The 2nd player to the player preview is 2nd year cornerback Kaiir Elam. The former 1st round draft pick had an up and down rookie season, only starting 6 games and came away with 2 interceptions and a Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade of 64.6 which ranks slightly above league average. Elam shown signs up peaking at the right times having his best games of the season against the leagues best teams and having his best 2 game stretch during the Bill’s last postseason run. All eyes will be on the cornerback 2 spot during camp and if he’ll have the ability to eliminate all doubt to who will be paired up with Tre White on the football field. It will be no means be easy with Christian Benford and Dane Jackson, who have played CB2 before and have performed well.
If Elam continues to progress and work on his weakness from last year, particularly his ball skills, the Bills can potentially have a historical defense on there hands. A defensive line loaded with all stars by the names of Ed Oliver, Von Miller, and Leonard Floyd, and a secondary that features a bunch of All pros in Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and Tre’Davious White, the only weakness comes in the middle at the middle linebacker position. A significant weakness granted the importance of the middle of the field but if they can get whoever that may be to play just average the Bills can be fielding the best defense yet in the McDermott era.