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Bills NFL Draft grades from Day 2 + previewing Day 3


We've reached the final day of the 2023 NFL Draft and there's still plenty of potential talent on the board for the Bills to take. Buffalo will have two picks today — a fifth-rounder and a six-rounder.

In the second and third rounds, the Bills went out and added highly-touted offensive line prospect O'Cyrus Torrence from Florida, a 6-5 and 330-pound guard who did not give up a sack in college. Buffalo used their 59th overall pick (second round) to add Torrence, then added LB Dorian Williams from Tulane in the third (No. 91 overall).

Before we shift out attention to the final rounds of the draft, lets see how the experts grade the Bills' Day 2 picks.


Grade: A

Analysis: "Torrence is a first-round talent. The Bills can use his bulk and quick feet up front. Even after signing Connor McGovern this offseason, the value was too good for the Bills to ignore. Williams isn't a household name, but he meets the team's need at inside 'backer after losing Tremaine Edmunds."

Grade for O'Cyrus Torrence: A

Analysis: "The Bills filled a major need and married it with top value in landing Torrence. With hands measuring 11 ¼ inches and a wingspan around 84 inches, Torrence has a left tackle body but anchors so well against powerful defenders that guard is a great spot for him. He still needs to make technical strides, but he was a disciplined blocker without any penalties as a Gator and started 47 games at guard."

Grade for Dorian Williams: B

Analysis: "The Bills looked at multiple linebackers this draft to replace Tremaine Edmunds and landed one of the most experienced in college football in Williams. With great speed (4.49), Williams has closing ability and good tackling mechanics. In four seasons, he finished with 311 tackles, including 27 for loss, and 15 pass breakups. Although on the small side (6-1, 228), Williams could help in subpackages and special teams right away."

Pick Grade for Torrence: Elite

Analysis: "Like the Giants just a few picks ago, this could have easily been the Bills' first-round selection. A mountain of a man at the position, he can still move better than his size would suggest. After starting his career at Louisiana, he made the move to the SEC with ease, finishing 2022 with an 89.9 PFF run-blocking grade, which was the best in the Power Five last season."

Pick Grade for Williams: Good

Analysis: "The Bills trade up to secure Williams, a player with legitimate range and a huge wingspan. Those traits helped him morph into one of the most impactful players at the position against the pass throughout his college career. Williams produced a top-10 coverage grade among FBS off-ball linebackers in two of his last three seasons at Tulane."

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Grade for Torrence: A

Analysis: Enormous human being who actually plays with more foot quickness than his size would indicate. Masher in one-on-one scenarios. Must utilize his length better at next level but already very good anchoring skill. More help for Josh Allen is smart for Buffalo.

Grade for Williams: A

Analysis: "Shorter, but incredibly long and decently rangy. But quicker than fast in general. Plus ball skills and awareness in coverage. Tireless worker to beat blocks and does it frequently. Sure tackler. Fills a need and keeps Buffalo athletic at LB."


Bills GM Beane is always trying to add competition to an already very talented roster, and he does that with the additions of Torrence and Williams. When it came to the philosophy of picking those two players and how he approaches the draft overall, Beane explained it's about taking good players on your board and not reaching elsewhere.

"That one was a clear, take good football players," Beane said of why he drafted the OG and LB. "Don't worry about who's starting right now. Injuries, other things happen. Contracts get in the way and it'll all kind of settle itself."

Beane said he's learned from his time in Carolina to not pass on a good player just because there might already be something similar on the roster. They'll use that approach on Day 3 with the two picks they have left in the fifth and sixth round.

"As far as (Saturday), we don't have a fourth," Beane said. "I would have loved to have gotten one. But at the same time, I don't want to give up a good player just to say, `Oh, well, we added a pick.' So we'll have to be patient in the fourth.

"And then we'll see. We're early five. So, we'll see where that goes. If there's a player there, who really fills the value we'll do it. If not, we'll see if we can add something later in the fifth six, or even the seventh."

As for who they may target, Beane said they still have some defensive backs on their board that haven't been drafted yet.

Best players available in Day 3

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah unveiled his top prospects remaining for Day 3, a list which you can see in full here.

Similarly, PFF has their top 100 prospects left in the draft listed here.

CBS Sports believes there are still plenty of impact wide receivers and corners in the last four rounds of the draft.

Scroll to view photos from the second and third rounds of the Buffalo Bills 2023 Draft Room.

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