3 Players the Bills Should Trade Up for and Steal in the Second Round of the 2022 NFL Draft
The Buffalo Bills have their sights set on a potential Super Bowl run during the 2022 NFL season. They've already made a handful of improvements this offseason and the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft gives them a chance to make more additions.
The Bills own the 25th overall pick in the first round, however, they won't be on the clock again until No.57 in Round 2. Fortunately, have six other draft picks — including No. 89 — to help them move up in the second round if a player they like has fallen.
Here are three players that the Bills should trade up for and steal in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Bills NFL Draft Targets
1. George Pickens, WR, Georgia
The Bills are set with Stefon Diggs as their No. 1 wide receiver, however, the depth chart beyond Diggs and Gabriel Davis is a question mark. Keeping that in mind, one late-first/early-second round talent that the Bills could have their eye on is Georgia WR George Pickens. Injuries held him to only four games played last season, causing his stock to take a hit. However, Pickens has the potential to be a key player in Buffalo one day. He showed flashes of brilliance in his freshman campaign in 2019, tallying 49 catches for 727 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games. Pickens showed promise whenever Georgia targeted him and the sky could be the limit with Allen throwing him the ball.
2. Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
Teams can never have too much offensive line depth and Tulsa's Tyler Smith is a player that the Bills could use. The 6-foot-5, 324-pounder led all FBS schools in big-time blocks last season, which is attractive to a Buffalo team whose running backs struggled to make big plays last season. Beyond that, Smith has surrendered only two sacks on 896 pass-block snaps throughout his collegiate career. Buffalo's top o-line need is on the interior and even though Smith didn't play guard at Tulsa, he did play it for three seasons in high school. Time will tell if he can make that transition at the NFL level but even if he can't, he's too promising of a player for the Bills to pass up.
3. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
The release of A.J. Klein this season has left the Bills' linebacker depth looking somewhat slim. If Georgia's Nakobe Dean manages to fall from the first to the second round, Buffalo must make a deal to steal him. Dean possesses a great mixture of speed and explosivity that'll keep the opposition guessing on every down. He's the definition of a defensive playmaker, having racked up career-highs in tackles for a loss (10.5), sacks (6.0) and interceptions last season en route to winning the Butkus Award as college football's top linebacker. The Dallas Cowboys' Micah Parsons won that award last year and everyone saw the rookie season he had in 2021. If Dean can even have a fraction of the year that Parsons had, it's a no-brainer for the Bills to move up and draft the former.
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