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2023 Mock Draft Watch 9.0

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No. 27 – DT Calijah Kancey, Pittsburgh

This talented, explosive interior rusher lands with a team that loves getting after the quarterback. It's a great fit.

No. 27 – LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas

The Bills need to replace Tremaine Edmunds next to ace coverage man Matt Milano. Sanders is a natural pass rusher and upfield disruptor against the run to complement what Milano does well at a high level.

No. 27 – WR Zay Flowers, Boston College

The Bills need more offensive firepower if they're going to get over the hump in the AFC, and Flowers would give them a chance to do just that. A big-play creator with inside-outside versatility, Flowers brings twitchy movement skills and run-after-the-catch ability. He's the perfect complement to Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.

No. 27 – WR Quentin Johnston, TCU

This is one of those "we didn't think he'd be there" picks. It may not be the most glaring need on the Bills roster, but Johnston gives the Bills a three-deep at receiver that can go toe-to-toe with the rest of the AFC.

No. 27 – CB Deonte Banks, Maryland

The Bills need a better rotation on the outside to guard against injuries and their secondary core is aging. Banks is the best corner left on the board and I didn't see value picks at any of the Bills' other needs — like receiver and offensive tackle — left.

TRADE No. 27 and No. 130 to SAINTS for No. 29 and No. 71

No. 29 – LB Jack Campbell, Iowa

The Bills moved No. 27 and No. 130 in the trade back and received this pick and No. 71 from the Saints. With Campbell they get an instant replacement for Tremaine Edmunds.

No. 27 – LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson

I'm breaking my rules a little bit because I don't have a first-round grade on Simpson. The Bills just don't have many starting spots open, but they need a replacement inside for Tremaine Edmunds, who signed with the Bears. Simpson could fill that need; he has the coverage traits to play on third downs.

No. 27 – WR Jordan Addison, USC

The Bills need to add more weapons around Josh Allen and find another reliable pass catcher for him to throw to. Gabe Davis was expected to take that next step in 2022 but failed to do so. While some mocks might want the Bills to replace Tremaine Edmunds and take a linebacker, positional value and Allen's contract have to be factored in here. The Bills simply can't afford to waste a premium pick on a non-premium position.

No. 27 – EDGE Myles Murphy, Clemson

Buffalo adds another young pass rusher to an already-deep rotation. If the Bills are going to compete with Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow over the next decade, they can't stop adding to that D-line.

No. 27 – RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

Robinson is special, and while he is probably one of the best players in this class, he could still be around late in Round 1 because he's a running back. And yes, we know, the Bills used a second-round pick on James Cook a year ago. But Cook isn't an every-down back. Adding a Saquon Barkley-type talent to this offense? There are worse things.

No. 27 – WR Jordan Addison, USC

The Buffalo Bills are searching for an appropriate No. 2 receiver opposite Stefon Diggs. Gabriel Davis didn't prove capable of filling that role last season. Jordan Addison was once the draft's consensus top-ranked receiver, but lackluster size and pre-draft testing have muddied Addison's projection. Bills general manager Brandon Beane takes advantage of his draft-day slide. Addison is an elite route runner that would immediately hit the ground running in Buffalo.

No. 27 – LB Drew Sanders, Arkansas

With his traits and ability to rush the passer, Sanders has the ingredients of a first-round pick. Buffalo isn't in a position where it has to replace Tremaine Edmunds here, but the chance to add a talent like Sanders on defense would have to be appealing.

No. 27 – OG O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida

No. 27 – WR Jordan Addison, USC

At the NFL scouting combine, Addison boasted he "crushed it" in his interview with the Bills. The confidence is justified for the Pitt transfer and 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner, as his savvy and smoothness as a route runner would make him an appealing option as this offense's needed No. 3 receiver.

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