Buffalo Bills: 4 potential values at pick 27 in 2023 NFL Draft

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These four picks could present great value for the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is almost here. Years of scouting, analysis, and discussion for the Buffalo Bills and the other teams in the NFL will collide across three nights from April 27-29 and shape the future of the franchises and young men who are drafted.

Even with the recent explosion of data and analytics which allow teams to evaluate players in ways that 20 years ago would seem like something out of a science fiction movie, every team will value these players differently – both in terms of how the project the player and how the player fits their particular team.

As a result of the varying valuations and differing team needs, every year there are players who drop farther than expected during the NFL draft and provide an opportunity for teams willing to take on risk to acquire top-end talent at excellent values.

This may be due to injury, performance struggles in college, a bad scheme fit, off the field issues, character concerns, combine test results, or any number of other factors that NFL teams analyze and re-analyze constantly throughout the pre-draft process.

Whatever the reason, if the players who fall in the draft rebound, the teams who were willing to take a chance reap the benefits. Consider for example how Stefon Diggs falling to the fifth round in the 2015 NFL Draft has altered the course of two franchises.

With the Buffalo Bills (at least at the time of this writing) slated to have the 27th pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, they are in a prime position to acquire a player who not long ago would have been projected to go much higher in the draft.

The latest projections reveal four players who could fall to the Bills at 27 for different reasons. Each could return significant value at a position of need for Buffalo.