Bills Trade Up Twice In First Round
The player the Buffalo Bills have tabbed to be their franchise quarterback is Josh Allen. And apparently the Bills were so sold on him that they were willing to trade two second round picks to get him. At Thursday night's NFL Draft the Bills moved up five spots, swapping first round picks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the right to draft Allen. It's the highest the Bills have ever drafted a quarterback.
The Bills gave the Buccaneers their 12th overall pick plus two second-rounders, the 53rd and 56th overall picks. The Bills picked up a 7th rounder from the Bucs, the 255th overall pick.
Allen is 6-foot-5, 233 pounds. He has a strong arm, but has some timing and accuracy issues and likely will be a bit of a project. General Manger Brandon Beane said Allen is a Buffalo guy. He's played in snow, rain and wind so playing in Buffalo won't be anything new to him. I fully expect that he'll sit the 2018 season while AJ McCarron gets the starting nod for the Bills.
An issue that came to light this week were racially insensitive comments that Allen tweeted out when he was in high school. General manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott said it was something they looked into and was a serious concern. It's something the team doesn't tolerate and they were satisfied with his response to it, concluding they were the comments of a teenager and he'll have to deal with it when he comes to Buffalo, something he'll have to earn the trust and respect of this teammates when he comes in.
A short time after the trade to acquire Allen, the Bills pulled off another trade with the Baltimore Ravens giving up their own 22nd overall pick and their 3rd round pick, 65th overall to move up to the 16th overall spot to acquire linebacker Jermaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech.
Edmunds is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and was a finalist for the Jim Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in college football. He led the Hokies in tackles with 109 last season. He's only 19 years old. He'll turn 20 next month.