MOCK DRAFT WATCH

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2022 Mock Draft Watch 5.0

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Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) leaving the field after a NCAA college football game, against Boston College Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

No. 25 – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

If Buffalo wants to come out on top of a loaded AFC, it should focus in on its cornerback group. Tre'Davious White is coming off an ACL tear, and Levi Wallace signed with Pittsburgh. I really like Booth's game and think he could be a No. 2 corner as a rookie, before developing into a No. 1. He is scheme-versatile, explodes out of his back pedal and shows above-average ball skills.

No. 25 – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

The corner position remains the one spot with concerns for the Bills. Booth could come in and push Dane Jackson.

No. 25 – WR Jameson Williams, Alabama

Williams is coming off a knee injury, but says he's ahead of schedule in his recovery. When healthy, he'll give the Bills a stellar speed merchant to complement Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis.

No. 25 – S 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 – WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Dotson may not be a physically imposing receiver, but he is a promising prospect because of his ball skills and strong route-running ability. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound receiver is coming off an 87.5 PFF grade and dropped only two of his 138 targets. He made highlight-reel catches look routine at Penn State and should continue to do so at the NFL level.

No. 25 – CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

The Bills lost good No. 2 corner Levi Wallace in free agency and No. 1 Tre'Davious 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 Kyler Gordon, Washington

The Bills don't have many holes, but they lost cornerback Levi Wallace in free agency to Pittsburgh. There are some promising cover men available here between Florida's Kaiir Elam, Clemson's Andrew Booth and Gordon. Michigan's Dax Hill, a really versatile DB, also might be tempting. But they go with Gordon, who, at 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, didn't run as fast as expected at the combine (4.52) but whose film shows his undeniable agility and athleticism. Jimmy Lake has produced plenty of terrific NFL DBs and said Gordon, who has a background in dance, kung fu and ballet, is the most athletic of them all.

The Coaching Intel

"His quickness and flexibility are as good as I've seen. He's really fluid. (He) can do things effortlessly in terms of body control and change of direction most corners just can't or really struggle with. We thought he might get a little sloppy in his technique at times. McDuffie seemed to have a little better feel for things than he did. But those guys are close, because Gordon's probably an even better athlete."

"I was really impressed with both (Washington) corners. They were competitive and really athletic and tough. I think Gordon is a little better, but they're both first-round talents."

No. 25 – CB Tariq Woolen, UTSA

Perhaps your eyebrows raised at this selection, but if you have paid attention to the types of players the Bills like to invest in, Tariq Woolen is a match. He's new to playing corner, just like Gregory Rousseau was to playing defensive end, Spencer Brown was to playing offensive tackle, and Dawson Knox was to playing tight end when the Bills drafted them. The Bills love toolsy athletes with room to develop that aren't finished products, just like Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, and Ed Oliver. The Bills have a massive need at corner and Woolen fits their archetype in numerous ways. Woolen is a high-character prospect with elite traits that has earned his way onto the NFL's radar.

No. 25 – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

The Bills need a replacement for the departed Levi Wallace, and Booth, despite reportedly undergoing sports hernia surgery, will compete to be the answer once he's fully healthy, which should be for the start of training camp. He still has a lot of room to grow, but working with Tre'Davious White and Taron Johnson should expedite his development into a solid No. 2 corner.

No. 25 – G Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

Despite making some free agency additions to the offensive line, bolstering the interior with a player of Kenyon Green's caliber would have multiple benefits for the Buffalo Bills. Green's insane anchor in pass protection would give Josh Allen more time to throw. The Bills' largely poor running game would benefit from his athletic ability as a puller and mauling nature that he brings to the offensive interior.

Some teams have reportedly been working the Texas A&M guard at center, adding an additional layer of versatility to his profile. He's already got experience at both left and right guard. Once considered a top-10 pick, Green's stock has been impacted by him being rotated across the offensive line by the Aggies this season. He's still a starting talent if developed correctly.

No. 25 – WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State

The Buffalo Bills have no problem whatsoever fielding smaller targets at wide receiver.

"I would say with all of our wide receivers, they're kind of like Smurfs," head coach Sean McDermott joked three years ago. "If you've ever watched the Smurfs, they live in like a small village. So they can separate in small spaces."

