Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: Trading for big name lineman, plus WR help
By Ryan Heckman
The NFL offseason is in full swing for 30 teams, and after this coming Sunday, it’ll be all 32 as Super Bowl LVII will be in the rear view. While the Buffalo Bills would love to be in the big game, they have some glaring needs to fix before they can get there next season.
General manager Brandon Beane has his work cut out for him this spring, as the Bills are extremely top-heavy when it comes to the salary cap.
One of their biggest needs, at the moment, is up front across the offensive line. Replacing Rodger Saffold and maybe even cutting ties with Mitch Morse, for salary purposes, could be in the future.
In our latest mock draft, we attempt to fill one of those holes right away, while patching other holes within the Bills’ roster.
The Buffalo Bills could kick off the 2023 NFL Draft by trading for guard Shaq Mason
With Tom Brady retiring, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers very well could blow it up and start over. If they do so, then guard Shaq Mason is a cut candidate. Or, the Bills could swoop in and steal him for next to nothing.
This trade works out in both teams’ favor, as the Bucs might have lost Mason for nothing, just to clear cap space. Meanwhile, the Bills get a 29-year-old guard coming off maybe his best season yet as a pro. Saffold’s spot is immediately filled and upgraded, and now it’s time to do some real work.
With one more trade before the Bills are actually on the clock, they make a deal with the Carolina Panthers in order to add some additional much-needed capital.
Buffalo gives up their first rounder at pick 27, but they move back to no. 39 while also netting an extra third rounder at no. 93 and a fourth rounder, coming in at no. 114. With these extra two picks, the Bills will go on to select some much-needed talent at key positions.
Now, what to do with a pair of second-round picks? Let’s dive in.