5 safeties the Buffalo Bills should monitor at the 2023 NFL Combine

Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
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We don’t know if Jordan Poyer will return to the Buffalo Bills, and no one knows if Damar Hamlin will return to the field either.  It’s unlikely Poyer returns, as it feels like he’s got one foot out the door.  In addition, both Jaquan Johnson and Dean Marlowe are free agents.  As of this moment, only Micah Hyde, Jared Mayden, and recently signed Zayne Anderson are under contract with the Bills.

Johnson may get re-signed simply for a backup role, given he knows the defense and could provide depth; however, not much more than that.  He had an opportunity to prove he could be elevated to the starting role but eventually lost that to Hamlin.

There is talk of Christian Benford moving to safety, which could be very interesting.  During the pre-draft talk of 2022, many analysts believed Benford was a better fit for safety than corner.  Even still, he’s a question mark as we head into the 2023 season.

The NFL Combine starts Tuesday, February 28th and the Buffalo Bills might very well be in the market for a safety.  There is of course free agency, which they could use to address the position as well but would be a great idea to address the position through the draft as well.

Let’s take a look at five safeties the Bills might be watching at the combine and could be on their draft board come the 2023 NFL Draft.  On this list, you won’t find Brian Branch from Alabama.  It’s safe to say he won’t be around any longer when the Bills make their first pick at 27.