Bills NFL Draft Recap 2023

Last Updated: May 2, 2023

After winning their third consecutive AFC East title and succumbing to another early playoff exit, the Buffalo Bills came into this offseason needing to retool their roster.

The 2023 NFL Draft was never going to be the only part of that process, but it proved to be a step in the right direction for the Bills. With limited pick ammunition, Buffalo gave Josh Allen a pair of new pass-catchers, added protection on the offensive line, and filled a gaping hole at linebacker.

Let’s meet the Bills 2023 NFL Draft class.

Bills NFL Draft Picks 2023

  • Round 1, Pick 25 Overall (From NYG via JAX): Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
  • Round 2, Pick 59 Overall: O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
  • Round 3, Pick 91 Overall: Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
  • Round 5, Pick 150 Overall (From WAS): Justin Shorter, WR, Florida
  • Round 7, Pick 230 Overall (From NYJ via TB, HOU, PHI, HOU): Nick Broeker, G, Mississippi
  • Round 7, Pick 252 Overall (Comp From TB via LAR): Alex Austin, CB, Oregon State

Bills NFL Futures Odds

Now that the NFL Draft is complete, get ready for the 2023-24 NFL season with the latest Bills odds and futures betting markets.

Bills Draft Grade 2023

Bills NFL Draft Grade: A-

Our Frank Ammirante gave the Bills an A- for their efforts as they traded up to land the top tight end in this class, Dalton Kincaid, in Round 1. Buffalo also got plenty of value down the board, nabbing projected first-rounder O’Cyrus Torrence at No. 59 and big-bodied wideout Justin Shorter in Round 5.

Click to see our full report card of 2023 NFL Draft Grades.

Note: The following information was written prior to the 2023 NFL Draft.

Bills Draft Team Needs 2023

1. Linebacker

2018 first-rounder Tremaine Edmunds signed with the Bears in free agency, leaving a gaping void next to Matt Milano at linebacker. Edmunds had his best season as a pro in 2022, leading the team with 102 tackles in just 13 games.

Buffalo needs someone to come in and replace that production, especially since there isn’t much experience at the position elsewhere on the roster.

2. Wide Receiver

After his remarkable four-touchdown performance in the divisional-round loss to the Chiefs in Jan. 2022, Gabriel Davis was expected to emerge as the No. 2 receiver in this offense. An early-season ankle injury didn’t help matters, but Davis never quite hit his stride, catching just 48 of 93 targets for 836 yards and seven scores last season.

Adding another top target to pair alongside Stefon Diggs should be a priority, especially since Davis’ rookie deal expires after the season.

3. Offensive Tackle

Keeping Allen upright and healthy is paramount to the Bills’ chances of reaching (and winning) a Super Bowl. Pro Bowl LT Dion Dawkins is under contract through 2024, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Buffalo brought in a right tackle to add depth and provide some competition to 2021 third-rounder Spencer Brown.

Bills May Also Consider Drafting: Safety, Tight End

Bills NFL Draft Round 1 Mock 2023

  • Round 1, Pick 27 Overall: O’Cyrus Torrence, IOL, Florida

As of April 12, our own Anthony Cervino is predicting the Bills will pick this massive interior offensive lineman who earned Consensus All-American honors for the Gators. Read our full NFL Mock Draft.

Bills NFL Draft Pick History

Bills NFL Draft Picks 2022

  • Round 1, Pick 23 (23rd Overall): Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
  • Round 2, Pick 31 (63rd Overall): James Cook, RB, Georgia
  • Round 3, Pick 25 (89th Overall): Terrel Bernard, LB, Baylor
  • Round 5, Pick 5, (148th Overall): Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State
  • Round 6, Pick 1 (180th Overall): Matt Ariaza, P, San Diego State
  • Round 6, Pick 6 (185th Overall): Christian Benford, CB, Villanova
  • Round 6, Pick 31 (209th Overall): Luke Tenuta, OT, Virginia Tech
  • Round 7, Pick 10 (231st Overall): Baylon Spector, LB, Clemson


John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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