Making the case for the Buffalo Bills to draft Breece Hall in the first round

Breece Hall, Iowa State (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
Breece Hall, Iowa State (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) /

The 2022 NFL Draft is set to kick off later today from Las Vegas, NV and the Buffalo Bills are currently scheduled to pick 25th. The Bills have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL which creates plenty of suspense as general manager Brandon Beane could go in a number of different directions with this first pick.

Buffalo Bills should select running back Breece Hall with their first pick

When considering where the Buffalo Bills are selecting, their roster as it currently stands, and what players might be available running back Breece Hall makes the most sense for their first pick.

Over the past few years, teams have typically not taken a running back early and it is generally considered bad practice. However, Breece Hall is the best running back in this year’s class and is probably the only player at the position that would be a clear upgrade over Devin Singletary.

Hall is a three down running back that can do it all both on the ground as well as through the air. He would give Buffalo their most complete running back since LeSean McCoy.

The reason I believe Breece Hall needs to be the selection over some other positions is that there isn’t as much depth at the position after Hall. There isn’t another running back that is a clear upgrade over Singletary and it doesn’t make sense to draft another running back with the players they already have.

The selection of Breece Hall would be surprising as the cornerback position is probably the weakest position on the roster. The team lost Levi Wallace and there are questions about when Tre’Davious White might be able to return.

However, the cornerback position is deeper than the running back position and they could find players in the second round like Roger McCreary, Kyler Gordon, or Tariq Woolen that could compete with Dane Jackson for a starting job as a rookie.

Another position that has been discussed is wide receiver but the Buffalo Bills don’t necessarily need a starter with Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis. The focus would be to find a player who can stretch the field and generate yards after the catch, which could be found in later rounds like Calvin Austin III out of Memphis.

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The running back position has not been a priority for teams early in the NFL Draft but for what the Buffalo Bills need, and considering the depth at other positions, Breece Hall would make the most sense in the first round.