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More talk that the Bills want to trade up

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Bills General Manager Doug Whaley has said he’s interested enough in some of the top prospects in this year’s draft that there are “players we would trade up to get.” Now there’s a report saying the Bills are actively working on a trade, and there are three specific players they want.

Those three players are South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, according to Todd McShay of ESPN.

“I’ve heard from three league sources in the past week that the Bills are trying to trade up,” McShay writes. “If they do make a move, it’ll likely be to land Clowney, Robinson or Watkins.”

Robinson is widely regarded as an elite left tackle, but trading up for him sounds like an odd move, as the Bills could probably stay put at No. 9 and still take one of the other top tackle prospects, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews or Michigan’s Taylor Lewan. Perhaps the Bills have Robinson rated much, much higher than Matthews and Lewan, but that move seems like a long shot.

Clowney or Watkins, however, would make a lot of sense. Lining up Clowney opposite Mario Williams would give the Bills two of the most talented pass rushers to enter the NFL in the last decade. And Watkins would have a huge affect on Bills quarterback EJ Manuel.

Whaley said that his view on trading up is, “If we think a guy would help us make the playoffs, why wouldn’t we make the deal?” The question now is how much the Bills would have to give up to make a move from No. 9 to No. 1 or No. 2.

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52 Responses to “More talk that the Bills want to trade up”
  1. bonerchamp says: Apr 29, 2014 7:24 PM

    The Bills will always make the wrong decision. This is one of the deepest drafts in NFL history and they’re trying to get rid of picks.
    Whaley=Nix=Brandon=Levy………

  2. canetic says: Apr 29, 2014 7:26 PM

    I’m sure the Rams would be willing to trade down but it’s going to cost a 1st and a 2nd, maybe more

  3. mcguenther13 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:27 PM

    Clowney is not an option due to his work ethic, Robison would be straight DUMB over Matthews……best(and only) option would be Watkins who is going to be a STUD

  4. whiteknightblackheart says: Apr 29, 2014 7:27 PM

    The only guy who can get the Bills to make the playoffs is Satan, and everybody knows he is a Jets fan.

  5. u4iadman says: Apr 29, 2014 7:29 PM

    Trade up and get Clowney…I’d like to see Brady on his back whining more.

  6. djshnooks says: Apr 29, 2014 7:29 PM

    They are simply trying to make sure a playmaker falls to them, that’s all.

    Mike Evans is the most likely target.

  7. buckybadger says: Apr 29, 2014 7:30 PM

    Unless they think they need a big name player to keep sales up don’t do it. The Bills have lots of needs and with the signing of Mario Williams not as much room to deal with all of it. Build through the draft. If anything move back but the Bills are not one player away from being a top team. Love to see EJ get a weapon but there are a lot of WRs in this draft, don’t even take one in the 1st unless Sammy falls.

  8. wawa33 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:31 PM

    The Buffalo Bills drafted Al Cowlings and OJ Simpson # 1 in back to back years.

  9. djshnooks says: Apr 29, 2014 7:34 PM

    The Bills always make the wrong pick?

    Tell that to Kiko Alonso and Robert Woods.

    Or Cordy Glenn and Aaron Williams.

    Or CJ Spiller and Stevie Johnson.

    I could go on and on…but some people saying the most absurd things. The Bills have a lot of talent that could start elsewhere. It’s not “the same old Bills.”

    (And there’s not one player on that team who has anything to do with the past, besides the last 3-5 years at the most.)

  10. valcomm5 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:41 PM

    Please trade up to #2

  11. talkingproud says: Apr 29, 2014 7:43 PM

    In an interview on WGR last Friday, Whaley actually mentioned Clowney’s name along with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus.

  12. talkingproud says: Apr 29, 2014 7:46 PM

    In an interview on WGR last week Doug Whaley mentioned Clowney lining up on the same defensive line as Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcel Dareus.

  13. marvsleezy says: Apr 29, 2014 7:47 PM

    How come no one ever just waits for a team to pick a guy – THEN make the call for the trade. That way you dont have to trade up TOO HIGH for a guy.

    I understand you would be trading with a team that wants the guy because they just picked him – BUT, if you were gonna trade up to 4 for Watkins, thats a massive price, but if he slips to 8, then you dont have to pay as much either way.

  14. kgun80 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    The Bills don’t really have that many serious needs… We have a decent WR corps with guys like Woods and Goodwin getting a year under their belt they can only improve. Spiller and Jackson…there may not be a better RB combo in the whole league. The O-line also played pretty well last year. Basically all the parts are there and EJ needs to stay healthy and prove he can play

    D is pretty stacked and outside of the loss of Byrd ( watch out for Duke Williams).. The D is all vets returning from a year where they were 2nd in sacks.

