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Buffalo Bills Links, 4/7: Should Buffalo stay at No. 30, trade up, or trade back?

Plus, why Josh Allen is now the undisputed QB king of the AFC East.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has proven himself to be a capable wheeler and dealer when it comes to trading his NFL Draft picks. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we explore what Beane and the Bills should do with their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Should the Bills stand pat and draft the best player available with pick No. 30? Or should Beane be looking to trade the pick, either moving up to get his target or moving back and stockpiling picks? We make the case for each of those scenarios.

We also explore how far the Bills can trade up, relying solely on this year’s draft picks. We discuss Buffalo’s most pressing needs heading into the draft, check out the latest mock drafts from the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks for Buffalo’s first three picks, examine whether the Bills should turn to the draft to bolster their running backs, analyze how quarterback Josh Allen is now the longest-tenured QB in the AFC East, and more!


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This week, we discuss the Buffalo Bills NFL Draft needs and priorities, as well as consider a bunch of trade up options including dealing Pro Bowl linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (which we do not think is a good idea).

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A former Titan but we’ll forgive him.

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Should the Bills pick at No. 30, trade up, or trade down?

Sal Capaccio: Trade or stay? - WGR 550
Should the Buffalo Bills keep pick No. 30 in the 2021 NFL Draft? Should they trade up? Trade down?

Ranking Buffalo’s most pressing draft needs

Bills’ top 5 draft needs: Kwity Paye, Greg Newsome II among potential solutions – The Athletic
Matthew Fairburn and Joe Buscaglia break down how the Bills “have the roster flexibility to go several different ways.” (Subscription required).

Bills Today | Should this position be Buffalo’s priority in the NFL Draft? - BuffaloBills.com
Plus, who is Buffalo’s best draft pick over the last decade?

Mocking Buffalo’s first three draft picks

Jeremiah, Brooks predict the Bills’ first three picks in ‘21 draft - BuffaloBills.com
“NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks predict the Buffalo Bills’ first three picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.”

To draft a running back or not...

NFL draft preview: Bills and running back? Let the arguments begin | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The only way drafting a running back in the first round pays off is if the player turns out to be outstanding – not just good,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Josh Allen is now the longest-tenured QB in the AFC East

Sam Darnold trade shows Josh Allen is king of AFC East - WGR 550
“Josh Allen is now the longest tenured quarterback in the AFC East,” writes Alex Reimer.

Odds and ends

Taron Johnson gets biggest Bills bump in NFL performance bonus system | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Johnson, of course, made two of the biggest plays of the Bills’ season when he returned interceptions for touchdowns against Pittsburgh and Baltimore,” writes Mark Gaughan.

AFC East roster reset: Patriots, Dolphins gunning for Bills; Jets rebuild - NFL.com
Have the Patriots and Dolphins done enough to catch the Buffalo Bills? How are the Jets operating at the outset of the Robert Saleh era? Nick Shook assesses where each AFC East team stands heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bills’ Tre’Davious White on Sam Darnold trade, what QB 49ers should draft - newyorkupstate.com
The Jets traded Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks.