Sean McDermott on trading Patrick Mahomes pick: Both teams fared awfully well

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The Bills had the No. 10 pick in the 2017 draft, but they opted to trade it to the Chiefs in exchange for the No. 27 pick, a third-round pick, and a 2018 first-round pick.

Patrick Mahomes became the 10th pick and trading away a pick that turned into a player who has won MVP and Super Bowl MVP would usually be seen as a bad moment for an NFL team. The Bills’ role in that deal hasn’t led to much scorn, however, and what they did with the picks has something to do with that.

They took cornerback Tre'Davious White with the 27th overall pick in 2017 and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the 2018 first-rounder while also landing left tackle Dion Dawkins after other trades involving the third-round pick they acquired in the deal. Quarterback Josh Allen wasn’t acquired with a pick from that deal, but head coach Sean McDermott still mentioned him while saying things worked out for both sides.

“They got a good player in Patrick, and I think we made out as well with Josh, Tremaine and Tre’Davious — however you kind of shape that, in terms of picks that became picks,” McDermott said, via Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com. “I think both teams fared awfully well.”

Knowing how things would turn out for Mahomes in the NFL, the Bills might do something different with the benefit of a time machine but a win this Sunday would make that a more difficult decision.

26 responses to “Sean McDermott on trading Patrick Mahomes pick: Both teams fared awfully well

  1. Eh, you can’t do this with the what if’s, the draft is a crapshoot. And if KC didn’t select Mahomes with the pick? And who knows if the Bills select Mahomes with the 10th pick anyhow, it’s not like a an auction draft where the Bills passed when Mahomes was on the board.

    KC nailed the pick.

    Bills nailed theirs too

  2. The fact that Mahomes was the 10th pick over all tells you that he was highly respected as a player but no one foresaw how good he would really become as a pro so all this retrospect is nothing more than that, retrospect…

  3. Buffalo is making good decisions on draft day and free agency. The most important player is the QB, and they hit that one out of the park. Buffalo is where they are because of how well they’ve run their personnel operation. Babe Ruth is a HOF baseball player. He had a few strikeouts, but we remember the world championships and the home runs.

  4. Why don’t sports analysts realize most of players success is due to scheme and coaching…he wouldn’t be the same player in Buffalo.

  5. The Bills became a good team by drafting well.
    10 other teams passed on Mahomes, it’s not like the Bills were crazy. If Mahomes was just so-so or a bust then the Bills are geniuses.

  6. Mahomes is probably the best QB in football, but at the time that was still an unknown and the Bills were no where ready to surround him with talent. Plopping him in that lineup as opposed to KC’s much better situation would have lead to vastly different outcomes. Hard to argue against Beane and his buildout despite trading away the pick. A rare work for both teams – now Allen has to prove it in the big game, head to head. Hopefully one of many future battles

  7. Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda… stupid discussion.
    NOBODY knew that Mahomes would end up being other-worldly.

    The decision at the time with the data they had was more than a wise decision.

  8. He and beane had just came on board. The entire front office going through change. Of course in hindsight we can say they made a mistake but the bills did parlay that pick into multiple high quality starters. I don’t know if I’d say it’s a wash bc mahomes is great but the bills did pretty damn well for themselves

    Had this coach and GM been in the team the year before they may have taken him but they quite possibly hasn’t had enough time to sift through him and you want to be sure at the ten spot for that position.

    Again, chiefs for the better of the deal bc how good he is and it’s the qb spot but the bills did ok for themselves with multiple picks

  9. Although no one knew the potential of Mahomes at the time, we are now seeing the fruits of that trade from Buffalo..a team left in the dumpster by the former regime, with McDermott and Beane putting the foundation together with that trade. Both won, and won big…

    The true focus of that trade shouldn’t be on Buffalo, but rather Chicago, and every other team that passed up on Mahomes with NOTHING to show for it.

  10. Its like saying the dude who won the jackpot in the lotto and the dude who won $20 both did well. Technically true but worlds of difference between the two.

