2023 NFL Draft Recap: Buffalo Bills
The 2023 NFL Draft has concluded after months of scrutiny about these prospects, potential landing spots, team and scheme fits, and so on. Now we get to start the entire process all over again now that we have team landing spots for these college prospects with their new NFL teams.
Today, we tackle the Buffalo Bills and how they fared in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Buffalo's 2023 NFL Draft Selections:
- Round 1, Pick 25 - Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
- Round 2, Pick 59 - O’Cyrus Torrance, G, Florida
- Round 3, Pick 91 - Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
- Round 5, Pick 150 - Justin Shorter, WR, Florida
- Round 7, Pick 230 - Nick Broecker, G, Ole Miss
- Round 7, Pick 252 - Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State
The 2023 Fantasy Football Impact:
Over the last couple of years, the Bills have been yearning to add another tight end to the roster to pair them with Dawson Knox. Well, it is definitely safe to say that the Bills have filled that need with arguably the best-catching tight end in the draft Dalton Kincaid. The rookie was the first tight end of the board in the first round. The Bills were bold and moved ahead of the Cowboys to ensure they would get their guy. Over his last two seasons, Kincaid blew up for 106 receptions, 1,400 yards, and 16 touchdowns. With gunslinger Josh Allen under center, look for the stud quarterback to utilize his new offensive weapon, making Buffalo even more dangerous on offense this upcoming season. In two tight end sets, Kincaid will always be the move tight end because Knox is the better blocker. If you want Kincaid in your dynasty teams, you should need to add him by the late first round, especially for tight end-needy teams.
After WR1 Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis, there’s not much to write home about with the rest of the receiving core for the Bills. That is what led Buffalo to draft Justin Shorter in the fifth round. Along with Kinkaid, Shorter is a huge body at 6-foot-4 and 225 lbs, and he'll be used in sub packages, especially around the goal line. Between Penn State and Florida, Shorter produced 110 receptions, 1,552 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns. The wide receiver should be considered nothing more than a depth player for the Bills, and dynasty managers in the deepest of leagues should be the only ones contemplating drafting Shorter late in your rookies.
Undrafted Free Agents to Note
Jordan Mims, RB, Fresno State: The Bills were quick to sign Mims after the draft. The rookie running back rushed for 3,285 yards and scored 45 total touchdowns for the Bulldogs, which includes 1,372 rushing yards and 18 rushing TDs in his final season. Mims could be drafted in the third to fourth rounds in rookie drafts for running back needy teams.
Tyrell Shavers, WR, San Diego State: Coming in at 6-foot-6 and 210 lbs, Shavers is one of the tallest wide receivers in this rookie class. Shavers showed much improvement in his senior season with 38 receptions, 643 yards receiving, and three touchdowns. He is a waiver-watch player for now unless you're in a really deep dynasty league.
Jalen Wayne, WR, South Alabama: The rookie wideout is actually the cousin of former All-Pro Wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Wayne is a little older than most rookies at 24 years old. He had his best season as a senior when he produced 816 yards on 58 receptions and nine touchdowns. Wayne is another waiver-watch player for now.
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