CAPACCIO: Bills continue to make it clear they're going big-game QB hunting at draft

March 12, 2018 - 8:13 pm

Brandon Beane did it again.

In a span of 72 hours, the Buffalo Bills’ general manager traded two players who were clearly not going to be part of the teams’ 2018 plans for valuable assets. And at the same time, got out from under the contracts of those players.

First, on Friday, it was dealing QB Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for the 65th pick in the draft.  Then Monday afternoon, he spun left tackle Cordy Glenn into the 12th overall pick, moving up nine spots from 21.

If collecting two first rounders, two second rounders, and two third rounders weren’t enough to convince you, Monday’s trade of Glenn and the move up to 12 certainly should.  Beane and the Bills are going big-game hunting on April 26, the first night of the 2018 NFL Draft.  Book it.  They’re trying to get as high as they possibly can to select the quarterback they’ve identified as their franchise signal-caller of the future.

It’s clear this has been the plan since draft night last year when, before Beane was hired, head coach Sean McDermott made a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to drop down 17 spots and added an extra first round pick this year.  But just two first round picks was never going to be good enough. It was always going to take more.

Sammy Watkins for an additional second round pick. 

Ronald Darby for another third (traded away for Kelvin Benjamin but replenished with the Taylor deal).

All of that may have been enough to climb really high, but a funny thing happened on the way to the top.  The Bills made the playoffs last year, wound up with a lower first-round pick than many expected and, coupled with the Chiefs’ selection, went into the offseason with picks No. 21 and 22.

Even with those first rounders and the extra four picks in the next two rounds, there was still a problem.  No team is moving from the top three or four down to 21. It just doesn’t happen, almost regardless of the package offered.  The Bills have known this since January. So they’ve had to find a different way to finish off their plan.

As I’ve been stating for two months, that plan would have to involve two separate moves up. The first would have to occur sometime before the draft, getting into the top 10-12 range.  Then the second either happening before the draft or on draft night to ultimately wind up at No. 2 or 3.

Exactly how high and exactly who the Bills want is still a mystery. There are a lot of different theories already out there, but we just don’t know yet.

Heck, at this point, who knows if they might even have designs on the top overall pick? I wouldn’t put it past Beane.

Because if there’s one thing the Bills’ GM has made abundantly clear to everyone now, it’s that he will do whatever it takes to get where he wants to be in late April.

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