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NFL Draft Buffalo Bills Trade Out Of The 1st Round

Written by on April 26, 2024

Unable to find a trade partner to move up in the NFL draft order and fill the Buffalo Bills’ various needs, particularly at receiver, general manager Brandon Beane settled for the next best thing on Thursday. He traded out of the first round entirely. In completing two deals, the Bills are now on the clock in holding the first pick — 33rd overall — of the second round that opens on Friday night. And Beane made no guarantees whether he might swing yet another deal before it’s Buffalo’s turn to pick. “Our phone’s already ringing. We’ll see what happens with that,” he said. Though acknowledging he made some attempts to move up a few spots in the order, Beane disputed the pre-draft speculation of being interested in making a major splash by saying he didn’t want to part with his second-round pick. “That was all just smoke, to be clear,” Beane said. “But you know me, if there were certain players that fell, we would have gone up. I did not want to give up our 2 (second-round pick) though. It would have had to have been something that made way too much sense for me.” The benefit of trading down was allowing Beane to improve the positioning of his later-round picks, while also gaining a third-rounder (95th overall), which Buffalo traded last year in a mid-season deal to acquire cornerback Rasul Douglas from Green Bay.

Source: AP News

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