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3 Players the Bills Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Draft Pick

Devon Platana
Three players that the Buffalo Bills need to avoid with their first-round draft pick.
Three players that the Buffalo Bills need to avoid with their first-round draft pick. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 NFL Draft is two weeks away and the Buffalo Bills will be one team to watch on Day 1 as they currently hold the first round's No. 25 selection. Although the Bills have already spent the offseason fleshing out their roster, some extra help never hurts.

Like all teams, the Bills will enter this month's draft with their own needs that must be addressed. Having said that, some needs are more important than others and Buffalo can't afford to make a mistake with its first-round pick if management hopes for a Super Bowl as soon as next year.

Here's a look at three players that the Bills need to avoid with their first-round pick.

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1. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

This year's wide receiver group is fairly promising, with some mock drafts having the Bills taking a wideout like Penn State's Jahan Dotson at No. 25. Dotson is a solid prospect who's one of the fastest wideouts in the draft. With that being said, the Bills shouldn't blow their first-round pick on him. For starters, some scouts say that Dotson relies on his speed too much and often doesn't get physical with his defenders. There's also the fact that Buffalo's WR room doesn't need major improvements following the addition of Jamison Crowder and depending on if Gabriel Davis can build off his impressive postseason. While Dotson could be special one day, he just doesn't help the Bills immediately.

2. David Ojabo, LB, Michigan

The Bills released linebacker A.J. Klein this offseason and with Tremaine Edmunds set to hit free agency next year, it wouldn't be a shock to see them add some LB depth at No. 25. If that's the plan, Buffalo should avoid drafting Michigan's David Ojabo. On one hand, the 21-year-old recently tore his Achilles at Michigan's Pro Day. Yes, modern medicine has come a long way, but such a major injury is still extremely concerning. Ojabo could potentially recover down the line, it remains to be seen if he can adjust to the NFL while also underdoing a lengthy recovery process. At the end of the day, the potential headache of this situation isn't worth the Bills' time.

3. Tyler Linderbaum, OL, Iowa

The Bills could also use some interior offensive depth, which is why Iowa's Tyler Linderbaum is one name that's come up a few times. While he could go on to have a great NFL career, Linderbaum is not the player Buffalo needs. One big reason is the fact that he exclusively played center during his time at Iowa, so it remains to be seen if he can play guard at the NFL level. He also isn't the biggest o-lineman at 6-foot-2 and 296 pounds. Linderbaum seems to be a project for any team that wants to use him anywhere other than center, which is why the Bills must avoid him.

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