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2023 Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Round 6



Happy Draft Week everybody! Today, we wrap up our 2023 BF Writers Mock Draft with our sixth round picks. (The Bills don’t currently have a seventh round pick this year; they sent it to Atlanta for S Dean Marlowe.)

“With the 205th 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)
3 (100); via LVOT Blake Freeland (BYU)
4 (130)LB Ivan Pace Jr. (Cincinnati)
5 (137); via ARIRB Kendre Miller (TCU)

Round 6: TE Payne Durham – Purdue

In a different draft class, Payne Durham might be as high as a late-second round pick. The 2023 Tight End class, however, is not just any draft class. With a bevy of talented tight ends out there, Durham falls all the way to round six. He doesn’t fall any further.

In his four years as a Boilermaker, Durham was a decent receiving threat, finding soft spots in zone coverage and taking what he was given. The true highlight of his game is his interior blocking, where he’s unafraid to lead and capable of posing a short-range threat on leaks. Even defenses that do their homework will struggle to identify when he’s a route-runner or a blocker pre-snap. He’s a ‘safe’ draft pick, if there ever was one. His consistent blocking and general ‘Jack-of-all trades’ skill set will keep him as most NFL teams’ TE2.

He lacks any true elite traits, but at this point in the draft you’re looking for versatility and depth, and that’s what this selection gives us. The offense can finally run those 12 and 22-personnel sets that fans have been clamouring for, and that Ken Dorsey so clearly wanted to implement last offseason. I would imagine him filling in as the sixth lineman in obvious run scenarios, if selected, or as a mystery in short-distance or red-zone play-calls.

Bryce Martino

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)LB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
2 (59)OT Darnell Wright (Tennessee)
3 (91)S Jammie Robinson (Florida State)
4 (130)WR Jonathan Mingo (Ole Miss)
5 (137); via ARITE Payne Durham (Purdue)

Round 6: CB Riley Moss – Iowa

Riley Moss, CB, Iowa, Buffalo Bills, Draft
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Riley Moss totaled 47 tackles, 11 PBUs, and one INT last season. Moss made a name for himself at the combine and senior bowl, running a 4.45s 40 with a 39” vertical jump. He has the ability to move over to Safety if a team like the Buffalo Bills really need him too. But, if he sticks at corner, CB3-4 would probably fit him the best.

Andrea Simon

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)
2 (59)RB Bijan Robinson (Texas)
3 (91)LB Trenton Simpson (Clemson)
4 (130)IOL Steve Avila (TCU)
5 (137); via ARIQB Stetson Bennett (Georgia)

Round 6: S Jay Ward – LSU

Jay Ward, DB, LSU, Draft, Buffalo Bills
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For my sixth round pick, I choose LSU DB Jay Ward. The 22-year-old could be a good option for a versatile player late in the game. While some teams may question his size, as he played undersized from the safety position at LSU, Ward also played corner, nickel, and even special teams. The Buffalo Bills could certainly use a player like this, who brings tenacity at the point of contact. 

Kevin Siracuse

Round (#)Selection
2 (37); via SEALB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
2 (59)DT Siaki Ika (Baylor)
3 (91)WR Jonathan Mingo (Ole Miss)
4 (123); via SEAOL Nick Saldiveri (Old Dominion)
4 (130)TE Luke Schoonmaker (Michigan)
5 (137); via ARIOG Jarrett Patterson (Notre Dame)
5 (154); via SEADE Thomas Incoom (Central Michigan)

Round 6: RT Warren McClendon – Georgia

Warren McClendon, OT, Georgia, Buffalo Bills, Draft
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The Bills can truly take the best player available, now that they’ve addressed all of the positions of need on their roster. With their final pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, I have them taking Warren McClendon to continue to beef up their offensive line while giving Spencer Brown some more competition.

