Is Kaiir Elam the last piece for a Super Bowl push?
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Can Florida cornerback and first-round pick Kaiir Elam be the last piece for the Buffalo Bills to push them to the top?
The Buffalo Bills have needed CB2 for some time. It seems since they drafted Tre’Davious White in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the need was dire. They tried veteran options like Josh Norman, but nobody ever really stuck. In an AFC that has an ever-increasing amount of receiver weapons, they couldn’t wait any longer.
The Bills moved up a few spots in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft to select Florida corner Kaiir Elam. Elam has the prototypical size to play corner and would have been one of the most studious players in the draft. When the video came out of his meeting with the Bills at the combine, he had his big notebook and talked about how much he studied himself and others to improve himself.
On top of that, Elam should have the versatility to play man or zone in Buffalo. His physical style of play in the press can help in a lot of cloud cover when the Bills stay cover-2 heavy. The Bills have jumped in snaps in men’s coverage (11th most in 2021), which will favor Elam. He can disrupt routes and erase corners on the outside, squeezing them on the touchline. Elam’s ball skills are also impressive and he can create turnovers when given the chance.
Will Kaiir Elam be the Buffalo Bills’ missing piece? We mentioned earlier that the AFC is growing in welcoming talent. Their own division is quite crowded (Miami with Tyreek Hill/Jaylen Waddle, the Jets with Corey Davis/Garrett Wilson/Elijah Moore), and the Chiefs, Chargers, Bengals, Broncos, Raiders and Ravens all have several players who are excellent options in their respective offences. Everything seems in place, and the Bills will have quite a duo for the stretch run in Elam and White.