Morning mock draft: Bills take RB, Tremaine Edmunds replacement in two rounder
In a two-round 2023 NFL draft mock by CBS Sports, the Buffalo Bills address position on both offense and defense.
Starting with the Bills’ top selection at No. 27 overall, Buffalo takes Texas running back Bijan Robinson. An oft-mocked player to the Bills early this offseason, Robinson is a potential Devin Singletary replacement.
CBS Sports has the same mindset with Buffalo’s Round 2 selection as well. A linebacker, Clemson’s Trenton Simpson, would be taken to fill in a void left by Tremaine Edmunds.
By the time the draft comes, the Bills will know how things unfold in free agency with Singletary and Edmunds, so both could need replacing. Time will tell.
Here’s more analysis on both players:
Bijan Robinson | RB | Texas
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At six-foot and pushing 200 pounds, Robinson is not the mold that Singletary is. However, in taking Singletary’s place in the lineup if the veteran leaves as a free agent, Robinson would provide more of a consistent every-down punch.
Here’s CBS Sports’ breakdown on the Robinson pick:
Robinson is special, and while he is probably one of the best players in this class, he could still be around late in Round 1 because he’s a running back. And yes, we know, the Bills used a second-round pick on James Cook a year ago. But Cook isn’t an every-down back, and more than that, Nyheim Hines is the only other RB currently on the roster ahead of free agency. Adding a Saquon Barkley-type talent to this offense? There are worse things.
Trenton Simpson | LB | Clemson
A 6-foot-3, 240 pounder, Simpson is only coming to the Bills if Edmunds walks as a free agent. However, because of Edmunds’ relatively young age, most predict Buffalo will do anything to re-sign him.
The Draft Network notes that Simpson is a versatile defender that is promising against the pass. That’s also the exact area Edmunds most improved in his game in 2022.