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2023 Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Round 3

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Jammie Robinson, Safety, Buffalo Bills, Draft

We’re onto Round 3 of the BF Writers Mock Draft and there are plenty of players left on the board for the Buffalo Bills to consider. They could go in almost any direction (aside from QB, K, LS, and probably P).

“With the 91st pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select…”

Iestyn Harris

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)
2 (59)DT Siaki Ika (Baylor)

Round 3: Trade Down, Pick #100: OT Blake Freeland – BYU

TeamPicks Received (Round (#))
Buffalo3 (100), 5 (141)
Las Vegas3 (91)
Blake Freeland, BYU, OT, Buffalo Bills, Draft
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The Bills have only one glaring need, and one minor need, at this point in the draft. With neither a good fit at linebacker nor a top interior lineman available, they trade down and score an additional fourth-round pick. With the 100th selection, they choose Blake Freeland out of BYU.

Freeland is a quality pick at offensive tackle, and an athletic freak despite his massive frame. At 6’7” and 302 lbs, he’s positioned to dominate edge rushers and is a force to be reckoned with in the run game. Though he played his final two seasons at left tackle, Blake Freeland has had solid reps on the right and would be excellent competition for starting right tackle, Spencer Brown.

Freeland set a combine record for his position with a 37” vertical jump, and tied-first at his position this season with a 4.98 second 40-yard dash. At the very least, having a prominent prospect as a backup swing tackle to develop is a worthy investment.

Bryce Martino

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)LB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
2 (59)OT Darnell Wright (Tennessee)

Round 3: S Jammie Robinson – Florida State

Jammie Robinson, Safety, Florida State, Buffalo Bills
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The Bills are going to need to look to the future at safety with Jordan Poyer getting older and Micah Hyde’s injury history. With the signing of Taylor Rapp becoming official, adding Jammie Robinson to the DB room will set Buffalo up for added success at the position. In four years of college football, Robinson totaled seven INTs (four of which came in 2021), along with three forced fumbles, 15.5 TFLs, and 318 tackles. Since transferring to FSU, he played a multitude of positions, including FS, SS, CB, LB, and Nickel CB.

Andrea Simon

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)
2 (59)RB Bijan Robinson (Texas)

Round 3: LB Trenton Simpson – Clemson

Trenton Simpson, Linebacker, Clemson, Draft
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Another noted position of concern for the Bills, at least in my opinion, is linebacker. With the loss of Tremaine Edmunds, I’d love to see the team draft some top talent out of college for this position. With a PFF grade of 68.3 and impressive size, I think Trenton Simpson from Clemson is the man for the job. Over his past two seasons, Simpson has allowed only 353 yards on 66 targets (5.3 yards/target). The 21-year-old is very physical at the POA (point of attack), has great fluidity, and processes well in coverage.

Kevin Siracuse

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)LB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
2 (59)WR Cedric Tillman (Tennessee)

Round 3: DT Siaki Ika – Baylor

Siaki Ika, DT, Draft, Buffalo Bills
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The Bills already have eight defensive tackles under contract for this season, but not one of them is signed past 2023. Because of this, I think they’ll draft a DT relatively early; I can see them taking one even before Round 3 (Mazi Smith, Keeanu Benton, or Gervon Dexter), but I think finding another wide receiver is a bigger need right now. That’s why I have Buffalo selecting Siaki Ika with their third-round pick.

Ika is a huge space eater, as he measured in at 6’3”, 335 pounds at the Combine (he originally weighed 357 pounds before recently dropping over 20 pounds). Though he has great size, he also has “uncommon athleticism for his size” and “raw strength to hold the point of attack,” according to Kyle Crabbs (formerly of The Draft Network). As a result, Ika can get to the quarterback as well while playing the 1-tech. In 37 collegiate games between LSU and Baylor, Ika finished with 70 total tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Ika can take on the blockers while giving LB Jack Campbell clean lanes to get to the running back, something the Bills tried to do with DT Star Lotulelei and LB Tremaine Edmunds.

Zach Vaughn

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)LB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
2 (59)Traded to Atlanta for 3 (75), 4 (113), & 5 (159)

Pick #75 (via ATL): S Brandon Joseph – Notre Dame

Branson Joseph, Safety, Buffalo Bills, Draft
Sports Illustrated

With Taylor Rapp signed, the Buffalo Bills have one potential long-term safety replacement in the building. Now they need to figure out the plan for the other safety spot. The optimal Micah Hyde replacement would excel at pass coverage downfield. While it’s possible that Christian Benford moves from cornerback to that free safety role, there is no guarantee that he will make the transition.

Brandon Joseph, on the other hand, already plays the position and did so at the highest level of NCAA football (Northwestern/Big Ten and Notre Dame). Joseph not only excels in zone coverage, he has a knack for making plays on the ball and a high pass coverage IQ.

Pick #91: WR Andrei Iosivas – Princeton

Andrei Iosivas, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills, Draft
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Princeton WR and track star Andrei Iosivas has the elite athleticism and size you want in a WR (6’3″, 205 lbs). He also has good ball skills and can be a YAC fiend. (He gives off Christian Watson vibes.) While his route tree could use some development, McDermott tends to ease rookies in anyways. Iosivas can develop his game more in a limited role (behind Diggs, Davis, Shakir, Harty, and/or Sherfield) this year and compete for the WR2 role in 2024.

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