Lack of options and too many needs put Bills in a difficult position ahead of NFL draft
The Bills are in a tricky situation as they approach the 2023 NFL Draft. They have shown in recent off-seasons that they prefer to have their roster filled out so that they can draft the best player available and not have to rely on rookies to fill starting roles.
This provides stability, developmental time and added depth to their roster as young players develop and integrate into the NFL schemes throughout their first season. It also allows the players to adjust to the rigors of a longer and more demanding NFL schedule.
However, this season the Bills enter the draft with some glaring needs. They will almost certainly add a middle linebacker with an early selection despite the options currently on their roster. They should add a tight end, as they currently only have Dawson Knox and Quinton Morris currently on their roster after Tommy Sweeney followed Brian Daboll to the New York Giants. They will almost definitely draft a wide receiver and probably add an offensive lineman with a day two pick.
What the Bills, and every team, needs to avoid is being in a situation where they have to select a player from any one position at a given point in the draft. Drafting this way forces teams to select players above their value, and decreases the overall success of building teams through the draft. Without addressing one of their significant needs (DE, TE, O-line, WR, MLB) through a free agent or trade, they are putting themselves in a situation where they could either pigeon-hole themselves or rely on Miller returning 100% healthy for the entire season.
The Bills still have options and time to address needs through a variety of avenues. However, Von Miller’s rehab and its impact on the 2023 season is a situation to watch closely as we head closer to the draft.