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2023 Mock Draft Watch 1.0

Texas running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs against UTSA during an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Texas running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs against UTSA during an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

No. 27 – RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

The Bills have other needs outside running back, of course, but if one thing was clear in the team's divisional-round loss to the Bengals, it was that Josh Allen simply needs more help from the team's skill-positional players. Robinson could help boost Buffalo's underwhelming run game and give Allen another yards-after-the-catch-creating playmaker.

No. 27 – OT Broderick Jones, Georgia

Buffalo needs an upgrade on the right side of its line and gets lucky with a talented tackle prospect falling right into its lap at the end of the first round.

No. 27 – RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

Look, I know you've seen this one before, but it's too much fun not to manifest. Robinson has been one of the top playmakers in football over the past two seasons. He finished 2022 with a 95.2 overall grade (rushing and receiving) and more than 1,000 yards after contact. He also recorded an incredible .040 missed tackles forced per attempt, which was the fourth-highest rate in the country and the highest among any back with at least 200 carries. His presence would alleviate the need for quarterback Josh Allen to rush as much as he does, highly impact the Bills' rushing attack and improve their passing game.

No. 27 – IOL Cody Mauch, North Dakota

The Buffalo Bills' season stalled out in the divisional round after scoring a lowly 10 points at home against the Cincinnati Bengals after pass protection issues slowed Josh Allen down. Cody Mauch resembles so much of what we've seen the Bills prefer in prospects. A converted tight end, Mauch became an impact starter at North Dakota State at left tackle where his athleticism, tenacity, and power shined. He could stabilize.

No. 27 – RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

If Dallas isn't going to get in on the mock draft fun, then Buffalo will. Putting Bijan Robinson next to Josh Allen wouldn't seem fair, but it's hardly an impossible outcome. Robinson's playmaking ability is undeniable. It's as good as it gets at running back in this draft.

No. 27 – G O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

The Bills need interior offensive line help around Mitch Morse following a disappointing season from Rodger Saffold and Ryan Bates. Torrence has the power, nastiness, hands and feet they could use to become smoother inside.

No. 27 – DB Brian Branch, Alabama

Branch can play both safety and slot corner for the Bills. This is certainly a position the Bills need to address this offseason.

No. 27 – DB Brian Branch, Alabama

The Bills have a lot of questions to answer on offense this offseason, but that doesn't make them exempt from issues on the other side of the ball — particularly in the secondary. Jordan Poyer, perhaps the NFL's best safety, will be a free agent. Micah Hyde missed most of the 2022 season, and he turned 32 on December 31. Cornerback Tre'Davious White has not been the same player since a group of injuries took him down from top-two status at the position a few years back. And the Bills are more than $8 million over the projected 2023 salary cap of $225 million, so there isn't a lot of room to move. Buffalo selected Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam with the 23rd pick in the 2022 draft, and it might be time for general manager Brandon Beane to double down with another first-round defensive back.

At 6-foot-0 and 193 pounds, Branch has played all over Nick Saban's defense over the last three seasons. His box/slot profile wouldn't seem to fit Buffalo's nickel-heavy defense, and the Bills already have Taron Johnson to man the slot. But Branch can drop deep in single-high and split-safety looks, and he might be able to work outside in certain situations. In any event, the Bills really need a versatile defensive back like this.

No. 27 – RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

The offensive line is a bigger issue, but if Robinson falls to this spot, the Bills might not be able to pass him up. He's in the same echelon of prospect as Saquon Barkley was coming out of college, and if Buffalo can bolster the offensive trenches in free agency or later in the draft, he could immediately bring much-needed balance to this offense.

No. 27 – LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

PFF Big Board Rank: 29

Tremaine Edmunds is a pending free agent and the Bills appear ready to move on. Simpson is smaller than Edmunds, but he does have great sideline-to-sideline speed. He's also shown the ability to play in space and cover, which Buffalo needs in the middle of its defense.

No. 27 – WR Parker Washington, Penn State

Washington, the Nittany Lions' leading receiver in 2022, adds a much-needed YAC weapon to Josh Allen's arsenal.

No. 27 – DE/OLB Derick Hall, Auburn

The Bills have one of the league's best rosters, but they could lose a few defenders in free agency, including Jordan Poyer, Tremaine Edmunds and Shaq Lawson. They need to restock in this draft. And even though Buffalo has used first- or second-round picks on Greg Rousseau, Boogie Basham and AJ Epenesa in the past three drafts, its depth on the edge has to get better. That's why I see Hall, who had 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons, as a stellar fit on Day 1. He could turn into a steal here.

On the other side of the ball, I almost went with offensive tackle Cody Mauch (North Dakota State), who could play guard early in his career before becoming the team's long-term left tackle. Guard O'Cyrus Torrence (Florida) could be another option.

No. 27 – CB Cam Smith, South Carolina

The Bills don't have a lot of needs -- and safety, interior offensive line, or even running back (if, say, Bijan Robinson is still sitting there) could be options here. But cornerback could be a target, as well. Cam Smith is a first-round talent who can be a Day 1 contributor.

No. 27 – WR Jordan Addison, USC

The crafty pass-catcher would add another playmaker to an explosive arsenal around quarterback Josh Allen.

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