Bills have a bounty of 2018 draft picks

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The Bills have a new G.M. in Brandon Beane and a new coach in Sean McDermott, and they have a clear plan for how to built their roster: Acquire extra picks, and build through the draft.

After trading down in the first round of this year’s draft and trading away Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby yesterday, the Bills have more firepower in the 2018 draft than any other team: Buffalo has six picks in the first three rounds, including three of its own, the Chiefs’ first-round pick, the Rams’ second-round pick and the Eagles’ third-round pick.

That’s the same strategy the Browns used to build their roster, trading away assets to acquire extra picks. It’s too soon to tell whether that’s going to work for the Browns, but the Bills must think it’s a winning philosophy in the long term.

Although the Bills say they aren’t throwing in the towel on this season, their trades make clear that they’re looking to build through the 2018 draft. Buffalo probably won’t be very good this year, but the Bills think they’re going to add a lot of talent next year.

47 responses to “Bills have a bounty of 2018 draft picks

  1. The Browns also have 6 picks in the first 3 rounds of the 2018 draft: Their own 1, 2, and 3, plus Houston’s 1 for Deshaun Watson, Houston’s 2 for Brock Osweiler, and Philly’s 2 for Carson Wentz.

    1,1,2,2,2,3

  2. The Bill and the Jets are wisely punting on the remainder of the Tom Brady era in New England. He is likely done in three years, so why not build towards an era where they have a chance to actually win the AFC East?

  3. Wow… Jets and Bills are tanking and Miami lost their starting QB and brought in Cutler. Seems like team’s in the AFC East are going out of their way to make the regular season a cake walk for the Patriots.

  4. The Bills are doing things right now. They made a huge mistake when they brought in Rex Ryan and his brother Rob. Those two should only be signed to make another Dumb and Dumber movie.
    If they stay the course, they should be a good team again very soon.

  5. and they will draft bust after bust like they always do, thats how a team doesn’t make the playoffs for decades and has never won a SB and never will win a SB and will end up playing in Canada eventually. Terrible owners and terrible management and a fan base that’s obese and uneducated and full of alcoholics. at least Cleveland is trying.

  6. Next to go at year’s end? Band-aid QB Tyrod Taylor.
    Anyone with a brain can see there is no hope of Tyrod being the type of accurate passer it takes to compete with the firepower of New England. Nate Peterman may be a definite prospect, but no chance they ruin him by throwing Nate to the wolves.

    This is all about landing a pocket passing and very accurate Quarterback for the future. Now Buffalo has accumulated the kings ransom it will take to move up, WITHOUT costing a normal draft haul.

  7. Correction, they have more firepower than any other team except Cleveland. The Browns have six picks in the first three rounds as well (two firsts, three seconds, and their own third).

  8. You can draft them but you still gotta coach them. Look at the Jaguars and their recent spate of top 5 picks. Between bad luck and bad coaching, they are still coming out of a 3-13 hole.

  9. First, they didn’t trade out of, they traded back in the first round (and got what seems to be a starting CB)

    Second, they aren’t drafting 6 guys with these picks. They are getting the picks to trade 4 of them to get the QB they want at top of the draft.

  10. That’s the exact approach the Bills should take. Find a winning organization like the Browns and emulate their approach. It’s hard to argue with success. Here’s to 19 years and counting without making the playoffs Buffalo!!!

  11. Bounty???? Won’t use of that word trigger an investigation by the NFL??? Ask the Saints. The word “bounty” should never be used in reference to a football team. Poor Buffalo,the wrath of Roger is about to rain down on you guys because you have a “bounty of draft picks.”

  12. I don’t get that people think this is a tank move. You get a starting wr with some great stats, a starting cb, a 2nd rounder and a 3rd rounder for a guy who has already tweeted out that NFL players are underpaid – can you imagine what he’s going to want for a contract? Even though he’s hardly played the least few years with foot injuries? And Darby did fine here, but he did struggle he wasn’t a superstar by any means.
    This was a great move by Beane and shouldn’t change anything in the Bills 2017 predictions.

  13. I’m not understanding all of the “logic” some sports reporters are using in saying the bills are tanking.The run game will still be good, they actually have more quality targets to throw to with the additions via draft, FA, and current trade. Defensively there are a lot of questions. The secondary is essentially a total overhaul, the line backing corps has some questions, but the D-line is solid. I don’t see how they finish any worse than last year barring a major injury on the offensive side of the ball.

  14. Building through the draft, and winning, requires someone who knows how to evaluate talent. The new trend is to accumulate a lot of picks. So instead of hiring good scouts, teams are gathering more darts. Keep in mind that Tom Brady was a sixth round pick, Joe Montana was the last payer picked in the 3rd round, and Kurt Warner wasn’t even drafted. Now look at the Bills’ depth chart at QB. This team needs to find a good dart thrower before throwing all those expensive darts into the toilet.

  15. I totally agree with buffalo in this direction. They don’t have a proper nucleus to build around.

  16. Bounty you say??? Somebody should get Rog on the phone this demands another multimillion dollar year plus long investigation and expert testimony from Exponent labs and Nambla…

  17. Not sure Buffalo is actually any worse this season after these trades. The receiving core is still substantially better than it was last year. Yes, the potential for it to be very dynamic is gone with Watkins, but that potential hasn’t come to fruition in 3 years, and this group is still solid.

    Darby is a better player than EJ Gaines, but the CB position isn’t as important in this defense as in others and Gaines is a better fit. So that’s basically a wash.

    Maybe the playmaking potential of this team is a little worse but I think they’re still better than last year and not really any worse than before the trades. Add in the draft picks and they’ve been able to stockpile picks to either build the core of the team or get their franchise QB without having to tank like the Browns

  18. I think Anquan Boldon and Jordan Matthews are equal to a healthy Sammy Watkins. The Bills are basically in the same position at WR as they were at the start of camp.