Three of the team's top four wide receivers—Stefon Diggs, Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder—are 6'0" or shorter. An electric playmaker like Penn State's Jahan Dotson, who stands 5'11" and weighs 178 pounds, fits right into the team's current mold.

"With Cole Beasley no longer in Buffalo, the Bills add another receiver on the smaller side to their corps," Tice noted. "Dotson is a good route-runner who plays bigger than his size because of his toughness and catching range. He is a dynamic player who can step in right away and contribute. He has enough speed to take the top off of defenses and would give the Bills a terrifying receiver room for defenses to try to offset."

The Bills passing game will ravage the land as never before with total destruction from mountain to shore.

No. 25 – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

Some smart, well-connected people we trust in media have floated Breece Hall's name here, and it's not the silliest proposition we've heard. But with a moldable No. 2 corner on the board — especially with Tyreek Hill entering the division — it would be hard to pass up Booth. He's still developing, but his upside is very good for this range.

No. 25 – CB Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson

If the Bills want to keep new division rival Tyreek Hill from flashing the peace sign as he races past their secondary, they'll have to count on someone other than the officials to stop the Dolphins' speedy receiver. Booth, who just underwent core muscle surgery but still has a strong case for the first round, could step in to address one of the unit's few remaining shortcomings as Tre'Davious White returns from a torn ACL. His long speed isn't his calling card, but his strength, nimble footwork and ball skills will help Buffalo's top-ranked defense keep pace with high-powered passing attacks.

No. 25 – IOL Zion Johnson, Boston College

I know the Bills are matching OG Ryan Bates' offer sheet from the Bears, but the value of adding Johnson in the first -- and then reinforcing other positions (like RB) later -- creates the most wins. However, if any of the corners who are already gone in this exercise remain available on draft night, a switch makes sense.

No. 25 – CB Kyler Gordon, Washington

No. 25 – IOL Kenyon Green, Texas A&M

Between Kenyon Green and cornerback Andrew Booth, the Bills could do no wrong here. I went with Green as his addition positively affects their quarterback Josh Allen more so than Booth and helping Allen should always be at the core of every decision this franchise makes. Green is a rock-solid interior lineman who offers excellent size, length, and movement skills coupled with knockback type of power.

No. 25 – CB Kyler Gordon, Washington

Tre'Davious White is coming off an ACL tear, and Levi Wallace signed in Pittsburgh. The cornerbacks are coming off the board quickly, and while Gordon didn't run anywhere near expectations at the combine (4.52 in the 40), he has good 6-foot size and can play strong man-to-man coverage on the outside. He limited opposing receivers to just 15 catches and zero touchdowns in 2021 while picking off a pair of passes.

No. 25 – IOL Zion Johnson, Boston College

Beefing up the offensive line is a top priority for a Bills team that is close to securing a crown. Johnson is a polished blocker at the point of attack, with the athleticism and movement skills to shine in a zone-based scheme.

No. 25 – IOL Zion Johnson, Boston College

Johnson is a plug-and-play rookie at guard in the NFL. He is easily the top guard prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft and showed that and then some at the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl. He earned a career-high 84.4 PFF grade in 2021 and played more than 1,400 snaps at left guard and more than 700 snaps at left tackle in his Boston College career.

No. 25 – DL Boye Mafe, Minnesota

Boye Mafe is an athletic freak who is still tapping into his potential as a pass-rusher. There's still some ironing out of his game that needs to happen, but he offers tremendous upside as a prospect if the Bills want to swing for the fences. They may go for a "safer" choice like George Karlaftis here too.

No. 25 – CB Trent McDuffie, Washington

Corner is a position of need for the Bills, who would be smart to overlook McDuffie's lack of length (29 3/4-inch arm measurement at the combine),and appreciate his coverage skills and willingness to take on ball-carriers in the open field.

No. 25 – RB Breece Hall, Iowa State

Buffalo hasn't featured a 1,000-yard rusher since Shady McCoy in 2017. Hall is a chain-mover who gives the Bills the hard-nosed, downhill run game they've lacked since Josh Allen's arrival.

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