The Buffalo Bills are slowly getting closer to the NFL Draft. With the draft only 12 days away, the Bills are finishing visiting with prospects and completing their draft board for Thursday, April 28th, when the first round takes place in Las Vegas. The offseason is starting to wind down with free-agent signings coming farther, and few between as teams maneuver around the salary cap. Buffalo did create cap space with the contract extension of Stefon Diggs, most of which to sign their 2022 draft class.
The list of prospects that the Buffalo Bills have met with is growing. While none of these have been officially announced by the Buffalo Bills, they have been reported by agents, media, and players themselves on social media. So far, sixteen prospects have met with the Bills and are listed below.
- LB Brandon Smith, Penn State
- LB Chad Muma, Wyoming
- WR John Metchie, Alabama
- OG Dylan Parham, Memphis
- OL Sean Rhyan, UCLA
- OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State
- RB Breece Hall, Iowa State
- TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech
- CB Andrew Booth Jr, Clemson
- CB Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
- RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
- RB James Cook, Georgia
- TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
- TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
- S Lewis Cine, Georgia
- S Nick Cross, Maryland
The Buffalo Bills still have a solid amount of prospect visits left, and it is hard to really pick out many patterns in those who have visited so far. The Bills have brought in multiple players at positions that have been deemed weaknesses by many. The most intriguing of the visits may be the grouping of running backs, all of whom could be picked in the first round. The only new running back on the list from the last State of the Bills is Breece Hall, which many Bills fans and media have projected as a potential Bills first-round pick.
Although this technically happened last week, Bills safety Jordan Poyer has signed a new agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Poyer and his agent have approached the Buffalo Bills about a contract extension. His current contract ends after this season. Poyer is scheduled to make $9.75 million this season, which is the 13th highest among safeties in the NFL. Poyer will be looking for a substantial raise considering he now is a First-Team All-Pro.
This season Poyer will be 31 years old, so the Bills may be hesitant to give him either a long-term deal or a substantial amount of money. However, we know that Poyer and his agent approached the Bills looking for an extension. It has been otherwise quiet since. This is absolutely a situation to keep an eye on as the draft approaches, and Buffalo may be actively looking for Poyer’s replacement in the draft, potentially stalling a possibility of an extension.
This past week the Buffalo Bills had no official transactions.
As they prepare for the NFL draft, they are unlikely to make any free agent signings between now and the end of the draft.
Bills In Other News
Josh Allen was in attendance for the Buffalo Sabres home game this past Saturday when they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. As you would expect, Allen received quite a welcoming from the Buffalo fans. He also wore F1 Driver and noted Bills Fan Daniel Ricciardo’s new merchandise.
The Buffalo Bills will start voluntary offseason workouts on Tuesday, April 19th. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane will want all of their players to participate in these workouts. However, it is not very shocking to see players absent as voluntary workouts mainly consist of strength and conditioning and in-person football-related meetings.