The Buffalo Bills had 8 different offensive linemen start at least two games during the 2021 season. It was not until the final couple weeks of the regular season that Buffalo found a combination of lineman that they seemed comfortable with.
The Bills are set on the edges, with Dion Dawkins and Spencer Brown staffing the tackle position for the foreseeable future. However, Buffalo struggled in the interior, often changing players there during the season. Mitch Morse has held down the center spot well for the past three years and is entering the final year of his contract. At guard, Buffalo played Daryl Williams, Ryan Bates, Cody Ford, Jon Felciano, and Ike Boettger at some point during the season. At the end of the season, it was clear that Williams and Bates were the best guard combination of those five.
This offseason, the only interior offensive linemen under contract are Feliciano, Ford, Morse, and Williams. Bates and Boettger are free agents, and Boettger will be coming off a torn Achilles suffered in Week 16, likely meaning he will miss the beginning of the 2022 season.
Daryl Williams also played right tackle in 2020, leading to a large contract extension he rightfully earned. However, he was pushed inside to guard this season to make way for Spencer Brown in Week 4 and is now earning tackle money while playing guard. While Buffalo will keep Williams for the 2022 season, his contract and value are worth watching in the future.
The Buffalo Bills should prioritize protecting Josh Allen going forward, which may mean upgrading the interior of the offensive line. With uncertainty on who the starters of the interior offensive line in 2022 and the years ahead will be, you should watch for some of these interior offensive line prospects in the 2022 NFL Combine.