McClendon was a three-year starter for Georgia, helping the Bulldogs win the National Championship last season while not allowing a sack (along with LT Broderick Jones). He posted a 71.2 PFF grade in 14 games started. The 6’4”, 300 pound right tackle has a lot of upper body strength and competitiveness that he uses to his advantage in the run game and in pass protection. I’ve seen some mocks where he gets selected in Round 3 and some where he gets lasts until Round 7. So if he’s there at #205, the Bills should not hesitate to draft McClendon and have him block for James Cook once again.

Jenna Carlson

Round (#)Selection
1 (27)OT Darnell Wright (Tennessee)
2 (59)LB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
3 (91)WR Marvin Mims (Oklahoma)
4 (130)TE Luke Schoonmaker (Michigan)
5 (137); via ARIRB Roschon Johnson (Texas)

Round 6: DE Thomas Incoom – Central Michigan

With the uncertainty surrounding Von Miller’s ACL recovery, the Bills will need to address the edge rusher position if they want to maintain their rotational depth. Just one week ago Shaq Lawson re-signed on a one-year deal with Buffalo, joining Greg Rousseau, AJ Epenesa, and Boogie Basham in the DE room for the first half of the season (assuming Von starts on the PUP list). Looking into the future, Epenesa and Basham will be free agents in 2024 and 2025, respectively. Regardless of whether the Bills pick up a free agent or look to the draft for DE help, a move will need to be made to provide insurance for the defensive line. 

Thomas Incoom is a projected late round pick who is an inexpensive option for the Bills’ defensive line depth. Despite having a sturdy frame of 6’2”, 262 lbs, he ran a stunning 4.66s at the combine. His pass rush skills are quite underdeveloped though, and that might have to do with the level of competition that he faced in college and the fact that he has only played the edge position since 2018 ( Nevertheless, he finished with 11.5 sacks as an edge defender in the MAC ( His aggressiveness off the snap is promising and he maintains strong upper body control as offensive linemen attempt to redirect his rush.

He does, however, fail to sneak around blocks and will often create his sacks off of generated pressure. Not that that is a bad thing—he just needs to refine his pass rush toolbox. On the bright side, what’s better than learning from future hall-of-famer Von Miller? As for playing the run, he could be more consistent in beating his blocks, but his strong pursuit when the runner gets space is more than satisfactory. I expect him to be a decent contributor in the d-line rotation if he is drafted by the Buffalo Bills.

Zach Vaughn

Round (#)Selection
2 (36); via LARLB Jack Campbell (Iowa)
2 (59)DT Siaki Ika (Baylor)
3 (69); via LARWR Jonathan Mingo (Ole Miss)
4 (103); via CHITE Luke Schoonmaker (Michigan)
4 (130)OL Nick Saldiveri (Old Dominion)
5 (136); via CHIIOL Jarrett Patterson (Notre Dame)
5 (137); via ARIS/LB Marte Mapu ( Sacramento State)

Round 6: QB Jake Haener – Fresno State

Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State, Buffalo Bills, Draft
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The Buffalo Bills have been content cycling through veteran backup QBs and hoping to not have to use them in the event Josh Allen goes down. However, even though they retained Matt Barkley and signed former Panther/Commander/Texan (and Josh Allen’s golf buddy) Kyle Allen, QB2 is still a question mark on this Bills roster. So, in the sixth round of this 2023 mock draft, Buffalo makes another minimal investment at backup QB (both in terms of draft capital and salary) with Fresno State QB Jake Haener.

While he is undersized and doesn’t have the strongest arm, Haener does have good passing instincts and football IQ, solid accuracy, and is a fierce competitor and leader of men (per Brentley Weissman/The Draft Network, Dane Brugler/The Athletic, Ian Cummings/Pro Football Network, and Lance Zierlein/ He projects to be a top-tier backup QB in the vein of Taylor Heinicke (#IYKYK).

What do you think the Buffalo Bills should do in the sixth round #BillsMafia? Let us know on Twitter (Zach/@zvaughn2712, Kevin/@kevin_siracuse, Jenna/@cookedbyshakir, Andrea/@heyitsandreah, Bryce/@BillsByBryce, Iestyn/@IestynTHarris)!!!

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