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.

52 responses to “More talk that the Bills want to trade up

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

    Mike Evans is the most likely target.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 .

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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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