Buffalo Bills: Grading 2023 Draft picks with some hard truth

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Honestly grading the Buffalo Bills’ selection of Nick Broeker in 2023 NFL Draft

In Round 7, you are hoping to find the best value you can possibly find. Buffalo needed to continue working on their interior offensive line depth, and they did so with Nick Broeker. At no. 230 overall, Broeker beat most of his scouting reports. ESPN had projected him at no. 185 overall, while NFL Media thought he’d be a fifth-round pick.

Broeker is a strong drive blocker with hands that pack a punch. He’s only semi-athletic, and doesn’t move as well as you’d like in a scheme like Buffalo’s. However, as a seventh rounder and likely a depth piece, this was great value by Beane.

Notable players available: S Anthony Johnson Jr., RB Kenny McIntosh, CB Corey Trice

Grade: B

Honestly grading the Buffalo Bills’ selection of Alex Austin in 2023 NFL Draft

This pick was all over the place in terms of grades. Oregon State’s Alex Austin has excellent size at the cornerback position, standing 6-foot-1. He’s a physical corner who plays hard-nosed in style. Austin was close to being the last pick in the draft at no. 252 overall, but an outlet like The Draft Network had him as their no. 97 prospect.

Meanwhile, ESPN had him projected to go undrafted. This is exactly the type of pick you’d expect in the seventh round; one who gets many split evaluations. Nonetheless, Beane had to add more cornerback depth to this team in order to give some guys competition. With Austin, he at least accomplished that.

Notable players available: WR Ronnie Bell, C Alex Forsyth, DE Desjuan Johnson

Grade: C+

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