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Bills Today: Bills move up to No. 2 in mock draft

Posted Feb 7, 2018

Here's the Bills news of note for Feb. 7th.


1 - Bills move up to No. 2 in recent mock draft
The majority of mock drafts have seen the Bills stay put and keep their back-to-back first-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. But this recent mock added a bit of a twist, as Buffalo sent some picks to the New York Giants and in return acquired the second overall pick in this year’s draft.

Sporting News’ Eric Galko has the Bills trading up to the second pick to land quarterback Josh Rosen. He believes Buffalo’s first-round picks in 2018 and a pick in 2019 should be enough to move into the top-two.

This is Galko’s projection on the Bills grabbing Rosen with the second pick in 2018.

A year ago, the Bills were considering moving up in the draft for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Their new management and coaching staff in place this year could look for a similar move for Josh Rosen, a quarterback in whom they have shown substantial interest. Both of their first-round picks this year and a 2019 early round pick should be enough, and the Giants can move back and remain in win-now mode.

Rosen had a three-year career as UCLA’s QB. In three seasons, he posted 9,340 passing yards, 59 touchdowns, and 26 interceptions.

In Rosen’s last season as a Bruin he put up multiple career-highs. In his junior year, he had his most passing yards (3,756), his highest completion percentage (62.6), and his most TDs (26).

Aside from Rosen, three other QBs were selected in the first-round of Sporting News’ mock draft.

They project USC’s Josh Darnold taken first overall by the Cleveland Browns. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield, was the QB drafted after Rosen and he went sixth overall to the New York Jets. The fourth-and-final QB selected was Wyoming’s Josh Allen. They projected the Pittsburgh Steelers traded into the top-10 to take Allen in the 2018 draft.

2 - Tyrod Taylor talks about breaking the drought

He started in 14 games this season and quarterbacked the Bills in their first playoff game since 1999. Of course, Tyrod Taylor has every right to be proud of that admirable achievement.

Taylor joined NFL Total Access to talk about destroying the team’s 17-year postseason drought.

“It was awesome. Our fans definitely deserved it. They’ve been a part of a bunch of winning seasons, but as of lately, up until this season it’s been a bunch of disappointing seasons,” said Taylor. “Definitely proud of the fact that I was able to lead them to the playoffs for the first time in nearly 20 years. Definitely a proud moment.”

Taylor’s been Buffalo’s QB for the past three seasons. In those 44 games, he’s thrown for 8,857 yards, 51 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He currently holds the highest completion percentage (62.62) in Buffalo Bills history.

Taylor has one more season left on his two-year contract with the Bills. In 2018, he’s set to earn a base salary of $10 million and a roster bonus of $6 million. He’ll carry a cap hit of over $18 million, according to spotrac.

Considering Taylor has one more year left on his contract, he hasn’t taken much time to think about the future.

“I haven’t really spent too much time. I’m under contract right now. Until I’m told otherwise I’m a Buffalo Bill,” said Taylor. “I love playing in Buffalo. I love my teammates up there. We have a special locker room. I think this past year, through the ups and downs, we were able to show resilience and keep focus through the whole year. I’d love to be back with those guys.”

3 - Bledsoe says Buffalo was his favorite place to play
He was a Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, but that didn’t match his time with the Buffalo Bills. Of the three teams he played for, the Bills were Drew Bledsoe’s favorite.

Bledsoe had a 14-year career in the NFL. He played nine seasons (1993-2001) with the Pats, three seasons (2002-2004) with the Bills, and his final two years (2005-2006) with the Cowboys.

Bledsoe joined the John Murphy Show and discussed his different stops in the league.

“We played in three different places. We played in New England, we played in Buffalo, and we played in Dallas,” said Bledsoe. “When people ask me where my favorite place to play was, I always tell them Buffalo.”

Bledsoe was a four-time Pro Bowler and one of those selections came with the Bills in 2002. In his three seasons in Buffalo, he recorded 10,151 passing yards, 55 touchdowns, and 43 interceptions.

Now that the Bills have tasted the playoffs, they’re ready to go deeper in the postseason. When that day comes, Bledsoe claims he won’t hesitate to take part in the celebrations.

“We absolutely adore the fans out there. If the Bills ever get over the hump and win a world championship I might even paint my face,” he said. “I’d love to see, for all the fans out there and for that great organization, I’d love to see the Bills win a championship someday.”

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