The NFL draft is bearing down on us, and coverage is heating up about what teams' plans might be.
Via Mike Rodak, Todd McShay reported Tuesday on ESPN Insider (subscription required) that the Buffalo Bills are looking to trade up in the first round of next week's draft. The likely targets of a trade up would be the top prospects at their respective positions.
In another report from The John Murphy Show, former NFL scout Greg Gabriel disagreed with McShay's notion. Gabriel thinks the Bills would have to sacrifice too much in order to move up.
What you have to give up to move into the top three is a king’s ransom. When you look at the trade sheet, they will have to give up a ton of points. Most likely they will have to give up next year’s number one, plus this year’s number one, and probably another couple of picks this year. Buffalo is not in the position to go after one player. They need a lot of good solid football players to help them win. They are still building the program and they are not there yet. I just can’t see Doug (Whaley) doing that.
With the sale of the team looming, the Bills' front office is kind of in a "win now" situation to make a good impression on the new ownership group, whoever that may be. There's no better way to make a good impression than to snag one of the elite players in this year's draft class.
The only way to do that is to move up the board. It's unlikely any of the top-tier players will slip to No. 9, and you never know if other teams will attempt to move up too. With that in mind, let's explore a few of the scenarios for the Bills to jump up the board.