen them fill key holes at some crucial positions by bringing in Von Miller, Rodger Saffold III, and O.J. Howard in free agency. Through the draft they will be looking to fill their No. 2 CB role, add another WR to Josh Alllen’s arsenal, and perhaps bring a youthful young RB into the locker room.
Booth is a twitchy, athletic corner with the man coverage tools and ball skills to develop into a strong starter at the next level, but his tackling woes and lack of hip fluidity could hold him back early in his career.
Looking to fill the No. 2 CB spot across from Tre’Davious White, the Bills would look to Booth to fill that role in the first round.
Dotson’s size and toughness limit him in certain situations, but his explosiveness and body control allow him to make spectacular plays at all levels of the field.
With departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley the Bills need to look at filling a void at the WR position and Dotson does just that.
Green can have inconsistent hand placement and needs more refined technique against finesse rushers, but he is a physical and athletic guard with the footwork, sheer strength, and awareness to be a difference maker on the inside.
The weak point of the Bills offense has been their OL play, more specifically their guards over the past several seasons, so any help would be a welcome addition to protecting Josh Allen and aiding in the run game.
Harris is a fast, smart, and versatile linebacker who has many of the requisite physical traits of a quality starter, but he needs to improve his downhill playmaking and zone instincts to reach his full potential.
While the Bills starting LBs are locked down with Edmunds and Milano, they will be looking for a back-up and some fresher legs if one of their starters may miss time due to injury which Harris can provide for them.
Metchie has the quickness, route running, and ability after the catch to be a threat out of the slot at the next level, but his inability to make contested grabs and lack of long speed may be what holds him back.
The Bills will be looking for WR help especially for a savvy route runner who can fill the void of Cole Beasley in the slot and Metchie fills this role perfectly.
Walker isn’t the most dynamic running back, and his passing game skills will need to be improved if he wants to see an every-down workload, but his vision as a ball carrier is excellent and should allow him to be a quality starter right away.
While RB may not be a focus of the offseason, having more options behind Devin Singletary also wouldn’t hurt the Bills offense and Walker provides skills they could use.
Ingram is gap-scheme-specific, and his limited athletic ability and finesse traits could hold him back if misutilized, but his pulling prowess, point-of-attack tenacity and power, and pass pro awareness should make him a starting-caliber NFL guard.
Ingram would give the Bills another option as an interior lineman, a position of weakness in the past.
Cook is a dynamic receiver who has the versatility and playmaking ability to win in space at the next level, but he’ll need to become a more technical and consistent runner and improve in pass pro to become a three-down back.
The third round is where the Bills may start to be more inclined to add a RB and Cook’s skill set, especially his abilities in the passing game, will earn him snaps on the Bills offense.
Robinson is undersized and needs improved route sharpness, savvy, and overall receiving play detail, but his short-area quickness and extensive history as a ball carrier give him an intriguing ceiling as a mismatch weapon out of the slot.
The versatility of Robinson would be a welcome addition to the Bills offense where he could fit right in lining up in the slot.
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