As the draft approaches, plenty of teams supposedly want to trade down. And plenty of teams supposedly want to trade up.
The Bills, we’re told, have been burning up the phone lines in an effort to work out a deal that would vault them from No. 9 to No. 1 or No. 2. The targets are believed to be defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and tackle Greg Robinson.
It’s unclear what it would take to get a deal done. With both the Texans and Rams hoping to slide down, the Bills could spark a bidding war for a bargain. Regardless of the cost, it appears that G.M. Doug Whaley, who could have a new boss by the end of the year, hopes to make the team dramatically better, quickly.
Clowney would be installed as the bookend to Mario Williams in Jim Schwartz’s 4-3 defense, giving the Bills a potentially dominant pass rush, especially with Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus creating havoc in the middle.
Robinson, conversely, would instantly help the offense produce more yardage and points in a pass-happy league.Some think the Bills would be willing to dangle receiver Stevie Johnson as part of a trade package, but if the goal is (as it should be) to win now, it wouldn’t make sense to shuffle him out of Buffalo.