6. Buffalo Bills
For the Buffalo Bills, the divisional round loss to the Bengals was a reality check. They’ve been a fun team, and they felt poised to get it done after unseating the reigning champs on opening night. The Von Miller addition was great to the defense, but without him, the defensive line didn’t generate enough push. The offensive line got bullied up front as well.
The Bills have to enter the 2023 NFL Draft with a realigned focus to find an identity in the trenches outside of Miller being a closer. That should start at pick 27. If it’s a tackle like Anton Harrison or Dawand Jones to firm up one of the bookends, that’s an excellent start. If not, a guard spot is open. Torrence getting here would be value, but Steve Avila is another that would make sense and has gotten some first-round buzz.
The defensive line really hits a sweet spot around this spot. If they want a pass rusher, Will McDonald would be a creative rusher with the arsenal to get to the quarterback and the length and power to sit and leverage versus the run. The interior is interesting too. Bryan Bresee is likely falling this far, and if Buffalo believes in his health, the ceiling is extremely high. A run stuffer like Mazi Smith could work here too. If they want versatility, Keion White and Adetomiwa Adebawore also make sense.
This should find its way all over the board for Buffalo in the 2023 NFL Draft. Guard, tackle, and center insurance should be on their mind, as should everywhere on the defensive line. Don’t get bullied anymore in important spot. Be the bully. Change the philosophy. Now is the time.