Trades land Bills bevy of draft assets

Posted Mar 14, 2018

Bills GM Brandon Beane executed a pair of trades, which enhanced Buffalo's draft positioning while also moving some large contracts off the team's roster.

The Bills were part of the slew of trades the NFL orchestrated at the outset of the new league year. GM Brandon Beane not only improved the value of the club's draft choices overall, but also moved some of the team’s largest contracts off the roster.

Buffalo’s first trade was consummated with Cleveland as they sent QB Tyrod Taylor to the Browns in exchange for their 2018 draft choice at the top of round three (No. 65 overall).

“Tyrod was instrumental in getting us to the playoffs and breaking what was a 17-year drought,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “You’ve heard me say it before, his work ethic and intangibles are unmatched, and his leadership that goes along with the position.”

It was clear at the end of last season however, that the club felt they had to do better than ranking 31st in the league in passing and as a result the quarterback room for the Bills will look considerably different than it did last year.

The pick from the Browns now gives Buffalo two picks in each of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL draft. No other team in the NFL has six picks in the first three rounds of the draft this spring.

The Bills then improved the value of one of those six picks in a trade with Cincinnati. Buffalo sent OT Cordy Glenn to the Bengals along with their first round pick at 21 and a fifth-round pick (158th overall) in exchange for Cincinnati’s first-round pick at 12 and a sixth round pick (187th overall).

Buffalo is now armed with pick 12 and 22 in round one, 53 and 56 in round two and 65 and 96 in round three. The Bills additionally have a fourth (121 overall), a fifth (166 overall) and a sixth-round pick (187 overall) for a total of nine.

The draft capital acquired via trades has put the Bills in a great position to move almost anywhere they wish on the draft board to land a prospect that they might covet this April.