Thursday, May 8, 2014
Latest NFL draft chatter around Bills
By Mike Rodak
Several reports over the past several weeks have placed the Buffalo Bills among teams interested in trading up as far as No. 1.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Wednesday that the Houston Texans were looking for three first-round picks, plus a second-round pick, in order to move out of the top spot. That meshes with what we've been hearing and what we noted when we swung a deal with the Texans in our NFL Nation mock draft.
It's highly unlikely any team would give up three first-round picks for that top spot, as there isn't an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III available in this draft. Long-time Texans and NFL reporter John McClain reported early this morning that the Texans are now asking for two first-round picks (in 2014 and 2015), as well as second- and third-round picks this season in order to move down.
Of course, the story could be different depending on how far the Texans would be moving down. Perhaps they'd do that deal to move to No. 5 or No. 6, but as far as No. 9, where the Bills currently sit? Perhaps not.
We said Wednesday that it remains unlikely the Bills will trade up as high as No. 1. The likely trigger for any trade-up would be Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins slipping down the board. Otherwise, I'm not sure the Bills pounce.
Here's another name to keep in mind at No. 9: LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Last week, we called him a sleeper pick for the Bills in that spot, and there's been some more chatter this week, including reports from TheMMQB.com's Peter King and WGR550's Joe Buscaglia noting the Bills' interest in Beckham.