Despite being the preseason betting favorite to win last year’s Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills didn’t even make it to the Big Game — let alone the AFC Championship — as they were eliminated by the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Divisional Round.
Given the team’s talent, the Bills are expected to be one of the main contenders in the AFC again next season, which is, once again, ruled by Patrick Mahomes and the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.
However, while the Bills may already have one of the most talented rosters in the league does not mean they’re prepared to rest on their laurels, as a new report from ESPN’s Matt Miller says that the team will be aggressive on draft day as they have “eyes on moving up.”
The Buffalo Bills are another AFC title contender with eyes on moving up, based on what I’ve heard from sources around the league. The Bills will play the board and see who is falling, but with the No. 27 selection, it’s very possible general manager Brandon Beane gets anxious and moves up for an interior offensive lineman or offensive skill player. That said, Buffalo has six total selections in this draft, so trading up very far wouldn’t be possible without mortgaging future draft classes.
According to the bookies in Las Vegas, the Buffalo Bills have the second-best odds (+900, tied with the Philadelphia Eagles) to win next year’s Super Bowl.
The Bills’ road to the Super Bowl certainly won’t be any easier next season, as fellow AFC teams such as the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots are all expected to improve next year, not to mention the perennially powerful Chiefs and Bengals.
The 2023 NFL Draft will be held outside of Kansas City’s Union Station from Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29.
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