Bills GM Buddy Nix said all along they would take all phone calls if they were teams interested in their pick at eight. With the top wide receiver in West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and top cornerback in Alabama’s Dee Milliner still on the board, the Bills were presented with trade offers and ultimately struck a deal to move down to the 16th spot in round one in a swap of multiple picks with St. Louis.
The Rams parted with one of their two first round picks at 16 along with their second round pick at 46 and a seventh round at 222 overall to move up to Buffalo’s spot at eighth overall. The Bills and Rams also swapped third round picks, with Buffalo moving down from pick 71 to pick 78.
St. Louis coveted Tavon Austin and used the eighth pick overall acquired from the Bills to take the spark plug receiver.
Buffalo likely felt comfortable parting with the eighth pick after no quarterbacks came off the board in the seven picks prior to their spot at eight.
The trade improved Buffalo’s draft pool from six to eight total picks including three in the top 50. The Bills now have pick 16 in round one, picks 41 and 46 in round two, pick 78 in round 3 along with picks 105, 143, 177 and 222 overall.