The Buffalo Bills undoubtedly made the boldest move of the NFL Draft when they gave up a first- and fourth-round pick in 2015 to flip spots with Cleveland and move up five spots on Thursday.
Buffalo’s front office had Sammy Watkins as the top-rated player in the draft and when he was still on the board at No. 4, second-year general manager Doug Whaley decided to make the move.
It was a steep price to pay, no doubt.
Even if Watkins proves to be a game-changing talent, he will represent two years worth of first rounds for the Bills.
If he doesn’t, heads will roll.
The Bills are for sale and should a move like this prove to be a blunder, Whaley and the rest of the personnel people probably wouldn’t survive the ownership transfer.
The truly frightening part for Bills fans is that with the weapons E.J. Manuel now has at his disposal, this becomes a make-or-break year for the Bills’ second-year quarterback, as well.
If he doesn’t have a big year, Buffalo would likely look for a replacement in next year’s quarterback-rich draft.
But there will be no first-round pick.
Whaley doesn’t really see it as much of a risk. In fact, he doesn’t even think it will be a very good pick when all is said and done.
“We’re building our roster now,” he told the Buffalo News. “Granted, you hate giving up No. 1 picks. But we thought what he brings to us now is worth a low No. 1 that we’ll be giving up next year.”
He does still know that low picks are reserved for teams that make the playoffs, right?