Bills 2023 Draft Grades
While 2022 was another successful season for the Bills, it once again ended without a trip to the Super Bowl. They entered the 2023 NFL Draft with needs at every level of their defense and some questions about depth at skill positions on the offensive side of the ball. The Bills would finish the draft making six total selections. So, let’s break down how well they did.
25th Overall Selection (Rd 1) – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
I for sure thought that the Bills were going to be in on a running back late in the first round. However, both backs worthy of being taken were snatched up in the top 15 picks. While Dawson Knox is the clear TE1, I do think that Kincaid was the best weapon available at the time and give Josh Allen another red zone target.
59th Overall Selection (Rd 2) – O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
I thought that O’Cyrus was going to go in the first round, I thought that highly of him. So to get him at the 59th pick is a big-time steal in my opinion. A huge body that was dominant in the SEC after transferring from Louisiana. I think there’s a good chance that he ends up winning a starting job prior to the season starting.
91st Overall Selection (Rd 3) – Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
Undersized, but does a great job of reading the quarterback and jumping underneath routes. Is a sideline-to-sideline defender with excellent closing speed. I do think you could call it a stretch to pick him when they did, but considering they didn’t have another pick until the fifth round I don’t blame them.
150th Overall Selection (Rd 5) – Justin Shorter, WR, Florida
Mentioned Kincaid being another red zone weapon for Allen, Shorter fits that bill as well. Though his name is Shorter, there’s nothing small about the 6’4″ wide receiver. He will need to improve his catching to be a consistent threat, but he provides a nice developmental option for the Bills.
230th Overall Selection (Rd 7) – Nick Broeker, OG, Ole Miss
A solid blocker, that I could have seen going earlier than this. Solid in both run blocking and pass blocking, although he can struggle to hold his blocks.
252nd Overall Selection (Rd 7) – Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State
A tall defensive back, that’s also has the ability to be solid in run support.
Bills 2023 Draft Grades Final Thoughts
Overall I think the Bills had a solid draft. I do wish they could have gotten a nice defensive tackle (something they probably could have done if they stayed in their original spot in the first round). Still, I can’t fault them for trading up and making their offense a little more dangerous. The top three picks should all be consistent contributors as rookies, with some solid developmental prospects afterward.
Bills 2023 Draft Grade Analyst – Brandon Claburn