Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Trade for Dalvin Cook, plus other needs filled
By Ryan Heckman
It hasn’t fully set in that the Buffalo Bills are done with the season just yet, but looking ahead to the offseason is a crucial step in fans attempting to get over a playoff loss like the one suffered in the AFC Divisional Round.
In the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, the Bills have some work to do. While they came in as preseason Super Bowl favorites a year ago, the Bills do have some areas they have to improve.
One of those areas is in the run game, which the Bills just can’t seem to solidify. Drafting James Cook last year looked to be the move, but Buffalo didn’t quite trust him as a rookie.
Maybe, pairing Cook with someone he knows well could provide a little extra motivation, and quite a bit more excitement to this offense. Let’s give it a shot in our latest mock draft.
To begin this 2023 mock draft, the Buffalo Bills pull off a surprising trade for Dalvin Cook
If the Vikings cut or trade Cook before June 1, they would save about $8 million. Minnesota’s run game was no where near their focus last season under Kevin O’Connell, and with the offense looking more and more dependent on the pass, Minnesota could use this money elsewhere; eh em, defense.
Buffalo getting Cook would be a dream for he and his brother James, who would get to play together at the highest level. Buffalo would get a huge weapon in Dalvin, one they would actually use. Believe it or not, the Bills were a top-10 rushing attack last season, despite not having a true number one running back.
With the Cook brothers and Josh Allen’s rushing threat, this offense becomes almost unstoppable, so long as they add a couple other necessary pieces.
Cook’s contract might be an issue, but if he would agree to restructuring — something Brandon Beane is savvy at doing — then the Bills should be fine, cap-wise.
Alright, let’s dig into the mock.