Grades for all eight draft picks made by Buffalo Bills in 2022 NFL Draft

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Buffalo Bills Draft Pick: Matt Araiza (6th Round, 180th overall)

The idea of drafting a punter or kicker isn’t usually accompanied by high grades. However, when considering the Buffalo Bills roster, the selection of Matt Araiza out of San Diego State University was a great pick.

He had one of the strongest legs last year in college with an average of over 50 yards per punt on 79 punts. Araiza now is expected to come in and compete with Matt Haack, who struggled last year in his first season with the Buffalo Bills.

At this point of the draft, any player the Buffalo Bills draft likely will have trouble making the 53-man roster considering how talented this team is and the limited spots likely available. Last year, the Bills saw two of their draft picks (Rachad Wildgoose and Jack Anderson) end up with other teams after being picked off their practice squad.

However, Matt Araiza not only has a good chance at making the roster but being the starter as a rookie. This was a great pick that addressed a need and now gives Buffalo potentially two very good kicking specialists in Araiza and Tyler Bass for the foreseeable future.

Grade: A+