Buffalo Bills Mock Draft: A subtle trade lands tremendous value

Buffalo Bills, 2023 NFL Draft (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills, Tuli Tuipulotu
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Pick Analysis. EDGE. Tuli Tuipulotu. 2. player. Scouting Report. USC. 808

In the second round, the Bills go right back to the trenches but on the defensive side of the ball. The biggest reason why Buffalo is, yet again, going after an edge rusher early on, is the question mark of Von Miller.

Miller’s recovery from an ACL tear last Thanksgiving could result in him missing a chunk of the 2023 season, but we’re not quite sure where he’s at with a timeline. What we do know, is that when Miller went out, things got fairly inconsistent.

Tuli Tuipulotu would come in and immediately offer a plus-percentage of snaps on defense, and he’d likely make them count. Tuipulotu always had the physical ability, but last year with USC he became a more consistent finisher. He found himself in the back field more often than not, and finished the season with 13.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.

One thing he can offer Buffalo, additionally, is the ability to line up on the interior at times. His power is great enough to be able to come from the inside of the front, or line up on the outside. This could come into play also, if the Bills wanted to deploy Tuipulotu along with a package including Gregory Rousseau and Miller, when he is back.