Buffalo Bills 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition
Buffalo Bills Pick 229: Matt Araiza, P Arizona State
Measurables: 6-1, 200lbs
Buffalo needs to figure out its punting situation. When Brandon Beane has been general manager, the Buffalo Bills have fielded three punters since 2017, and not one has been very convincing in terms of holding the job long term.
Matt Araiza is a surprisingly good athlete for a punter, and his size leads you to believe that he is pretty powerful. Araiza confirms those beliefs when you see him punt the ball. He has a powerful right leg, and it shows with his hang time and distance. Araiza does not have the best numbers for pinning punts inside the 20. He proved that he can do it well in college, but he has to develop more consistency in taming his power for more precision.
He met with the Buffalo Bills at the combine according to Muki Hawkins and is clearly on their radar. While he is an excellent punter, he also does not shy away from contact and is not afraid to go make some tackles.
Buffalo Bills Pick 224: Logan Bruss, T Wisconsin
Measurables: 6-5, 309lbs
Logan Bruss is likely a tackle at the NFL level, but I could also see him moving inside to guard if need be. He was an excellent college player who was a jack-of-all-trades with no significant weaknesses or strengths.
He has an outstanding football IQ, and he played for a Wisconsin program that is known to build some exceptional lineman at the next level. He really doesn’t have the athleticism or strength to dominate in the NFL, but he could be an excellent piece to have on the end of your bench to fill a spot here and there.
Buffalo already has released Jon Feliciano and Ike Boettger, who is a free agent, would not even be back by the start of the season because of injury if he re-signs. If they keep that many, Bruss could be a cheap and effective option as the Bills’ 9th lineman.
He could develop into more than a backup, but for now, I really see him being a journeyman backup, which in 2022 could be what Buffalo needs to sure up their offensive line depth.