As the 2023 NFL Draft rolls on, the Buffalo Bills still have holes on the roster to fill. Josh Allen took a bit of a step back last season in the passing game, and the Bills need to take pressure off of him by improving their rushing attack and not having that go through him as well. Buffalo’s draft plan should be focused on plugging holes to keep their Super Bowl window open as long as possible.
Buffalo Bills Team Needs Following Round 1
The Bills have big needs along their offensive line and in their backfield. The running game too often relied on Allen to create the big plays himself. One element that would help the rushing game is by upgrading the interior of the offensive line. Too often, plays were stopped before they even got started because of instant disruption in the backfield.
Buffalo could also look to upgrade at RB in the 2023 NFL Draft. They lack a true playmaker, one who can make things happen when nothing else is working. Yet, lack of playmakers is a common theme.
Aside from Stefon Diggs, the receiving game has no pressure valve. It’s Diggs or bust. Gabe Davis is too streaky to be fully counted on. Buffalo answered some of this with their Round 1 selection, but they could still use perimeter help.
On the other side of the ball, Buffalo needs help at every level of the defense. They lack a star edge player, need to upgrade at corner, and must replace the loss of Tremaine Edmunds in free agency.
Results for Bills 2023 Draft Pick
Round 1, Pick 25 | Dalton Kincaid
Following a trade-up with the Jaguars, the Bills went with what was assuredly the top player on their board at this point in the draft. They had missed out on the run of receivers just before this pick, but Dalton Kincaid presented the next best option to add weapons to the passing game. Kincaid could either replace Dawson Knox or be serviceable right alongside him.
Predictions for Remaining Bills 2023 Draft Picks
Round 2, Pick 28 | Steve Avila, G
Steve Avila is the exact kind of nasty the Bills need on the interior of the offensive line. He would provide size and prowess to help spark the running game, while also aiding in Allen’s protection.
Round 3, Pick 28 | Noah Sewell, LB
Noah Sewell is the playmaking linebacker needed for Buffalo to replace Edmunds. Sewell is a force to reckon with in the run game. His power is devastating.
Round 5, Pick 2 | Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR
It’s very possible that with how the board falls, the Bills won’t get their wide receiver until the fifth round. If that’s the case, Bryce Ford-Wheaton gives Buffalo size and athleticism in this range.
Ford-Wheaton is elite in both. He has tremendous upside with the ability to develop into the big-play receiver missing opposite Diggs.
Round 6, Pick 28 | Jadon Haselwood, WR
Another big-bodied receiver who brings physicality to the position. This late in the draft, you hope Jadon Haselwood can develop into a reliable depth option. He’s willing to block in the run game, and that’s a sure way to help yourself make a roster as a late-round draft pick.
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