Bills trade up to pick No. 23 in first round with Ravens, select CB Kaiir Elam

The Buffalo Bills have traded up in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft in a deal with the Baltimore Ravens to select cornerback Kaiir Elam from Florida.

The Bills sent the their original first-round pick at No. 25 overall to the Ravens along with their selection at No. 130 in the deal, a fourth rounder. Buffalo moved up two spots to No. 23 for Elam.

Elam, a junior, started in 22 games for the Gators. He totaled 78 tackles, 20 pass breakups, and five interceptions in his college career.

One problem potentially in Elam’s game is taking penalties, however, Buffalo probably already discussed that with him. Per reports, the Bills spoke to Elam as early as the combine so he was on their offseason radar for awhile.

While Elam might have some troubles like most rookies early, he has some things that can’t be taught.

Elam not only ran a 4.39 second 40-yard dash time, he’s also nearly 6-foot-2. That frame comes with 30 7/8 inch arms.

Finally, Elam is praised for his work playing in zone defenses, just like the one the Bills run.


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