pictured above: KEY CONTRIBUTORS: Malik Boyd (left) , Senior Director of Pro Scouting, along with Terrance Gray (center), Assistant Director of Player personnel, and Lake Dawson, (right) Assistant Director of College Scouting. These African American men are key contributors to the Buffalo Bills success.
The main goal of the Buffalo Bills front office in the 2022 NFL Draft was to add a decent Cornerback and linebacker to the team.
Bills General Manager Brandon Beane and Head Coach Sean McDermott were on point due to an outstanding Scouting Department headed by Malik Boyd Senior Director of Pro Scouting. The Bills selected in the first Round Kaiir Elam, cornerback out of University of Florida. He’s 5’11 199 pounds and play physical. The Leslie Frazier defensive scheme of zone will allow Elam to settle in at the Defensive Back position. Keep in mind the Bills have Dane Jackson starting opposite Tre Davisous White. Currently and hopefully White can bounce back from ACL knee surgery. If White is delayed from returning at the start of season than we might get to see more of Elam, who has played against the top receivers in the country during his college years in the South Eastern Conference.
The Bills drafted Georgia running back James Cook in the second round. He’s a very explosive back that can give the Bills plenty of yards after the catch. Said cook: ” I’m versatile, you know. I can separate myself in the backfield and line up out wide and make the deep threats. And take the deep shots and go deep and score touchdowns. That’s what they’re getting in me – a touchdown maker.”
WOW! This rookie is calling himself the touchdown maker already! Let’s hope his premonition comes true as a Buffalo Bill. His older brother running back Dalvin Cook has done very well for the Minnesota Vikings, so the DNA is certainly in place.
The Bills took a much-needed linebacker in Baylor University Terrell Bernard. , “I feel like I can do multiple things in the run game and then in coverage wise as well,” said Bernard. “ I’m energetic and give 100% effort, I take pride in that.”
The Bills must make a decision on starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds at the end of the season. The Bills selected wide receiver Khalil Shakir out of Boise State, who can definitely stretch the field. I really like Bills next selection of Punter Matt Araiza from San Diego State . Araiza could put pressure on Bills current Punter Matt Haack, who was terrible in his first season with the Bills. Hopefully Araiza can hold the football correctly for field goal kicker Tyler Bass, and get some hang time under his punts in order to make the team.
The Bills took corner back Christian Benford out of University of Villanova at 6 feet tall . He could be an asset in Leslie Frazier defensive scheme. The Bills selected Virginia Tech 6’8 offensive lineman Luke Tenuta, who could end up on practice squad because Luke can play both guard and tackle positions. The Bills closed out the 2022 draft by selecting linebacker Baylon Spector from Clemson.
It’s going to be a very entertaining Training Camp to see where these rookies fall into place. The Bills filled some needed positions and gave themselves more depth at other positions. The key man behind the scenes making the last five years of bring in quality football players has been Malik Boyd, Senior Director of Pro Scouting. Malik played college football at Southern University under legendary Head Coach Pete Richardson and was starting cornerback on the resurgence of Southern Jaguars football team. Mr. Boyd also comes from the Scouting Tree of legendary Scout and Civil Rights leader John Wooten. Malik Boyd is joined by Terrance Gray, Assistant Director of Player personnel, and Lake Dawson, Assistant Director of College Scouting in the Buffalo Bills front office. These African American men are key contributors to the Buffalo Bills success.
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