Coming into the 2017 NFL season, it was assumed by many that the new Buffalo Bills regime would spend the year evaluating their roster and purging it of any players that don’t factor into the team’s future. Although the team is in contention, that still appears to be the plan for Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott. The roster turnover implemented by both men has been staggering; players have left in free agency, been cut, or traded left and right. What am I thankful for? The extra draft ammunition that resulted from these moves, allowing the team a chance to replace all of those discarded players.
As it stands today, the Bills are projected to have the two first-round draft picks, two second-round picks, a third-round pick, a fourth-round pick, and, likely, two fifth-round picks in the 2018 NFL draft. Those picks assure the Bills not only some great prospects, but the flexibility to move up or down the draft board. This is important because the Bills have a ton of needs, including defensive tackle, guard, linebacker, and quarterback, a position that may require the team to trade up if they want to draft “their guy.”
Despite the all the current turmoil, Bills fans should rest a bit easier knowing that the Bills have a chance to set themselves up quite well over the long-term thanks to all those draft picks. The value is in the quantity, just like most Thanksgiving tables.