The Buffalo Bills left the 2022 NFL Draft having selected eight college football standouts to bolster their roster and fill the holes on a team expected to contend for a Super Bowl during the 2022 season.
The Bills added Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam in the first round (No. 23 overall), Georgia running back James Cook (No. 63) in the second round, Baylor linebacker Terrel Bernard (No. 89) in the third round, Boise State wide receiver Khalil Shakir (No. 148) in the fifth round, San Diego State punter Matt Araiza (No. 180) in the sixth round, Villanova cornerback Christian Benford (No. 185) in the sixth round, Virginia Tech offensive lineman Luke Tenuta (No. 209) in the sixth round, and Clemson linebacker Baylon Spector (No. 231) in the seventh round.
Now that the draft has ended, it’s time to figure out what jersey numbers these newest members of the Bills will wear this fall. On Monday, the Bills announced the following new jerseys for the Bills rookie class:
- No. 24: CB Kaiir Elam
- No. 28: RB James Cook
- No. 43: LB Terrel Bernard
- No. 10: WR Khalil Shakir
- No. 19: Punter Matt Araiza
- No. 47: CB Christian Benford
- No. 67: OL Luke Tenuta
- No. 54: LB Baylon Spector
Previously, CB Taron Johnson wore No. 24, QB Mitchell Trubisky wore No. 10, WR/returner Isaiah McKenzie wore No. 19, CB Cam Lewis wore No. 47, and LB A.J. Klein wore No. 54. Trubisky and Klein are no longer with the team, while Johnson switched to No. 7, McKenzie will now wear No. 6, and Lewis will wear No. 39.