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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Bills beefed up the offensive line with their second pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, taking Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence with the 59th overall selection Friday night.
Here are four things to know about Buffalo’s newest blocker:
No sacks allowed
The highest-drafted offensive lineman taken by the Bills since Cody Ford (39th pick in 2019), Torrence earned All-SEC and consensus All-America honors after his lone season at Florida.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, Torrence didn’t allow a single sack in more than 1,500 snaps playing for Florida, and three previous seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Torrence not only didn’t allow a sack playing against top competition in the SEC — he didn’t even give up a quarterback hit, according to NFL Draft Buzz. Eight quarterback hurries were counted against him in 11 starts for the Gators. Over the three previous seasons, Torrence allowed three quarterback hits and 16 hurries.
“The first thing that came to mind was blocking for Josh Allen,” Torrence told reporters in a video conference after being drafted. “I mean what offensive lineman don’t wanna do this?”
Strong against the run
Torrence also was the highest-graded run blocker in the nation, and did not take any penalties, according to Pro Football Focus.
“Run blocking is more fun, but I take pride in when I get a good pass set and I set down a defensive lineman,” Torrence said during the NFL scouting combine. “I watch film and know what his favorite pass rush move is and when I can see it coming and be able to shut it down it feels great doing that.”
Torrence’s blocking ability is aided by his tremendous hand size, measured at 11 and 1/4 inches in width. That was among the three largest for offensive linemen in the draft pool.
This is the second consecutive draft and third in five years in which the Bills have picked a player out of Florida, following the first-round selection of cornerback Kaiir Elam in 2022, and the fifth-round selection of linebacker Vosean Joseph in 2019. Prior to that, Buffalo hadn’t pulled a player out of the Gainesville swamps since defensive end Scott Hutchinson was drafted 38th overall in 1978.
Before becoming a Gator, Torrence started 35 games in three seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he also played left guard. He played alongside three other NFL draft picks (Robert Hunt, Kevin Dotson, Max Mitchell) with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“I feel like it was very important for not only to show people that I could play in the SEC, but also just for me as a player to prove to myself how good I feel like I am, I believe I am,” Torrence said. “Just being able to go in the SEC and dominate and be able to be as good of a player as I was kind of proved that and showed that my ceiling is higher than I originally thought.”
Call him ‘Cybo’
Torrence was nicknamed “Cyborg” by his mother Demtrice. His oversized build reminded her of a character from the DC Comics series Teen Titans on Cartoon Network.
The moniker morphed into “Cybo” as Torrence leaned out his physique from weighing 420 pounds as a high school freshman.
Jonah Bronstein joined the WIVB squad in 2022 as a digital sports reporter. The Buffalonian has covered the Bills, Sabres, Bandits, Bisons, colleges, high schools and other notable sporting events in Western New York since 2005, for publications including The Associated Press, The Buffalo News, and Niagara Gazette. Read more of his work here.