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Buffalo Bills Links, 5/19: Looking ahead to Buffalo’s 2022 draft needs

Plus, how far can the Bills go this year?

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Most Buffalo Bills fans are excited to see how far the team can go in 2021 as general manager Brandon Beane runs it back with mostly the same cast of characters that helped the Bills win the AFC East title and advance into the AFC Championship game.

But in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, if the team wants to sustain this recent run of success, we look beyond this year to examine what Buffalo’s draft needs will look like in 2022. Among the most pressing areas of need: interior offensive line, led by a looming decision over the future of starting center Mitch Morse, the wide receivers behind top options Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, a one-technique defensive tackle, and a nickel cornerback.

We also learn about the restructuring of Buffalo’s front office with the departure of director of player personnel Dan Morgan, hear how the national media has lofty expectations for the Bills this year, with at least one expert predicting the Bills will win their first Super Bowl, and dissect whether quarterback Josh Allen could be on the cusp of winning the league’s MVP.

We discover why rookie cornerback Rachad Wildgoose Jr. has high expectations for his time in Buffalo, examine the versatility of rookie offensive lineman Jack Anderson, learn about a potential signing to bolster the return game, and more!

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Additional Bills news from around the web

What will Buffalo’s 2022 NFL draft needs look like?

A way-too-early look at the Bills’ 2022 draft needs as they plan for long-term success – The Athletic
“However, once they complete 2021, the Bills will face a potentially transitional offseason that could shake up several positions,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Lofty expectations for Bills in 2021

ESPN NFL insider already picking Bills to win Super Bowl - WGR 550
ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano is already picking the Buffalo Bills to win the Super Bowl. In a recent roundtable discussion, he says the Bills are the team to beat in the NFL.

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CB Rachad Wildgoose Jr. holds high expectations for NFL career

Vic Carucci: Low-round draft status doesn’t temper Rachad Wildgoose’s high expectations with Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Yet, in his mind’s eye, Wildgoose was already focused on something far greater than merely dipping his toe in the massive pool that is the NFL,” writes Vic Carucci.

Exploring Buffalo’s recent front office moves

Bills promote nine within front office, won't immediately hire a replacement for Dan Morgan | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“In detailing several promotions to his staff, general manager Brandon Beane told The Buffalo News on Monday that Morgan’s duties as the director of player personnel will be split among several current staff members,” writes Jay Skurski.

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“The Buffalo Bills announced several promotions in their front office and scouting department on Tuesday morning,” writes Maddy Glab.

Rookie Jack Anderson showcases his versatility

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“Anderson started all 38 games of his four-year career at Texas Tech at right guard. Yet he viewed it as no sweat to line up at center during the Bills’ rookie minicamp last weekend,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Buffalo eying receiver/returner Jeff Badet

Report: Bills to take look at receiver/returner Jeff Badet | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Receiver and kickoff return man Jeff Badet will have a workout with the Bills, according to the NFL Network,” writes Mark Gaughan.

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NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports the Buffalo Bills are working out former Minnesota Vikings and Washington Football Team wide receiver Jeff Badet. Badet has experience as a returner from his college days.

Odds and ends

The Cowboys, Bills, Chiefs, Rams and Seahawks traded picks for stars: 5th-year options and re-thinking the NFL Draft – The Athletic
“The question becomes, are NFL teams better off trading later first-round choices to acquire established players?,” writes Mike Sando. (Subscription required).

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“Soon, when the temps stay above 55 degrees even at night, former Bills safety Jeff Nixon will move his spider plants outside again. They are a sight to see every summer,” writes Erik Brady.