Monday, May 16, 2022

Buffalo Bills Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Buffalo Bills rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 1.6 (1st)
  • Best ranking: 1 (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 3 (USA Today)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Bills in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 3

Player who benefited most from draft: G Cody Ford

After not addressing the interior offensive line in the draft, the area remains a need for the Bills, and it would not be a surprise to see them add a veteran or two before training camp. For now, however, the returning interior players benefit, including likely starting right guard Ryan Bates, who was brought back after the team matched an offer sheet he signed with the Chicago Bears. Without any new additions, Ford is the top reserve. The 2019 second-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie deal with plenty to prove and an opportunity to do it. -- Alaina Getzenberg -- Rank: 1

The Bills used the draft to put the finishing touches on a loaded roster that has balance on both sides of the ball. First-round pick Kaiir Elam fills the void across from standout cornerback Tre'Davious White, while second-round pick James Cook -- brother of Vikings stud Dalvin -- adds some needed juice to the running back room. Josh Allen wasn't exactly hurting for weapons to begin with, but Cook's versatility, along with the quiet signing of underrated slot man Jamison Crowder, will make Buffalo's attack even more difficult to contend with. Good luck, AFC.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 1

Landing Von Miller changes this team in a big way and I liked the addition of first-round corner Kaiir Elam. Josh Allen is a star, and this roster is loaded.

USA Today -- Rank: 1

Miller might be the guy who puts them over the top. So might be first-round CB Kaiir Elam or second-round RB James Cook. It won't be rookie Matt "Punt God" Araiza, because he won't play much.

The Athletic -- Rank: 2

We're still playing the "what if" game with the Bills and wondering what could have been in last year's postseason. But in 2022, there's no reason to believe Buffalo won't be a top contender in the AFC -- if not the Super Bowl favorite. Quarterback Josh Allen lost play-caller Brian Daboll to the Giants, but the Buffalo offense got better with the addition of pass-catching running back James Cook in the draft and tight end O.J. Howard in free agency.

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