    If they trade up it’s either for Watkins or Mack. Whaley is the first GM since Polian that is actually building a roster. He values draft picks and knows you can get value later..like Woods and Kiko and Goodwin. Not sure if he’ll move up.

  15. kev86 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:59 PM

    Go get your guy!

  16. drs12522 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:59 PM

    Bills should take DT Donald at 9 and G Su’a-filo at 41. Great teams dominate the line of scrimmage. Lousy teams like the Bills worry about more sacks and TD catches while teams run all over them and cream their QBs. LMAO

  17. kwickett85 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:00 PM

    They need a better o-line for EJ.

  18. bonerchamp says: Apr 29, 2014 8:14 PM

    LOL at the guy who said the Bills always make the right pick and mentions Aaron Williams and Robert Woods! How about the rest of the 2010 draft? After Dareus, how about the rest the 2011 draft? How about 2012 when the a bills traded up to get Russell Wilson’s teammate a few spots ahead of RW? What’s his name…BJ Graham?
    Not to mention trading up to get BJ Manuel!
    Maybin? Leodis? ……when they draft a good one they trade Marshawn!!

    Bills have lacked talent for so long that their fans mention Aaron Williams like he’s an impact player! Sad state in Buffalo.

  19. kevindunn21 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:22 PM

    they will trade up to take a RB – #billslife

  20. jpaq68 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:35 PM

    I can easily see the Bills trading up to grab a projected fourth or fifth round pick in their desperate attempt to find the next Colin Capernick or Russell Wilson .

  21. mackcarrington says: Apr 29, 2014 8:35 PM

    I’ve turned around on the Bills. It appears they’re going all out to build a solid team and not afraid to take the necessary chances to do it. It’s imperative that the Bills build a winning team before moving to Los Angeles. That way LA fans will be more welcoming.

  22. ecarlso8 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:55 PM

    Smokescreen

  23. ecarlso8 says: Apr 29, 2014 8:56 PM

    I bet they trade down

  24. r00tabaga says: Apr 29, 2014 9:01 PM

    Rex Ryan loves Clowney’s footwork.

  25. skoobyfl says: Apr 29, 2014 9:01 PM

    Clowney, let’s see who can escape the pain against us.

  26. ddarlak says: Apr 29, 2014 9:06 PM

    cannon fodder

  27. hottubtodd says: Apr 29, 2014 9:12 PM

    This sounds like a match to PFT’s earlier post about Watkins getting a phone call. Haters and pessimists (which seem to rule the posts). Bring up past draft whiffs and they are right, but I think Doug Whaley had a lot to do with last years draft that included a trade down that landed them a star LB in Alonzo. Two quality receivers and a QB that missed half the year ( including preseason) due to injuries, and to expect every rookie QB to be Russel Wilson is ridicules. Remember San Diego drafted Phillip Rivers a few years after Drew Breese because of his mediocre stats.
    Back to Watkins, if the bills trade up and get a potential pro bowler in Watkins, they will have a top 10 receiving core top ten running game a D line that sent 3 players to the pro bowl (missing Jerry Hugh’s that only recorded 10 sacks last year). A solid backfield, and an upgraded Lb unit with Brandon Spikes. The only hole would be on the OL so they would have to address that in round three or later. So trading up would probably cost them their first, second and perhaps next years first. I admit that’s a lot for any non QB, but I trust their judgment. Maybe they can talk San Fran into coughing up a 3 for Hometown WR Stevie Johnson since he would be expendable.

  28. markaveli1031 says: Apr 29, 2014 9:14 PM

    Btw the bills traded down for ej manuel & drafted the def rookie of the year with the draft pick acquired from the trade.

  29. restorativejusticeprogram says: Apr 29, 2014 9:19 PM

    Trade up?

    Why, is JP Losman in this year’s draft.

  30. rxv5854 says: Apr 29, 2014 9:21 PM

    Clowney, Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.

    Tom Brady just peed himself at the thought of that.

  31. justalonewolf says: Apr 29, 2014 9:33 PM

    keep your picks, stay at 9 then next year do what the Colts did to get Andrew Luck, lose on purpose, YES they did!

  32. freddsox says: Apr 29, 2014 9:33 PM

    Ahh yes….. The draft, the one time of the year the Bills are relevant in a football discussion.

