This offseason, the Buffalo Bills have a couple of key areas to address.
One of the biggest issues for Buffalo, all season long, was up front across the offensive line. Quarterback Josh Allen was blamed for a lot of the mistakes made by this offense over the past season, and justifiably so at times. But, his protection was not as good as it could have been, and the Bills have to look at changing things up.
Two of the Bills’ starters are over the age of 32, with one of them — guard Rodger Saffold — being a free agent. The other, center Mitch Morse, could be cut in order to save some cap space.
In the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, the Bills will hold the 27th pick in the first round. But, with some glaring needs, trading that pick might end up being in their best interest if they can get additional capital in return.
A mock first round trade would net the Buffalo Bills a pair of second-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft
Let’s say Buffalo wants to try and move back in order to snag an extra pick and have the opportunity to draft multiple starters instead of just one. The Detroit Lions have ample draft capital and a trade like this could make sense.
Pick 48: Tennessee OT Darnell Wright
With the first pick they get from Detroit, the Bills would take Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright. The Volunteer stud stands 6-foot-6 and weighs around 335 pounds. He possesses a strong anchor and excels in both the run and pass game. Immediately, the Bills’ line is improved and competition is increased.
Pick 55: Minnesota C John Michael Schmitz
With the potential of Buffalo cutting Morse, then this pick makes a ton of sense. John Michael Schmitz makes it two offensive linemen to start the draft, and nobody is happier than Josh Allen. This also presents good value, considering Schmitz is the no. 55 overall prospect in this year’s class according to Pro Football Focus. They hit the nail on the head with that ranking, and the Bills take advantage.
Overall, getting two starters up front will put a lot of Bills fans at ease. The line was a large pain point for Bills fans in watching the team struggle at times, offensively, last season.
Hopefully, something like this comes to fruition and the Bills can bolster the trenches come April.