O'Cyrus Torrence drafted in second round by Buffalo Bills

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Gators All-American offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence was selected 59th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2023 NFL Draft. Torrence was the third Florida Gators player selected in the draft after quarterback Anthony Richardson (fourth) and Gervon Dexter (53rd).

Florida head coach Billy Napier made his case for Torrence this week.

“There’s a huge sample size. Three years of group of five play, but now, a year against the best players in the country in the Southeastern Conference. This is a guy, in my opinion, can plug and play as a day-one starter. The proof is in the pudding,” Napier said. “He’s not only proved it on film, but in every measurable. I think the guy is off the charter. Cybo has been a pleasure to be around. I can’t complement his work ethic, his durability, his toughness. He has been a very consistent player and person for us throughout his career.”

Rob Sale on O’Cyrus Torrence

“Couldn’t be happier for Cybo. So proud of him. I’ve been lucky to witness his development into the player he is today and I know a lot of work and commitment has gone into it. It truly makes me proud to have been a small part of that process. Happy for him and his family, and the best is yet to come. The Bills are getting an outstanding football player and teammate in Cybo, and even a better person.”

Torrence with the Gators

Torrence came to Florida after two seasons with Louisiana. While he spent just one season in Gainesville, he left his mark. Torrence was named a consensus First-Team All-American in 2023.

That earned him a granite brick was revealed marking his achievement.

“It means a lot to be a part of Gator history and a part of this great culture they have here and be a part of something that’s bigger than myself,” Torrence said moments after unveiling the 72nd such brick (including two repeat selections) sealed in the storied walkway. “Coming here was the right decision for me and my career. The after-effects of being in the [Southeastern Conference] and this great organization and being here is surreal and it’s all hitting home for me now. I’m happy to be a part of Gator history.”

Torrence played in 355 pass-blocking snaps in 2022 and allowed zero sacks. He played in 698 total snaps and committed zero penalties. Torrence went his entire career (1,501 pass-blocking snaps) and never allowed a sack. He committed just 12 penalties in 3,065 career snaps.

Torrence is the highest-graded guard in the country according to Pro Football Focus with an 88.2 grade.
Torrence has anchored an offensive line that has allowed only 13 sacks this season. That was second-least in the SEC and tied for 15th in the nation. Florida’s 5.8 yards per carry and 213.7 rushing yards per game are amongst the best in program history.

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