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2022 Mock Draft Watch 1.0

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No. 25 – DT Jordan Davis, Georgia

Adding the run-stuffing, space-eating Davis would shore up the run defense and could help unleash Ed Oliver's true potential at three-technique.

No. 25 – DT Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

The Buffalo Bills have made it clear that they prioritize investing in the defensive line and as things currently stand, Buffalo has two defensive tackles under contract for the 2022 season. Considering how much Sean McDermott likes to rotate his players up front, more talent is needed.

Devonte Wyatt is an explosive penetrator that would wreak havoc next to Ed Oliver and provide the versatility needed to play over the center and as a three-technique.

No. 25 – CB Roger McCreary, Auburn

McCreary may not run in the 4.3s, and he may have short arms for the position, but he was one of the most consistent cornerbacks in college football. We saw that on a weekly basis vs. SEC opponents, and again during Senior Bowl week where he remained as advertised. Ultimately, he may not go in Round 1, but in a few years we may look back and wonder why.

No. 25 – DT Devonte Wyatt, Georgia

Another could-be steal of the draft, Wyatt has the get-off and pass-rush acumen that teams covet from their interior defensive linemen. His hand technique is advanced for his age, and he finally found his footing this season, as his grade improved from 72.9 in 2020 to 89.8 in 2021.

No. 25 – EDGE Travon Walker, Georgia

The Bills need improvements along their offensive and defensive lines, and after drafting Greg Rousseau in Round 1 in 2021, they could go back to the D-line this year. Walker is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound project edge rusher who oozes talent. He has physical traits and length that NFL scouts look for, though he's still learning how to put everything together. He played mostly as a tight 5-technique for the Bulldogs, which means he didn't have many opportunities to rush the passer, but he has a high ceiling. He had six sacks last season.

Biggest needs: CB, DL, IOL

No. 25 – CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

The Bills have a good No. 2 corner to Tre'Davious White in Levi Wallace, but Wallace will be a free agent and White will be coming off a torn ACL for his Age 27 season. With limited weaknesses as Super Bowl contenders, they should look for a direct replacement for Wallace outside. McDuffie can offer great explosiveness and quickness for Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier.

No. 25 – CB Roger McCreary, Auburn

I think the Buffalo Bills put the entire world on notice that they are true AFC contenders for years to come. But the team they will undoubtedly have to go through is the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills were just one defensive play away from possibly moving on to the next round. With that being said, I think they draft a cornerback and this pick is in direct response to the thought process that they are going to have to make plays against the Chiefs in the passing game.

No. 25 – CB Kaiir Elam, Florida

Losing Tre'Davious White late in the season did little to dull Buffalo's pass defense — at least until it ran into Kansas City in the playoffs. Levi Wallace is the type of No. 2 cornerback who opposing teams will always be looking to challenge, and Elam is a perfect addition. Elam has prototypical size and length, and he allowed 18 catches all of last season in the SEC.

No. 25 – CB Kaiir Elam, Florida

Speaking of this year's deep corner class, here's yet another first-rounder, as the Bills look to upgrade across the field from Tre'Davious White. Similar to McCreary, Elam was consistently successful at shutting down SEC talent, excelling in particular in press-man coverage.

No. 25 – CB Roger McCreary, Auburn

Secondary play has been the strength of the Bills' top-ranked defense. McCreary would add another lock-down defender to a unit that specializes in tight coverage.

No. 25 – CB Daxton Hill, Michigan

Hill is part of a Wolverines defense that could end up seeing three players go in Round 1 next spring. He's underrated nationally but watch him play and it becomes clear pretty quickly that he's in the running for one of the best defensive backs in this class. He's listed as a safety but he can line up anywhere.

No. 25 – CB Andrew Booth, Clemson

Buffalo doesn't have a ton of needs, especially on defense — where it fielded the fourth highest-graded coverage unit in the NFL. The Bills certainly hope Tre'Davious White will be back at CB1 next year after he tore his ACL midway through this season. But they could use an upgrade at CB2. Sliding Booth in there would make that secondary, along with two of the best safeties in the league, one of the strongest in the league.

No. 25 – IOL Zion Johnson, Boston College

Johnson is one of my absolute favorite prospects in the entire 2022 NFL Draft. He looks like he was created in a lab to combat Aaron Donald. He's a monster. On the field, Johnson is an athletic freak who has the strength, flexibility, footwork, and range to be one of the best guards (or centers) in the league within his first few seasons.

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