Let the record show that today, March 28, 2014, 41 days before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, the first crazy draft rumor about the Buffalo Bills surfaced. (That's crazy in scope, not in accuracy or lack thereof, for the record.) It comes via veteran NFL reporter Dan Pompei, who currently works for Bleacher Report.
"Word from the NFL meetings is the Texans are trying hard to deal the first pick in the draft. They want to move down and acquire extra selections. Sources say they might have a trade partner in the Bills, who appear interested in moving up," writes Pompei. "It is unclear who the Bills would want in a trade-up scenario. Some believe they would move up for a quarterback. They also could make good use of an offensive tackle such as Greg Robinson. And it would be something to see them pair Mario Williams with either Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack."
As far as draft rumors go, that one's about as bold as they come.
First thing's first, let's avoid the rabbit hole of trying to figure out which of "trading up to No. 1 overall" and "drafting a quarterback in Round 1 again" is more far-fetched. Those both would be laugh-out-loud, soil-your-drawers moments, and both strike me as exceedingly unlikely to occur.
(Seriously, though: how many more times are we going to have to see national reporters and league insider types do things like link the Bills to Mark Sanchez or connect them to a No. 1 overall quarterback before they just believe the rhetoric coming from Orchard Park that Bills brass stands firmly behind E.J. Manuel? My next violent eye-roll at this type of speculation might leave me permanently disabled.)
It is nonetheless interesting to consider the notion that the Bills want to move up at all - and that is where there may be a degree of truth to what Pompei is hearing. Buffalo has specific needs at tackle and for an elite pass-catcher, and there's a chance the top names won't make it down to the No. 9 overall pick. Pompei mentions Robinson and the two defenders (Clowney and Mack), but the more likely trade-up targets, in my opinion, are Sammy Watkins and possibly even Mike Evans.
What do you think, Bills fans? Are you interested in the idea of Buffalo moving up in the draft, and are you buying in any way that the team might move up to No. 1 targeting a quarterback?