The Bills most significant issue in 2023 was the interior of their offensive line. The fact that they have yet to do much to address it in free agency means they better have their sights on a guard in this year’s draft. There is none better than O’Cyrus Torrence. He will immediately fix their interior line struggles and put the Bills back on pace for a Super Bowl run.
The Jaguars would love to address their interior o-line with this pick. But, thanks to the Bills, they will have to wait. So instead, they move to their secondary and take Deonte Banks. Banks, and his Maryland teammate Jakorian Bennett, both had outstanding Combines. So now the fringe first-round cornerback finds his way into the top 25; Banks could start Week 1 for the Jaguars.
The Seahawks get the steal of the first round with Nolan Smith after trading back. The Combine superstar will fit perfectly into the Seahawks system and pair excellent along the d-line with fellow first-round pick Jalen Carter. I don’t think Smith falls this far come May. But, you never know. Seattle comes out like thieves in this mock draft.
In almost every draft, there is a surprise offensive lineman pick. This year it’s Blake Freeland. Not only did Freeland have an outstanding Combine, but he also had a fantastic 2023 season at BYU. Freeland didn’t give up a single sack on 462 pass-blocking snaps. Those are out of this world numbers. The Steelers take notice and help protect their franchise player, Kenny Pickett.
I could see the Vikings trading out of the first round entirely in a quest for more picks. However, considering they have yet to address the wide receiver position in free agency they decide to do so here. Zay Flowers will greatly complement Justin Jefferson as a chain mover. In addition, Flowers should be a big enough threat to allow JJ to get some breathing room to do his thing.