I'm not going to use this to repeat my opinions on the value of the trade for the team. I've said it plenty in other threads, and there are other posts for that. I'm going to focus on another important aspect that I think we can all agree on however we feel about the trade.
That is draft season itself. As someone who's practically absorbed in the draft from the moment the season ends (and often before) I'm going to to sorely miss having a first round pick. In the discussions and analysis of how the first round will end up, the Bills will be all but irrelevant. Our discussions will be limited to players far enough down that very few people we talk with will have strong opinions.
All our arguing, debating, and the like for trading up, staying put, or trading down, will be tempered by the facts that the actual impact on the team isn't likely to be all that big either way and even on draft day itself we won't have a far less clear picture than we're used to of who's actually going to be there, much less in the months before.
And while we're used to less coverage, expect to be all but completely ignored by any national media throughout the entire draft process. And for any of the stud and blue chip players, we'll know right from that start that nothing short of a miracle would actually give us the slightest chance of seeing Buffalo call their name.
So before we get back to season optimism and hoping the team ends the playoff drought, join me in a moment of silence for all the GM/Community/regular mock drafts, analysis, and night one watching of the actual draft that will only be a fraction as interesting and entertaining next year.