The New York Jets got themselves in great draft position to land their franchise QB when making the trade many thought would be made by AFC East rivals the Buffalo Bills.
Gang Green traded their 1st-round pick (No. 6), along with three second-round picks (two this year and one from next year’s draft) to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 3 pick. As well as switching first-round picks, the Jets essentially gave up one second-round pick per draft position.
The Jets are now in prime position to take one member of a group generally regarded as the best three quarterbacks in the draft (Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Baker Mayfield). The Browns, who hold the No. 1 spot, are rumored to be invested in Darnold, and many draft pundits believe that Mayfield will be taken lower in the first round. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise should John Rosen’s name be called when the no. 3 pick is announced in April.
After breaking their 17-year playoff drought in January, the Bills lost in their wild-card game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after an awful performance from QB Tyrod Taylor. Whether a new signal caller can push them over the hurdle and turn them into Super Bowl contenders remains to be seen. Sites like Sportsbet are offering high odds for the Bills (and bonuses to boot), but those odds could shorten should the team trade up to get the QB they covet.
Bills plans thwarted
The move surprised many in the NFL, who expected that the Bills might make a more suitable trade partner with the Colts, as they owned more draft capital, with two first-round picks. The Colts, it seemed weren’t ready to trade out of the top 10 (the Bills own the No. 12 spot after having traded Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals).
The Bills also traded away Tyrod Taylor to the Bengals for the first pick in the third round. The Bills have been making moves since last April and were the team that many considered most likely to trade up the draft board for their first franchise QB since the legendary Jim Kelly.
No. 2 pick up for grabs?
Bills General Manager Brandon Beane isn’t giving anything away with regards to his next move. One trade rumor that seems to be generating some discussion, however, is a possible deal with the New York Giants. The trade would see the Bills leapfrog the Jets into the No. 2 spot. Beane enjoyed a working relationship with Giants GM Gettleman when they were both at the Carolina Panthers, so it may be that the two teams could do business.
The Giants still have Eli Manning on their roster and may feel comfortable trading down out of the No. 2 position or they may wish to draft his successor this year. If they do trade, they’re in a position to demand a king’s ransom from a QB-needy team like the Bills. Either way, the trade up from the Jets has suddenly made life very interesting for One Bills Drive.