  11. Mahomes would have struggled with the 2017 Bills who had an offensive roster lacking talent and a questionable OC in Rick Dennison. Although I didn’t think it was wise to pass up prospects like Mahomes or Watson when the Bills had a starting QB (Taylor) with no long-term future, the Bills have done everything possible to acquire a quality QB prospect (Allen), replace Dennison with someone better (Daboll), and surround Allen with high-quality talent.

  12. There is nothing to indicate that Patrick Mahomes would have turned into Patrick Mahomes had he been drafted by Buffalo. JA is the perfect guy to lead the Bills and to wave the flag for the city of Buffalo, not to mention Tre White being an absolute unit of a defensive back. I don’t think anybody in Buffalo in losing sleep over missing out on Mahomes. Like Bill Burr, I mean, Sean McDermott said, it worked out well for both teams.

  13. I’m just glad we passed on Desaun Watson now. Loved him coming out of Clemson, but I don’t want our QB deciding who the front office is.

  14. Mahomes is the first and only QB from the Big 12 to become a superstar in the NFL. So it was a big gamble taking him regardless of how good they thought he’d be. Lots of Big 12 QBs fail in the NFL.

  15. These kind of things always make me wonder if a good player would have turned out so well with a different team, or a bad player would have been fine. Would Josh Allen be a stud even with the Jets? Would Mahomes be good even with the Bears? Would Sam Darnold be a stud if he was a Chief?

  16. billsrock says:
    January 20, 2021 at 7:38 am
    The fact that Mahomes was the 10th pick over all tells you that he was highly respected as a player but no one foresaw how good he would really become as a pro so all this retrospect is nothing more than that, retrospect…

    **********

    No one saw Mahomes’s ability except the team that gave an arm and a leg to move up 17 spots in the first round (loudly scorned on these pages at the time – “shoulda taken Watson”) and the GM who called him “the best football player I’ve ever seen.”

  17. bjwbrown2011 says:
    January 20, 2021 at 8:57 am
    Its like saying the dude who won the jackpot in the lotto and the dude who won $20 both did well. Technically true but worlds of difference between the two.

    —————

    You are talking about Trubisky, right? I know you’re not comparing MVP-candidate Josh Allen to a $20 bill

  18. The Bills were not even looking to draft him with that pick. So even if the Bills had kept their pick they would not have taken Mahomes. What then?

  19. All the woulda, coulda means little…

    To be honest – I don’t disagree with Coach McDermott.

    Do I think Patrick Mahomes was a better player than Josh Allen in 2018 and 2019? Heck yes.
    Do I think he would have had the same success if he had been drafted by the Bills in 2017? Heck no.

    Do any of you remember how devoid of talent the 2017 Bills WERE? Look at that receiver room. KELVIN BENJAMIN was the #1 receiver. Kelvin “Oven Mitt” Benjamin!

    The Bills needed more time to rebuild and prepare for their franchise QB. They needed more tools around him, a better team to support him. The extra year let the defense get better.

    It’s kind of a logistics problem. Sometimes you can’t do the “best” move because you don’t have the correct support structure in place for that move at that time. Buffalo DIDN’T have it at the time. They were closer later…

  20. The real loser of the 2017 draft was the Bears. They traded up for Trubisky and passed on both Watson and Mahommes.

  21. And if Brady hadn’t left the division, the Bills wouldn’t be in the playoffs again this year, so they still wouldn’t look all that intelligent for drafting their franchise QB.

  22. The Rare trade that legitimately worked for both teams.

    I am not a Bills fan or Chiefs fan, but I respect both teams.

  23. That draft was prior to them having a GM. Doug Whaley was the figurative GM at the time on his way out, but McDermott was calling the shots in the draft. Gets a call from his buddy Andy Reid and trades down to pick a DB, Tre White. Offensive guy with the QB, Defensive guy with the DB.

    Now if the Bills held that spot and took another player, they probably aren’t playing this Sunday.

  24. chebornek says:
    January 20, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    And if Brady hadn’t left the division, the Bills wouldn’t be in the playoffs again this year, so they still wouldn’t look all that intelligent for drafting their franchise QB.

    You can’t be serious? Brady and that chump lineup wouldn’t have even been in contention. The Bills easily made the playoffs this year, and would have swept them anyways. You’re delusional if you think Brady would have made a difference

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