We all realize that the Bills are not going to be playing in the superbowl this up coming year (or the next for that matter), and that Buddy Nix is committed to build through the draft as well as follow through on his vision how to bring the Bills back to relevancy. That being said, I think that Nix's best options are to take a play out of Bill Belichick's playbook, in order to aid the rebuilding process. We have all discussed the possibilites of trading down in the first round to acquire picks, and still end up in good position, but what about using this years picks as bait for next years draft? We could assuredly use the help of a second round pick this year, but i think trying to find a trading partner who is desperate for help this year (the Bears) or someone who lost a lot this year (Arizona, New Orleans), and trading for a 1st rounder next year might be the better option.
Take Belichick's strategy as a case in point. Despite winning the division this year, the Patriots still have the most picks in the first two rounds of the Draft (# 22, 44, 47, 53). He came across pick # 44 and #47 by trading picks for pick the following year. He also traded Richard Seymor last year for a #1 of Oakland's in the first round of the 2011 draft, instead of trading him for, most likely a second round pick in this years draft. To me this is essentially like taking picks from this year's draft and putting them into the bank and letting them accumulate a bit of interest in terms of pick position. This is not only smart when trying to establish a long term plan at remaining good across many years, but it is also smart in terms of rebuilding. The 49er's have two first round draft choices this years by trading their 1st round pick last year to the Panthers for this years first rounder as well as some supplemental picks. I think however that it would unwise to trade this years first round pick, unless a premium trade presents itself (IMHO).
We need more players at more positions than we can possibly fill in one, or even two drafts in this rebuilding process, so why dont we put some of our draft picks in the proverbial bank, and let them accumulate some interest, while letting some of the younger and cheaper players get a chance to prove they have what it takes. I know that this would mean two years in the football dungeon, where the on field product would be abysmal at best, but if Nix is committed to building this team the correct way, I cannot think of a better (or more guaranteed way) to improve our roster down the road, than getting better quality and quantity draft picks next year or the year after.