  33. pammy6 says: Apr 29, 2014 9:50 PM

    If the team is sold this staff won’t be around next year to worry about the picks they have gave up unless they win now. I’m curious to see what the plan is come draft day. The team has been in rebuild mode for over a decade, a must win now situation could be just what they need. They’re D kept them in a lot of games last year, if they land Clowney the front four would be incredible. And if Manuel and his young WRs all take a step forward this team could surprise a lot of people. Or adding Watkins to that WR core could help this team out quite a bit too.

  34. ballboy48 says: Apr 29, 2014 9:57 PM

    Cleveland would probably trade out of 4, if the Bills came knocking. They could grab Mike Evans at #9.

  35. racerx1225 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:03 PM

    They can land Robinson at #5 if they trade with the Raiders.

  36. bal204 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:22 PM

    Ditto.
    Smokescreen.

  37. jc1958cool says: Apr 29, 2014 11:04 PM

    kahlil mack is the guy! should go #1 with out a doubt

  38. sc5000 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:18 PM

    MACK

  39. billsfan1 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:31 PM

    I can easily see the Bills trading up to grab a projected fourth or fifth round pick in their desperate attempt to find the next Colin Capernick or Russell Wilson .

    if you are going to insert a guys name into a comment in an effort to mock a team, perhaps you can spell his name correctly, or else you end up sounding like a douche nozzle

  40. buffalodiehard says: Apr 29, 2014 11:40 PM

    If I was picking 9th in the troll draft I’d package the necessary picks to get up for jpaq, bonerchimp or mackcarrington. The have all the tools to be tools.

  41. Norseman says: Apr 29, 2014 11:45 PM

    The Bills would have to trade at least next year’s 1st round draft pick to move up from #9 to #1 or #2. Most likely other pick(s) too, according to the draft value chart.

    Can’t see that is at all tempting, except maybe for the Texans or Rams.

  42. coonsqualler says: Apr 30, 2014 7:15 AM

    Gonna trade up to 4 with my Brownie’s. We will pick up another quality pick and then pick JOHNNY FOOTBALL at #9.

    Just Sayin’…GO Brownies!

  43. limitfive says: Apr 30, 2014 7:19 AM

    Ain’t gonna happen! It’s a smokescreen!

  44. buddysguys says: Apr 30, 2014 8:21 AM

    QB makes the O line better, So if EJ is better this year the line will be too. Get him playmakers like Watkins Evans or Ebron i dont care how you get them just get them.

  45. getyourownname says: Apr 30, 2014 8:52 AM

    I am sure the names mentioned will be fine players. But a year or two from now, there will be several players who were drafted much lower and who will have shown the same or nearly the same on-field results. Bills need look no further than Alonso to see this.

    It’s rarely beneficial to give up a lot to get the same or modestly better production.

  46. idoubtiwillbother says: Apr 30, 2014 8:57 AM

    It could also be that the guys running the Bills are idiots. Simpler is more likely to be true.

  47. billsmafiaordie says: Apr 30, 2014 8:59 AM

    Wait…so what did Donald have to say about this?

  48. 52lightsxout52 says: Apr 30, 2014 9:03 AM

    Isn’t Sammy Watkins a Buffalo native?

  49. idonttipipaybills says: Apr 30, 2014 10:44 AM

    Sammy s from ft Myers Florida

  50. misteranderson41 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:07 PM

    the fanbase does not need to be teased for 2 weeks at the idea that we’ll draft clowney and watkins, cause guess what, its a smoke screen, and whoever they end up drafting (even if its evans or matthews) will be a new disappointment in a string of disappointments in the past 14 years.

  51. djshnooks says: Apr 30, 2014 4:19 PM

    It’s not for Robinson…

    THEY HAVE CORDY GLENN!!!

  52. steele00 says: May 3, 2014 2:33 PM

    All I can say is WOW. Purge yourself now. I came across this link thru a grantland article and its amazing to me they have any following. As a bills fan thru the tragedy of the 70′s and 80′s and the triunph and heartbreak of the 90′s stop this nonsense right now. The Bills are poxed. A neverending string of horrific dratfs, new coaches, new QB’s, new systems etc. Not watching them since the monday night dallas gift wrapping has been truly cathartic. Nobody and I mean nobody steals defeat from the jaws of victory like the buffalo bills. All of you know this its time to accept it. All you have to do is look at their record against brady and new england. You will always start the season hoping for a wild card. Wow and so many teams have advanced deep or won super bowls as a wild card. Find a reason to like a winner and enjoy the season! I mean the bills would have lost 120-0 against seattle and are light yrs from contending with the top afc teams much less seattle and sf. And btdub if they draft a receiver they are done. I mean megatron is the best ever and lions can’t win. The bills never draft the right guys in the 1st or 2nd round.. There is no rhyme or reason to how they draft or what their identity is.

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