Buffalo Bills: 4 defensive tackles in 2023 NFL Draft to replace Ed Oliver

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Buffalo Bills 2023 NFL Draft Target: Zacch Pickens

Another defensive tackle that could replace Ed Oliver is one that the Buffalo Bills brought in for a Top 30 visit recently in Zacch Pickens, according to Jordan Schultz with The Score. The former University of South Carolina defensive lineman played 43 games over four seasons with the Gamecocks and had 131 total tackles, 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss.

At 6’4″ and 295 pounds, Pickens could be moved around the defensive line, similar to Adebawore, but would probably be best suited as a three-tech defensive tackle. The scouting report on Pickens on The Draft Network has a similarity to Oliver in that Ed Oliver didn’t have a fully developed repertoire of pass rush moves and Pickens seems to struggle to make an impact after that initial move.

If he has a limited role as a rookie, this is something he could focus on developing with the idea of him replacing Ed Oliver if he were to leave in free agency next offseason. However, what Pickens can do immediately is make an impact against the run and this is something he has done well during his time at South Carolina.