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What Bills fans need to watch for on day two of the 2022 NFL Draft 


Day one of the NFL Draft has concluded and now all the attention shifts to rounds two and three. The Bills currently have the 57th selection (round two) and the 89th selection (round three).

Day two mock draft watch

Buffalo started the draft weekend by trading up two spots to select Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam. Round two starts Friday at 7:00 pm ET and the Bills have many options when it comes to their day two picks. This is what some draft analysts think the Bills will do with those picks.

57. Buffalo Bills: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

The Bills would like to take some pressure off of Josh Allen, and Walker is a powerful runner with excellent contact balance. He's a tackle-breaking machine who racks up yards after contact in bunches.

89. Bills: Nick Cross, S, Maryland

57. Buffalo Bills - Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Finally, a running back gets taken, and it couldn't have happened to a more intriguing landing spot. With Buffalo involved in an arms race for skill position talent with the rest of the AFC, the Bills enhance their running back room by bringing in the top running back in the class, Hall. The Big 12 Player of the Year rushed for over 4,000 career yards and ran a 4.39 40-yard dash. He will supplant the Singletary/Moss combo in short order.

89. Buffalo Bills - Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor

57. Buffalo Bills: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

The Bills passed on the temptation to draft a running back in the first round and still land one of the best this draft has to offer.

89. Buffalo Bills: Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis

57) Buffalo Bills: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

A contender for the first RB off the board, the Buffalo Bills strike for Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III. His ability to be physical while also having excellent burst, long speed, and the ability to cut without a discernible drop-off in top speed make Walker a dangerous weapon for a Bills team that is shaping up to be unstoppable.

89) Buffalo Bills: Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati

Scroll to see photos from inside the Buffalo Bills Draft Room during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

NFL Films producer Greg Cosell will join Bills Draft Special presented by Caesars Sportsbook

Be sure to tune into the Buffalo Bills Draft Special presented by Caesars Sportsbook which will be live after each of the Bills' selections. NFL Films producer and analyst Greg Cosell will join Maddy Glab and Chris Brown to break down the Bills' day two selections and give his thoughts on Buffalo's newest addition - Kaiir Elam. The special will also carry GM Brandon Beane live after he has made all his day two picks. The Bills Draft Special presented by Caesars Sportsbook will be streamed live through the team's Twitter and Facebook pages and the Bills website and Bills App.

Two big names will announce the Bills' Day Two picks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did a fine job announcing the Bills' first-round pick but there should be a lot more energy on day two. Bills Legend Stevie Johnson will reveal Buffalo's second-round pick (No. 57) and Good Morning Football host Kyle Brandt will announce the team's third-round pick (No. 89).

Brandt will be leaving NYC right after GMFB Friday morning. He will then get on a five-and-a-half-hour flight to Vegas and hopes to time it all out just right to be on the draft stage to announce the Bills' third-round pick.

"I know what I'm here to do," Brandt said on One Bills Live. "It's Vegas, it's a show. I'm there to inject a little juice into this thing. There are incredible amounts of ex-Bills they could have asked. I received a text from Jim Kelly in support of this which meant the world. … So, I'm excited and a little bit nervous."

Buffalo receives high grades for first-round selection

Grade: A

Buffalo Bills - Florida CB Kaiir Elam (No. 23 overall)

Analysis: Cornerback was the team's biggest need after Buffalo lost Levi Wallace in free agency. General manager Brandon Beane saw the first-round CB market drying up, so he moved up two spots (giving up a fourth-round pick in the trade with Baltimore) to select Elam. The former Gator does not back down from any receiver on the outside. He proved his speed with a sub-4.4 40-yard dash at the combine, and his intensity and short memory on the outside will be welcomed by the Bills.

Grade: B+

23. Bills (from Ravens via Cardinals): Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

He is a good cover player who fills a major need. The Bills had one hole on their team and that was corner. Now they add a long cover player who can give them a nice corner to go with Tre'Davious White. He does need to tackle better. Love the aggression to go get him.

Grade: B+

23. Buffalo Bills: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

The Bills need an upgrade opposite Tre'Davious White, and White himself is rehabbing from a torn ACL. Elam has an NFL pedigree, as both his father (Abe) and uncle (Matt) played safety in the league. Kaiir has outstanding straight-line speed (4.39 40-yard dash), and he's at his best in press where he can use his size and physicality at the line of scrimmage.

Grade: B

23. Buffalo Bills: (via Baltimore) Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Strengths: Physical press corner, plays with balance thanks to quick feet, smooth transition through backpedal, high-points the ball

Weaknesses: Can be overaggressive and grabby, poor angles, hit-or-miss tackler

Certain draft prospects fall off the radar at times because of the situation in which they find themselves.

Florida's Kaiir Elam looked like a potential first-round cornerback entering the 2021 campaign. He did nothing to significantly hurt his status last season, but the Gators floundered, finishing with an underwhelming 6-7 record. For that reason, Elam didn't receive the same type of attention as other prospects in the class. However, his predraft performance put him right back into the mix with the other top cornerbacks.

No Power Five cornerback performed better than Elam over the last three seasons. According to Pro Football Focus, he led all Power Five corners by allowing a scant 55.6 passer rating into his coverage.

The 6'1½", 191-pound corner ripped a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine. At Florida's pro day, Elam posted an unofficial 37.5-inch vertical and 4.21-second short shuttle. The 20-year-old is a smooth, fluid mover in his backpedal through his turn, which only adds to his effectiveness in press coverage. Elam didn't play quite as well in 2021 as he did during previous seasons. Still, scouts had 30 career games to evaluate. His success at an early age coupled with his athletic profile and skill set makes the former Gator one of the class' best corners.

Over the last three-and-a-half years, the Buffalo Bills relied on Levi Wallace to start opposite Tre'Davious White. Wallace originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent and earned the spot, although the Bills never really brought in anyone to challenge him. Wallace is now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Buffalo responds by finally using another first-round pick on a corner in Elam. The size and length Elam brings to the lineup is a complete change of pace after what the Bills previously had at the position.

From a macro point of view, the franchise didn't have any significant holes. Cornerback was the one area where an upgrade looked to be necessary. The Bills leaped ahead of the Dallas Cowboys to make sure the position was properly addressed.

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