Sunday night, the news broke about Odell Beckham Jr. signing with the Baltimore Ravens. The Bills, of course, were one of the rumored teams to be in on him over the past few weeks.
With Beckham off the board, and DeAndre Hopkins not a likely trade candidate at this point, the Bills need to find a backup plan to add another playmaker on offense.
General manager Brandon Beane enters the 2023 NFL Draft with just six draft picks, but could still trade up, according to a recent report. It would be a risk, but the Bills need to find another offensive weapon for this group.
After all, it’s pretty much Super Bowl or bust at this point. In our latest mock draft, Beane goes big, trades up and finds his offense another big name.
The Buffalo Bills make a trade up to snag a perfect backup plan for missing out on Odell Beckham Jr.
In this trade, the Bills send their no. 27 pick to the Bucs while also giving up a fourth-round selection this year and a second rounder in 2024. With the pick, they go with USC standout wide receiver Jordan Addison.
When looking at the scouting reports for both Addison and Beckham, there are a lot of similarities. Both stand 5-foot-11. Both are great in space and after the catch, also possessing the ability to get themselves open and slip out of coverage.
Addison and Beckham can run a variety of routes and are able to get off the line in a hurry, too, each making route breaks look smooth and controlled.
His season two years ago at Pittsburgh was far more impressive than last year at USC, which is one reason why Addison won’t go in the top 15. But, right here at 19 is just right and it’s enough for the Bills to pull the trigger.
Getting another top-tier receiver next to Stefon Diggs is going to take a lot of the load off both Diggs and Josh Allen. Plus, having a first-round receiver on a rookie deal, when Gabe Davis’ contract is up after this season, is a big plus.