Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Buffalo Bills Post-Draft 2023 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Buffalo Bills in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 4

Most improved: Offense

After Josh Allen led the league in team touchdown percentage in 2022 (84%) and the Bills' offense struggled with consistency toward the end of the year, the Bills invested around the quarterback by drafting tight end Dalton Kincaid in the first round. Kincaid will give Allen a big target in the middle of the field. The team also added to the wide receiver room with Trent Sherfield, Deonte Harty and fifth-round pick Justin Shorter, in addition to bringing in significant depth for the interior of the offensive line with free agent additions and by drafting O'Cyrus Torrence in the second round. -- Rank: 4

The Bills did the right thing in Kansas City, dedicating the top of their draft board to players who will make life easier for Josh Allen. Buffalo traded up in the first round to select Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid, a soft-handed playmaker and interesting complement to incumbent tight end Dawson Knox. Buffalo then used its second pick to address the interior of the offensive line, selecting O'Cyrus Torrence, the highly regarded guard out of Florida. With two moves, Allen gets a much-needed weapon in the passing game and the promise of better protection up front after absorbing 33 sacks a season ago. If the Bills can stick the landing with a DeAndre Hopkins acquisition -- he likes the organization, you know -- the offseason will be perceived as a smashing success.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 3

Some have said the window is closing on this team, but I don't buy it. They had a good, solid draft, which will help Josh Allen. The change to Sean McDermott calling the defense should make it more aggressive.

USA Today -- Rank: 4

The D gets OLB Von Miller and S Micah Hyde back — plus the emotional lift from Damar Hamlin's return — while QB Josh Allen has a new weapon in TE Dalton Kincaid. But the ability to run the ball remains in question at a time when Allen is signaling he'll dial down his downfield forays.

The Athletic -- Rank: 4

Draft takeaway: With Dawson Knox and first-round pick Dalton Kincaid, no 12 personnel in the league has a scarier-sounding tandem of tight ends to the plucky young protagonist of an ‘80s movie.

Hype man: Kincaid really is a perfect fit for what we need on offense. Did you see Dane Brugler call him maybe "the best pass catcher in this draft, regardless of position"?

Dawson Downer: How long can we really expect Von Miller and Stefon Diggs and Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde to be elite? Is Sean McDermott taking on too much responsibility having to call games on defense? This feels like the last best shot for this roster nucleus to win a ring (or even make it to the AFC Championship Game).

PFF -- Rank: 5

The loss of Tremaine Edmunds is significant for the Bills' defense, but they were able to retain safety Jordan Poyer and linebacker Matt Milano to maintain some stability. They also boosted their offensive line by signing tackle Connor McGovern, but their other free agency moves have been fairly lackluster.

Edmunds‘ departure in free agency was slightly offset by Buffalo drafting Dorian Williams, who produced a top-10 coverage grade among FBS off-ball linebackers in two of his last three seasons at Tulane.

PFT -- Rank: 5

Bills at the crossroads after the toughest playoff loss any team suffered last season (Bengals 27, Bills 10, at Orchard Park). Josh Allen needs Gabe Davis to return to late-2021 form, and for two additions—first-round TE Dalton Kincaid and under-appreciated free agent WR Trent Sherfield—to contribute immediately. Very important year, chasing the ever-elusive Lombardi.

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