  19. The Bills dont have the most draft picks in the 1st 3 rounds. THey have the same amount as the Browns with the Browns having more in the first 2 rounds. If anything, their assets as of right now are lower than the Browns.

  20. askafeld says:
    August 12, 2017 at 7:17 am
    Wow… Jets and Bills are tanking and Miami lost their starting QB and brought in Cutler. Seems like team’s in the AFC East are going out of their way to make the regular season a cake walk for the Patriots.

    It always is. It has rarely been very competitive.

  21. They stayed about the same at CB, got better at WR (draft pedigree means nothing at this point of Watkins/Matthews careers – Matthews is a better WR), and got draft picks, too. How is that tanking? It’s not tanking; it’s improving.

  22. scutz1972 says:
    August 12, 2017 at 9:41 am
    Smart move. Because stockpiling draft picks has played out so well for the Browns so far.

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    Not going to defend what went on with past Browns picks. But the decision making there has recently gotten noticeably better. It all remains to be seen of course, but at least they dont have everyone laughing at them right from after the draft like times in the past. Remember that the team that reminds the most of the Browns is the old Patriots teams. Thats how much things can change.

  23. “their trades make clear that they’re looking to build through the 2018 draft”

    Isn’t every team looking to build through every draft?

  24. “Remember that the team that reminds the most of the Browns is the old Patriots teams.’

    At least the pre Belichick-Brady Pats made it to 2 Super Bowls even though they lost them. Some of those teams were pretty good, some weren’t that’s for sure.

  25. reddzen says:
    August 12, 2017 at 9:35 am
    askafeld says:
    August 12, 2017 at 7:17 am
    Wow… Jets and Bills are tanking and Miami lost their starting QB and brought in Cutler. Seems like team’s in the AFC East are going out of their way to make the regular season a cake walk for the Patriots.

    It always is. It has rarely been very competitive.
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    You can say that about the Pats vs the entire league. Brady/Belichick have a .789 win % in division and are .762 out of it. When you consider the 2 games on their schedule based on finish are always against AFC division winners that .027 difference is even more negligible than it appears.

  26. That week one game with The Jets is the tank bowl. Knowing the Jets, they will probably pull off the upset and win that game. Sending their fan base in a frenzy.

  27. How is this throwing in the towel? Jordan Matthews has had more production than Sammy and Darby was terrible last year. I like both players still, but it isn’t like they dealt Shady and Tyrod. Sammy has missed multiple games pretty much every year he has played. I wish him the best but it isn’t like he was dominating. I hope Tyrod has a good year with Zay and Boldin and then we keep building next year. It isn’t like we were going to win the AFC East this year but anything we do now is going to be a bonus.

  28. Sammy Watkins came out of that pre-season game gimpy. He already had the training camp scare. Throwing in the towel? Throwing out the trash is more like it. Typical Bills would have been holding their breath all season on him and then lose him for nothing at the end of the season. Traded for starter level talent and a high pick, that’s good business. They won’t be blowing the top off of defenses, but I can already see methodical 10+ play drives due to the types of receiving talent on the roster. However, Zay Jones is no slouch, the kid can run. BTW, how long before Sammy complains about Goof not getting him the ball? You know who I feel for? Robert Woods. Back to playing second fiddle for an all around good dude. To bad we couldn’t have traded Sammy for Woods…

  29. The moves the Bills have made since McDermott and Beane have arrived including trading the #10 pick in this year’s draft for KC’s #1, letting Stefon Gilmore, Robert Woods and Mike Gilislee walk, the trades of Watkins and Darby are by far the smartest things this team has done since 1999.

  30. reddzen says:
    August 12, 2017 at 9:35 am
    askafeld says:
    August 12, 2017 at 7:17 am
    Wow… Jets and Bills are tanking and Miami lost their starting QB and brought in Cutler. Seems like team’s in the AFC East are going out of their way to make the regular season a cake walk for the Patriots.

    It always is. It has rarely been very competitive.

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    At least an AFC East team managed to beat the Patriots last year. Did you see the way the Pats rolled through the AFC North? They even drubbed the Steelers as 2nd time for good measure!

  31. As a Bills fan it is a long time coming. How many years have they “tried” to get to a heroic 8-8. The only way to build is through the draft. We don’t have some exhalted qb to help bring in free agents. It’s the only way now. Patriots have the division like usual. It’s just too bad the Bills don’t have the Pats week 15 or 16. They might have been able to get a free win once New England has home field locked up by week 12.

  32. mclennon99 says:
    August 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    The moves the Bills have made since McDermott and Beane have arrived including trading the #10 pick in this year’s draft for KC’s #1, letting Stefon Gilmore, Robert Woods and Mike Gilislee walk, the trades of Watkins and Darby are by far the smartest things this team has done since 1999.
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    With their cap structure and other needs not franchising Gilmore may have been a smart move but only time will tell. Letting Woods walk was the right call, he’s s nice slot receiver but not for the money LA paid him. Gillislee is a pretty solid back but playing behind McCoy was not going to get the carries to justify paying him. It was your including the trade of the 10 pick rather than selecting Mahomes themselves that made me respond to your post. Mahomes may well end up being the best QB to come out of the ’17 draft. I like Taylor’s heart but he is a placeholder, the Bills had a shot at a possible franchise QB when Mahomes fell to 10 and they should have taken him.

  33. This makes sense. The Bills likely aren’t going to win the division with a dominate Pats team right now. It’s the perfect time to rebuild for the future and hope to have a good team as the Pats begin to decline (Tom/Bill get a divorce). I don’t care much for the Bills but I think this is a smart decision by the management.

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