Friday morning, there was a report which leaked regarding the Buffalo Bills and some of their potential plans for the 2023 NFL Draft.
For fans wanting to keep hold of their current draft capital, which is only limited to six picks, look away.
The Bills are reportedly looking to trade up in the first round in order to find either an interior offensive lineman or an offensive skill player. In order to do so, they’ll have to sacrifice some of that precious draft capital.
But, this is also a team that’s on the cusp of being a Super Bowl contender. So, with that report in mind, we delve into three specific trades and selections the Bills could make come draft weekend.
Trade Number 1: The Buffalo Bills make a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The first trade scenario involves Buffalo moving up from their 27th pick to Tampa Bay’s no. 19 selection.
In this deal, the Bills give up a fourth rounder this year and a second-round pick in 2024 in order to move up eight spots.
With the pick, they go with USC standout receiver Jordan Addison to pair with Stefon Diggs. The Bills could use another wide receiver to take some pressure off Diggs and give this offense a consistent playmaker, which Gabe Davis has not turned out to be, at least yet.
Addison stands 5-foot-11, so average size, but reminds a lot of scouts of a guy like Tyler Lockett. He has sneaky speed which won’t necessarily blow you away in the 40-yard dash, however, he’s able to use quick footwork and his body nuances to get past defensive backs and beat the secondary deep.
He’s also able to find the opening within the middle of the field, which will come in handy for Josh Allen on scramble drills.
Addison immediately supplants Davis as the WR2, allowing Buffalo to potentially move on from his one year remaining in Buffalo before hitting free agency. If Buffalo could trade Davis after drafting Addison, that’s best-case scenario.