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2023 Mock Draft Watch 4.0

Buffalo Bills
19 Mar 2023, 22:15 GMT+10

Maddy Glab

March 17: CBS Sports, Kyle Stackpole

No. 27 - IOL O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

The Bills fortify their protection around Josh Allen by selecting the top guard prospect in this class. O'Cyrus Torrence is a plug-and-play talent.

March 16: PFF, Trevor Sikkema

No. 27 - OG O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

Buffalo needs to upgrade the beef up front. They were not as good as they needed to be, especially on the interior. Torrence, as one of the best offensive linemen in the country last year, could be an instant upgrade and will hopefully be a Week 1 starter.

March 16: CBS Sports, Josh Edwards

No. 27 - IOL O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

Buffalo's offensive line has been a disappointment. It signed Connor McGovern in free agency, but needs viable long-term options along the interior. O'Cyrus Torrence is a powerful player who upgrades the floor of that unit.

March 15: USA Today Sports, Doug Farrar

No. 27 - DB Brian Branch, Alabama

March 15: The Draft Network, Ryan Fowler

No. 27 - RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

I don't want to hear anything along the lines of 'but we have James Cook.' The Bills have the ability to take players at a luxury position in an attempt to reach the Super Bowl, and Robinson is the most talented running back to enter the draft in years. You don't pass on Robinson because you are hellbent on Cooks' potential. Take Robinson and move on, just like I did in this NFL mock draft.

March 15: CBS Sports, Chris Trapasso

No. 27 - LB Jack Campbell, Iowa

Campbell has Tremaine Edmunds size and awesome coverage chops. Immediate Edmunds replacement for Buffalo.

March 14: CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

No. 27 - TE Darnell Washington, Georgia

At the combine, Darnell Washington came in at 6-foot-6 1/2, 264 pounds with 11-inch hands and nearly an 84-inch wingspan. And while he's growing into his role as a receiver, he's essentially another offensive tackle when he's inline. Basically, he'd serve two roles in Buffalo: receiver in a high-powered offense that has needs at tight end and as an extra inline blocker.

March 14: Fox Sports, Carmen Vitali and David Helman

No. 27 - LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

This one is easy. The Bills just lost Tremaine Edmunds to free agency when the Chicago Bears gave him a four-year, $72 million deal. You can draft his replacement immediately in the rangy Simpson, whose 6-foot-2, 235-pound frame can help him make up for Edmunds' absence. His 4.43-second 40-yard dash doesn't hurt, either.

March 13: PFF, Gordon McGuinness

No. 27 - T Dawand Jones, Ohio State

Bottom line in PFF's 2023 NFL Draft Guide: He has to be put in a certain role, but in that, he could dominate. If you have a mobile quarterback, this is the guy you want at right tackle.

Jones measured in at 6'8 and 374 pounds in Indianapolis. That's rare size even for an offensive lineman. In his final season at Ohio State he allowed just five hurries, with no sacks or hits, from 419 pass-blocking snaps.

March 13: The Athletic, Ben Standig

No. 27 - DT Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh

The Bills have more immediate concerns at wide receiver, and Florida guard O'Cyrus Torrence is enticing. But Buffalo's four leading defensive tackles will be free agents by 2024, including Jordan Phillips this year. Though undersized for the position, Kancey drew attention with Pitt (14.5 sacks over the past two seasons) and at the combine after running a 4.67 40-yard dash, the fastest time for a DT since 2006.

March 13: CBS Sports, Kyle Stackpole

No. 27 - S Brian Branch, Alabama

Brian Branch opted to work out with the cornerbacks at the combine, which didn't bode well for the Alabama standout, who did not test as well as some of the other top prospects. Where Branch separates himself, however, is in his versatility. He can play anywhere, come up and stuff the run, and make sure Buffalo's defense continues to play at a high level, even with Pro Bowler Jordan Poyer set to hit free agency.

March 10: The 33rd Team, The 33rd Team Scouting Dept

No. 27 - WR Josh Downs, North Carolina

The Buffalo Bills give Josh Allen another weapon at wide receiver. Josh Downs plays bigger than his 5-foot-9 size, and he has a very good burst to separate. He will be a nice fit for the Bills' offense.

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