Bills GM Brandon Beane Tells Peter King He's Not Ready to Trade Up to Draft a QB

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2018

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  The Buffalo Bills logo stands on the field before the game against the Miami Dolphins on December 24, 2016 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. Miami defeats Buffalo 34-31 in overtime.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane told Peter King of The MMQB that he wasn't ready to commit to moving up in the 2018 NFL draft to select one of this year's talented rookie quarterbacks:

"The truth? Most of these quarterbacks I've only spent 15 minutes with. [At the combine, each team can meet with prospects for a maximum of 15 minutes per player.] I haven't spent enough time to have an opinion about any of them yet, honestly. I actually sent a little note to our [scouts] yesterday. We got six weeks to get our board together. I am not there yet, knowing if we can or will move up again. I want [head coach] Sean [McDermott] to get to know all of them. We're just keeping an open mind. Where we're at, we've got the picks, we've got the draft capital. I'm not ready to pull the trigger."

The Bills have had a busy offseason, trading former starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns and signing quarterback AJ McCarron to a two-year, $10 million deal. They also traded offensive lineman Cordy Glenn and the No. 21 pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the No. 12 pick (Buffalo also dealt a fifth-rounder and acquired a sixth-rounder in the trade).

That gives the Bills the Nos. 12 and 22 picks in the first round and six picks total in the first three rounds. That sort of draft capital would likely allow the Bills to move into the top four or five to select a quarterback.

In what appears to be a strong draft, the Bills could stay put and improve the roster with those picks. But McCarron, a career backup, feels like a bridge starter for the team, not a long-term solution, and this year's crop of quarterbacks is strong at the top. It's hard to imagine the Bills won't seriously discuss moving up in the draft to land a player like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.

Doing so likely will require the Bills to get into the top five. The Browns seem likely to select a quarterback with either the No. 1 or No. 4 pick. The New York Giants are in a unique position to add an elite quarterback prospect to groom for a year under veteran Eli Manning. The New York Jets gave up their first-rounder and three second-rounders to move up to No. 3, the sort of deal you don't see unless a team has a quarterback in its sights.

While the Denver Broncos signed Case Keenum this offseason, they could still be seeking a long-term option at the position with the fifth overall pick.

So if the Bills want one of the top four quarterbacks, they very well may need to trade into the top five. Given how many picks the Jets had to give up three picks, the Bills would face an astronomical cost to move up seven or more spots. For that reason, it isn't surprising Beane isn't ready to make a move yet.

But it's hard to imagine he won't be shopping for one.


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