Regardless of what they do with the ninth overall selection, there’s also the possibility of trading back into the first round later. Last year, general manager Brandon Beane had two first rounders to play with. He started draft night with picks 12 and 22. He traded up twice, finishing the night selecting seventh and 16th overall, coming away with quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
Will the Bills walk away from the 2019 draft with two first round players again? It certainly wouldn’t be as easy this time having only one first round choice to play with, but, with 10 picks overall, plus future selections to package, Beane may want to get back into the opening round before Thursday night is complete.
Let’s take a look at the case for and case against doing that:
Also, with all of the additions made over the last month or so, it’s going to be hard for some of the Bills’ late round picks to even make the roster. That’s a good problem to have for any team, but one which may entice Beane to decide he doesn’t need to keep all of those selections and use one or more to package together to move up early. He may be comfortable with only coming out of this draft with seven or eight total players instead of the 10 he’s scheduled to select.