The Bills re-signed Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde should be fully healthy and ready to go for OTA and other off-season programs. Additionally, all signs are pointing to Damar Hamlin making a return to the field in 2023. However, Hyde is signed through next season and Poyer for the next two years and Hamlin is far from a certainty.
Enter Ronnie Hickman as the Bills’ fourth-round pick. Hickman has good size to play the safety position at the NFL level, at six foot and 203 pounds. Some scouting reports indicate some concerns with his ability to recognize plays as they develop and his physical skills seem somewhat average at best, such as his ability to change direction and body control; however, some scouts don’t seem to be worried about his physical skills. He does have excellent speed though, posting a 40-time of 4.45.
On the plus side, with the Bills starting safeties returning, this could be a great opportunity for Hickman to sit back, contribute in some fashion on special teams and learn from the best safety tandem in the NFL, as he prepares to potentially take over the starting role in a year or two.