There is a belief around the league that the Buffalo Bills could be aggressive in trying to move up in the first round of the NFL Draft to land an impact player for 2023.
The 2022 season had a lot of positives for the Buffalo Bills to hang their hats on but also included a great deal of frustration. While they were one of the elite teams in the league throughout the season, they were unable to reach their ultimate goal and get to the Super Bowl.
Injuries to key players like Von Miller and Josh Allen surely had an impact, but it just seems like they are a couple of key players short of competing with the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals at the top of the AFC. That is why some believe the organization could look to move up on day one of the 2023 NFL Draft.
On a Monday edition of the “Establish The Run” podcast, NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein explained why he believes “Buffalo could aggressively move up for somebody” in the first round of the event because the Buffalo Bills can “smell the Super Bowl.”
The idea of the Bills moving up from their pick at 27 and into the teens does make a lot of sense, and after doing very little in NFL free agency, it almost seems necessary. With that in mind, let’s look at three players Buffalo could target in a trade-up in the NFL Draft.
Bijan Robinson, Texas running back
The obvious player that would be worth moving up to snag is Texas star running back Bijan Robinson. He is universally seen as the top back in this year’s class and could fall to the back of the top 20, which would be a perfect place for the Buffalo Bills to trade up to.
Buffalo has lacked a game-changer RB for years and finding one to take their offense to scary levels makes a lot of sense. However, new rumors suggest the Philadelphia Eagles may take him at 10, so the Bills might need to make a very big jump to get him or hope they get lucky.
Quentin Johnston, TCU wide receiver
Gabe Davis is a solid WR2 for the Buffalo Bills, however, a case could be made that they need to upgrade the position and give Stefon Diggs more help so he doesn’t have to carry the bulk of the pass-catching load. There are several very good but not great wide receivers in this year’s class that could be available in the late teens and early 20s.
Our NFL Mock Draft has TCU star receiver Quetin Johnston going 18 to the Detroit Lions. Moving up to that spot to get one of the best pass catchers in this year’s class would make sense for Buffalo and means more weapons for Allen in 2023.
Joey Porter Jr, Penn State cornerback
In today’s NFL, you can never have enough pass rushers and talented cornerbacks. While the Buffalo Bills’ offense is what will take them to the Super Bowl, they need a defense that can slow down elite offenses in Kansas City and Cincinnati. That is why moving up to grab one of the better cornerbacks in this draft, like Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr. is very likely for the team.