Buffalo Bills draft former Ole Miss offensive lineman Nick Broeker in 7th round of 2023 NFL Draft
OXFORD, Miss. — Former Ole Miss offensive lineman Nick Broeker was selected in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills Saturday. He was the 13th pick in the round and the No. 230 overall pick.
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Broeker is the second interior offensive lineman the Bills have selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, as they went with Florida offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence at No. 59 in the second round.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman totaled 48 games with the Rebels, never missing a game after his arrival as a freshman. Broeker became a starter his sophomore year and spent his first three years at Ole Miss playing at left tackle.
He told reporters at SEC Media Days last year he had some critiques from NFL scouts that his arms might be too short for him to play left tackle at the professional level — so he simply moved to left guard and performed just as well.
At the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Broeker moved over and played right guard, again proving his versatility.
The skinny on Nick Broeker from NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein:
“Guard prospect with average size who has the ability to punch above his weight as a run blocker. Broeker is limited as a move blocker but thrives when firing out and running his feet through contact to open lanes. He has very strong hands and consistently works to finish his blocks…above-average play strength and has the talent to become a starting guard in a downhill run scheme.”
- Treats opponents like a blocking sled once he’s centered up.
- Sustains attack with vice grips for hands.
- All-day worker and block finisher.
- Efficient with hands and hips to swivel and seal cross-face block.
- Takes appropriate angles up to second-level targets.
- Impressive recovery quickness against sudden movement at the line.
- Can sink a sudden anchor with flexible lower half.
- Looks for work when uncovered in protection.
Nick joins Jonathan Mingo, Tavius Robinson, and Zach Evans who have also been drafted. Stay tuned to The Rebel Walk as we keep you updated on all our NFL Rebels!
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.