Buffalo Bills 2023 NFL Draft: Prospects and games to watch in Week 8

Luke Musgrave, Oregon State (Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)
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Andre Carter II, DE/EDGE Army

Army vs. UL Monroe 12 PM

Over the past three seasons, general manager Brandon Beane has made significant investments in the defensive line almost every year:

  • 2022: Von Miller
  • 2021: Greg Rousseau and Boogie Basham
  • 2020: AJ Epenesa and Mario Addison

While the Bills now have strength along the defensive line, rushing the quarterback is never a position where having too much depth is a problem. If anything, the Bills need that sort of depth in the way they rotate their defensive line.

Enter Andre Carter II, who has some of the best edge rushing sizes in the NFL draft since Greg Rousseau, who the Bills drafted. Carter II had an elite season as a sophomore, where he registered 15.5 sacks.

Although Carter had a record-breaking sack season, I think the more impressive statistic was the 4 forced fumbles he had on sacks. Carter not only gets to the quarterback, but he creates turnovers. Carter stands 6’7″ and 260 pounds giving him elite length that tackles struggle to deal with.

Although Carter’s 2021 stat line would indicate he is ready for the NFL, he could improve a lot in his game. Carter’s hand placement and bend are not the strengths of his game. Additionally, once a tackle can fully engage with Carter, more often than not, Carter loses the rep.

While Carter has a ton to work on as far as technique and pass rush plan go, his elite athleticism and size make him an intriguing pass rush option. With the current depth of the Bills, they could afford to develop Carter and turn him into an excellent pass rusher.