Bills To Explore Scenarios For Trade Into Top Five

After trading Cordy Glenn to the Bengals and picking up Cincinnati’s No. 12 overall pick, the Bills are in stronger position come draft weekend. And they plan to use that to their advantage with a quarterback solution in mind.

Buffalo holds five of the top 65 picks in the draft, and Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com tweets the franchise will explore scenarios about what it will take to pick up a top-five pick. These talks are expected to heat up next week and gain steam at the Orlando owners’ meetings, which are set for March 25-28.

The Bills have seen quarterback dominoes fall Tuesday, leaving them without a starting option for 2018 and beyond. Although, the franchise traded Tyrod Taylor to the Browns on Friday and was not believed to be a serious Kirk Cousins suitor. Now, it looks like the Bills — who hold the Nos. 12 and 21 picks in Round 1 — are the team to watch for a first-round move.

The Browns, Giants, Jets and possibly the Broncos could take quarterbacks. As of now, each picks in front of the Bills. Robinson notes a trade into the top five could be meant to outflank the Jets, who are likely to be dedicated quarterback pursuers since they’ve missed out on Kirk Cousins.

The Bills’ last first-round quarterback pick, EJ Manuel, did not go well for the franchise. Now, the Brandon Beane-led regime looks ready to take a swing. A definitive hierarchy for the top prospect tier of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield has yet to form. But the Bills are likely eyeing one of those players by planning a potential northward jump come Round 1.

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19 comments on “Bills To Explore Scenarios For Trade Into Top Five

    • Michael Chaney

      I’m a Browns fan and I agree. I hope they take a QB at 1 and the Bills trade up to either 2 or 3…then at 4 they’d be guaranteed to get either Barkley, Fitzpatrick, or Chubb.

      Or the Browns could even trade down with the Bills…getting 12 and maybe a first next year would be a good move if they can pull it off.

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      • Clark K

        There’s no way you’re a Browns fan, no QB is worth using the number 1 pick on. From a football fans perspective I wanna see them go Barkley, Fitz, trade up into the early 20s and draft Lamar Jackson. I can’t state enough how much I love Lamar he’s the most explosive, athletic QB in the draft give him a year or 2 to work on his accuracy and he’s unstoppable.

        If they do for whatever reason trade down with the Bills only way I see it is 4th for 12th 21st and a 2nd next year. Browns take Barkley, Derwin James, and Lamar Jackson

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        • sportznut1000

          so i agree with you that browns should take barkley at 1 and a defender at 4 but the lamar jackson thing i disagree with. you cant teach accuracy. you either have it or you dont so time wont help him. he may be worth taking as a project pick but they are probably better off avoiding qb altogether in the 1st round and early 2nd and just address it next offseason. (although they wont do that) i could see them going 9-7 if they avoid injuries and avoid drafting a qb

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        • Michael Chaney

          Do you really want to doubt that I’m a Browns fan? I’m not sure why I’d claim to be associated with them unless it was the truth.

          Darnold is my personal choice at QB; getting Barkley would be great, but they need a long-term answer under center and Taylor is only there as a bridge. If there’s a QB they like more than the others, they can’t afford to pass on him under any circumstances.

          Also I’m really not sure what you know about quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson is an athletic freak, but he’s not going to be a franchise quarterback…if you have accuracy problems entering the NFL, that’s probably always going to be an issue.

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        • Michael Chaney

          Good point hahaha I didn’t think that through…my point still stands though because the Browns could get an even better shot at one of them if Buffalo trades ahead of them

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    • Connorsoxfan

      Probably takes another mid round pick in the 4-6 round range

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  1. balloonknots

    Colts have the worst roster trade back pick two 1st and a 4th from Bills this year. Begin reloading that team with viable talent

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  2. MikePLV10

    Browns should trade out of both picks. Get the 12th and 21st from the bills plus a 2nd rd and next year 1st for #4 and then move back from #1 for multiple 1st round and 2nd round picks..

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    • runutstoo

      Also, Buffalo is the only team with multiple firsts? Do you follow football…at all?

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      • MikePLV10

        Please tell me how I am delusional (correct spelling) Bears went from 3 to 2 and gave up multiple 1st. So going from 12 to 4 is gonna have a heavy price tag..

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  3. Chris

    I think this would make more sense for the Colts than Browns. Browns should use #1 and #4 on Barkeley and Fitzpatrick or Chubb. Colts need a lot of help everywhere. I’d trade down and pick up 2 first rounders and some other picks to give the team the chance to add more talent.

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    • So you’re suggesting that the Browns pass on the QB options? Because that’s worked out well for them the past two years. And because next year’s class is somehow better? Lamar Jackson isn’t the answer for them. Yes he’s athletic…and that’s about it. I agree that you need a QB with some athleticism in this league in order to maximize the offensive playbook, but you also need to have the fundamental QB tools. Maybe they don’t take a QB at #1, but they should definitely take one at #4.

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  4. CubsRebsSaints

    Browns should take Barkley at 1. Trade 4 to Buff for 12 and 22. Take a QB when the time is right. Taylor can QB this year. If you use 6 first round picks in 2 years on non QB’s you almost have to have more talent. Sure up your O-line and bring in a 4/5year vet RB and re-sign Pryor or sign Jordy Nelson. Go win you a few games. Don’t rush the QB. This crop is NOT elite. The ones they’ve missed on, they’ve already missed on. Reaching for one now won’t make up for that. They better make sure they had a good backup for Taylor though. Doesn’t have to be a rookie.

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