Doug Whaley says Bills unlikely to move up in draft

AP

The Bills made a big move up the draft board last year to get wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the first round, but General Manager Doug Whaley said Monday that such a move is unlikely this time around.

The Watkins deal is a big part of the reason why the Bills are likelier to drop down from the 50th overall pick, their earliest selection this year, than they are to try to get into the mix earlier. Trading for Watkins cost them their first- and fourth-round picks this year, leaving them with two selections in the first four rounds of the draft.

“We’re going to set up our board where we’ll put a demarcation line where if we see guys fall — and we think we have a chance to go up and get, and we would consider it — but I’ll tell you right now, with the lack of ammunition, I would highly, highly doubt that we [trade up],” Whaley said, via ESPN.com. “We’d be more prone to listen to offers to move back from 50 and pick up more picks, but again, I will never say never.”

Ruling out a move in any direction makes no sense at this point in the proceedings, but it’s difficult to see the Bills adding to their two picks in the first two days. Given their lack of picks this year, any move up the order would leave them in a similar position heading into next year’s draft while moving down would given them more selections to round out the depth on their 2015 roster.

8 responses to “Doug Whaley says Bills unlikely to move up in draft

  1. In the long run, it is usually counterproductive to move up in the draft unless you are going for a franchie QB.
    As the old saying goes “You are robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

  2. If the Bills do drop from #50, I don’t see them dropping that much. There are plenty of players available throughout round 2 that teams will have a low first round grade. I can hear it now ” We didn’t believe he would still be available to us at this spot. We had a first round grade on him.”

  3. Bills can find a good cornerback in the second round (starters entering contract year) and a starting left guard in the third. Beyond that, best player available regardless of position. Tight end is especially weak this year and I’m intrigued by the idea of developing a free agent basketball player with Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, and Julius Thomas supporting that idea.

  4. Only way I want to see a trade up is if it’s part of a deal that brings Phil Rivers to Buffalo. But realistically I know that ain’t happenin’.

  5. “iloveagoodnap says:
    Apr 20, 2015 11:14 PM
    Only way I want to see a trade up is if it’s part of a deal that brings Phil Rivers to Buffalo. But realistically I know that ain’t happenin’.”

    How do you see buffalo getting Rivers and moving up?

  6. p2thar says:
    Apr 21, 2015 10:44 AM
    “iloveagoodnap says:
    Apr 20, 2015 11:14 PM
    Only way I want to see a trade up is if it’s part of a deal that brings Phil Rivers to Buffalo. But realistically I know that ain’t happenin’.”

    How do you see buffalo getting Rivers and moving up?
    ………………….
    Buffalo moves up using what they currently have, and leverages what they get via moving up to acquire Rivers. Far fetched, yes. But understanding the concept isn’t rocket science.

    As I said. It’s not happening, but I would love Rivers.

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