4 linebackers the Buffalo Bills could draft on Day 2 in 2023 NFL Draft

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Owen Pappoe

The final linebacker is Owen Pappoe out of Auburn, who probably would be more of an option in the third round for the Buffalo Bills. He is similar to Trenton Simpson in that he is a smaller linebacker at only 225 pounds and that might make him not be a perfect fit to replace Tremaine Edmunds on the Buffalo Bills’ defense.

Pappoe was the starting linebacker for the past three seasons for Auburn but missed a majority of the 2021 season due to an ankle injury. In his two full seasons as a starter, Pappoe had over 90 total tackles each of those seasons as well as having six sacks, nine tackles for a loss, and two interceptions.

While he is under-sized, he certainly has the athleticism to make up for it with the second-highest athleticism grade from the NFL Combine and can cover a lot of ground quickly. The biggest question will be how he handles the traffic on the interior and if he can get to the ball carrier.

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