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2020 NFL Draft: Could the fourth round be where Buffalo Bills strike a trade?

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Brandon Beane loves trading up the board.

In 2019, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane traded up out of the fourth round and into the third to select tight end Dawson Knox. Could he do the same thing again in 2020, moving up from his fourth-round selection to get another player with a high ceiling who is falling?

The Bills are pretty far down in round 4—pick 128—so they won’t be able to make it up into the third round using just picks from 2020 unless they trade everything. Trading into the top of the fourth round, though, is very doable and with a day to reset following the conclusion of the third round, there could be a player sticking out on their board enough to make the move.

  • Pick 128 (fourth), 188 (sixth), and 201 (sixth) would get Buffalo approximately to pick 111, the fifth pick of the fourth round.
  • Pick 128 (fourth) and pick 167 (fifth) would move Buffalo approximately to pick 112/113, the sixth or seventh pick of the fourth round.
  • Pick 128 (fourth) and pick 188 (sixth) would move Buffalo approximately to pick 117/118, the 11th and 12th picks of the fourth round.
  • Pick 128 (fourth) and pick 201 (sixth) would move Buffalo approximately to pick 120, the 14th pick of the fourth round.
  • Pick 128 (fourth) and pick 239 (seventh) would move Buffalo approximately to pick 125, the 19th pick of the fourth round.

Any of these trades could make sense with the right partner and player. Buffalo isn’t likely to have room to keep all these late-round picks on their roster in the fall, so instead of “throwing away” a pick on a guy who is only going to be on your roster for a few months, use it to move up to get a player you really love.