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2018 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills following Philadelphia Eagles blueprint for quarterback trade up

The Bills are following the Philadelphia Eagles footsteps from 2016.

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The Buffalo Bills traded Cordy Glenn and the 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the the 12th overall pick on Monday. After trading Tyrod Taylor over the weekend, the Bills are almost a lock to take one of the top quarterbacks in this years class. The Philadelphia Eagles made similar moves in the 2016 NFL Draft when double-trading to get the second overall pick to take Carson Wentz.

The Eagles had earned the 13th overall pick at the end of the regular season. The first trade they made was with the Miami Dolphins, sending Byron Maxwell and former Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso, along with swapping first round picks to bring them up to the eight spot. Eventually, the Eagles made a trade with the Cleveland Browns to select Carson Wentz second overall. Philadelphia gave up their first-, third-, and fourth-round pick of that year, a first-round pick in 2017 and a second round-pick in this year’s draft. The Eagles received the second overall pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick in exchange.

With free agency officially opening Wednesday and the draft just over a month away, a move to get into the top five seems imminent within the next few weeks.