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Friday, April 17, 2009
How the Peters trade could affect the AFC West

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The reported trade of Bills left tackle Jason Peters to Philadelphia on Friday could affect the AFC West in next weekend's draft.

The Eagles will reportedly give up the No. 28 pick in the draft for Peters, leaving them with just one other first-round pick, the 21st. Thus, any idea of Oakland trading the No. 7 pick for the Eagles' two first-round picks is out the window. It was an intriguing idea since a trade would have fit in the draft value chart teams use.

The trade would also give Buffalo the No. 11 and No. 28 picks in the first round. Denver has the No. 12 and No. 18 picks. If both Denver and Buffalo want to move into the top 10, Denver now has tougher competition to move because the Bills have more ammunition. Denver likely won't trade both of its top picks to move up but perhaps Buffalo would.

Also, if Oakland wants to take a left tackle in the second round, it could risk losing a prospect it covets. It wouldn't be a shock if the Bills enter the market for a tackle with the No. 28 pick to replace Peters.