Mistakes the Buffalo Bills must avoid in 2023 NFL Draft: Not drafting an edge rusher
When Von Miller went down with an ACL tear last Thanksgiving, the Bills defense changed drastically. No longer did they have that alpha presence. No longer could they get to the quarterback as a unit like they did previously.
Instead, it was mostly on the shoulders of Gregory Rousseau, who did play well in spurts. However, all of the other guys up front didn’t quite pull their weight in terms of consistency’s sake. Without Miller, it was tough sledding.
Now, we aren’t even sure if he’ll be ready for Week 1. At this stage, Miller could even end up missing a chunk of the season. At his age, an ACL injury isn’t something to mess around with. The Bills have to tread carefully, but they also have to ensure they have a backup plan.
It might seem crazy, but if there is a value in the first or second round, the Bills should snag an edge rusher. Getting to the quarterback is something so vital to this team, especially in the AFC where the quarterback position is absolutely loaded.
If anything, setting themselves up for future success at the position and admitting failure on some of their other edge rusher selections is something the Bills might have to do.