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Buffalo Bills Links, 4/27: Bills linked to trading up for Travis Etienne

Plus, making the case for moving up in the draft and trading down.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we address the national rumor that general manager Brandon Beane is interested in trying to trade up and draft Clemson running back Travis Etienne.

We also make the case for Beane trading up in the draft, trading down in the draft, selecting a running back early in the draft, and whether any of the cornerbacks will be available when Buffalo drafts at No. 30.

We debate what position is Buffalo’s greatest need in the first round, hear why Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari is a popular pick for the Bills at the end of the first round, and explore the latest round of mock drafts to see what direction the Bills might go with their first-round pick.

We rank Buffalo’s needs heading into the draft, go through the history of players drafted at No. 30 to learn about the caliber of prospect available for the Bills to draft, learn how the Bills realized Josh Allen was their franchise quarterback, hear from Beane on why he enjoys the challenge of finding talent on day two of the draft, and more!


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Additional Bills news from around the web

Buffalo rumored to be interested in trading up to draft RB Travis Etienne

Travis Etienne-to-Buffalo picking up steam among national NFL analysts | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The buzz is building regarding the Bills’ reported interest in Clemson running back Travis Etienne,” writes Jay Skurski.

Todd McShay: Bills trying to trade up for Travis Etienne in Round 1 of 2021 NFL Draft - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills were linked to Travis Etienne in MMQB.

McShay: Bills trying to trade up for Travis Etienne - WGR 550
“ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay said on the Ryen Russillo podcast on Monday that he has heard that the Buffalo Bills are looking to trade up in the first round of Thursday night’s 2021 NFL Draft” writes Sal Capaccio.

NFL analyst Charles Davis thinks Bills could go RB - WGR 550
Davis thinks the Bills could pick a running back in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, despite their offensive firepower.

Making the case for trading up and trading down

Bills draft options: The case for trading up, trading down, taking a RB early and more – The Athletic
Should the Bills take a corner in the first round? When should they target a tight end? (Subscription required).

Latest mock draft projections

NFL mock draft: Bills add another mauler to offensive line - WGR 550
“The folks from the Locked On network make their final picks in the Ultimate Mock Draft series while our Audacy experts break down the selections.”

Bills mock draft: How I’d run their board, with an emphasis on cornerback help – The Athletic
“With cornerback and edge rusher among the top needs, here’s how I’d run the Bills’ draft board — including a trade with the Colts,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required)

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Did Brandon Beane give any potential hints of where the Bills will go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

Ranking Buffalo’s biggest draft needs

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“What are the biggest areas of need for the Buffalo Bills entering the NFL draft? We rank them from most pressing to least pressing.”

What history tells us about the caliber of player available at No. 30

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This is the latest the Bills have ever made a pick in the first round. Can they find a player who can help them in 2021?

The moment the Bills knew Josh Allen was their QB

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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane says he was sold on Josh Allen as the team’s franchise quarterback when he kept his dinner date, despite being several hours late.

Odds and ends

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It’s going to be a late night, Bills Mafia.

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For all the mostly stellar work Brandon Beane has done to construct the Buffalo Bills into a Super Bowl contender, he has had his challenges on Day 2 of the NFL draft,” writes Vic Carucci.

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“Former Bills DT Kyle Williams joined One Bills Live and looked back at being drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, shared his advice to those making the jump from the collegiate level to the pros, discussed the team’s current defense and why Buffalo is now a football destination.”

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