Five Moves for the Bills to Make on Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft
The Buffalo Bills surprised most in the NFL realm when they traded up two spots to draft Utah tight end, Dalton Kincaid. Buffalo still has multiple glaring needs, including off-ball linebacker, help in the secondary, and another receiver. What will they end up doing when they are on the clock? Here are some possibilities.
1.) Draft Julius Brents
The Kansas State cornerback is amongst the best players expected to go in the second round. He has great size and length, and is tremendous in press-man. While it’s still far too early to tell what Kaiir Elam will end up being at the NFL level, Buffalo is thin at cornerback behind Elam and Tre’Davious White. Brents has the potential to step in and immediately be the starter opposite of White – he’d be a fine selection.
2.) Draft Jalin Hyatt
The Bills missed out on Boston College receiver Zay Flowers, so they could look to Hyatt to get a burner on offense. Hyatt has a lot of Mike Wallace in his game. He’s very good after the catch and can take the top off a defense. If Hyatt is available at 59, he could very well hear his name called.
3.) Draft Trenton Simpson
The Clemson product is arguably the best off-ball linebacker remaining on the board. His coverage skills would make him a threat in the shallow part of the field, as well as give Buffalo a solid presence in the middle of their defense. Simpson is a thumper who doesn’t shy away from the tough hits, and his football IQ is high. A player of his caliber would be a great addition to the Bills defense.
4.) Draft Drew Sanders
Unlike Simpson, Sanders isn’t a natural off-ball linebacker. He moved inside in 2022, and while he played well in that role, he isn’t as adapted to all the fundamentals of the role as someone like Simpson. However, Sanders does have a little more versatility in his game than most. In addition to playing in the middle, Sanders can come off the edge in certain situations. He needs to get better in coverage, but the versatility of Sanders is appealing.
5.) Trade for a receiver
It’s no secret that the Buffalo Bills are looking to acquire a proven game-changer. Whether it be DeAndre Hopkins, or even Jerry Jeudy, the Bills need a go-to target on the perimeter not named Stefon Diggs. Hopkins seems to be the receiver in which the Bills are zoned in. If he escapes their grasp, though, setting their sites on Jeudy would be a good pivot.
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