On Halloween, minutes before the trade deadline, the Buffalo Bills pulled off a blockbuster trade. In an exchange with the Carolina Panthers, the Bills received former first-round wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin while giving up their third-round pick and a seventh-round pick they received from the Los Angeles Chargers from the Cardale Jones trade. The Bills are still set up for the long term as they have a stockpile of picks early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Buffalo Bills 2018 NFL Draft picks
|1||Buffalo Bills' original pick|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs pick, acquired during 2017 NFL Draft|
|2||Buffalo Bills' original pick|
|2||Los Angeles Rams pick, acquired in Sammy Watkins trade|
|xxx||Buffalo's 3rd round selection traded away as part of the Benjamin deal|
|3||Philadelphia Eagles pick, acquired in Ronald Darby trade|
|4||Buffalo Bills' original pick|
|5||Buffalo Bills' original pick|
|6 conditional||Jaguars pick, acquired in Marcell Dareus trade, moves to 5th if JAX makes playoffs|
|xxx||Buffalo's 6th round selection was traded away as part of the Watkins deal|
|7||Bills' original pick may be forfeited as part of Larentee McCray trade|
|xxx||L.A. Chargers' pick acquired in trade for Cardale Jones, traded away as part of Benjamin deal|
Interestingly, the pick acquired for Jones was conditional which means Jones and the Chargers must have already met the condition for the Bills to even have the pick to trade. It was probably tied to his appearance on the roster at the beginning of the season but we still don’t know the exact details.
If it wasn't clear before, it should be clear now that the front office is completely sold on ending the drought this year. The Benjamin trade was a big move that can help the offense immensely, including opening things up for Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews.