Who will the Buffalo Bills draft at 50th? Or maybe before? Or maybe after? The ability of NFL teams to exchange resources complicates everything. Guesses about who they’ll add is challenging enough before general managers start trading. The difficulty is especially pronounced for followers of a club that’s acting like they can redeem transactions for points. In LeSean McCoy’s case, it may be true.
Making a deal to move up seems unlikely for the Bills when factoring low urgency and what they’ve already sent away. But it would be a mistake to discount the possibility with a franchise which is now known for an unwillingness to idle. They wouldn’t slip back in as much as they’d burst through into opening night.
Football junkies will spend the next eight days trying to pinpoint where lightning will hit. When following a team who can strike at any moment, forecasting is for amusement purposes only. If time travel is invented this week, don’t go back and tell yourself a year ago that Rex Ryan would be coaching McCoy for the Bills and not Kiko, not to mention the wideout they nabbed at fourth overall. Past You won’t believe your story.
Trading a lot has led to trading even more. Doug Whaley was dealing even before Uncle Terry’s magical checkbook enabled the franchise to be one of the big spenders other teams loathe. It’s nice to be resented. Giving up this year’s top choice for a spectacular wideout last season is the new baseline. Bon Jovi would’ve stayed at nine and added a long snapper. As it stands in this magical reality, the Bills are owned by a family who’s willing to send away accumulated prizes for a shot at even more valuable treasure.
Speculators are flummoxed. Aren’t front offices thinking of fan scenarios? The tendency of team employees to perhaps bend the truth about plans for picks just creates more confusion. Draft observers necessarily make endless assumptions anticipating what every team is thinking. It’s tricky enough to attempt to surmise what might happen even before factoring in trades. Discussing permutations will drive fans crazy, which is why it’s important to treat even the most thoughtful mock drafts as informed hunches. The future is tricky on account of it not having happened yet.
Aggressive gamblers can avoid getting classified as degenerates as long as they’re not wagering for the sake of it. The thrill of a spinning wheel must only be part of the fun. The Bills might not have enough needs to risk a move into opening night. More specifically, it’s tough to name a quarterback who justifies surrendering assets. Management may certainly want to fill in the offensive line or reinforce the defensive one, not to mention how they could stock up in the secondary or at linebacker. But the Bills could add such talent without relinquishing possessions for the privilege of sliding into prime time.
By definition, the team would get a shot at a bigger pool of worthwhile players if they reentered the first round. They just have to remember the question to ask while pondering every transaction: at what cost? The best consumers don’t just pay requested prices.
Don’t bet on the Bills remaining satisfied. Yes, they have already enhanced their roster at many spots. But they have done so through audacious moves. Personalities don’t change with circumstances, which is why it’s fair to expect this team to keep pursuing shakeups. The indefatigable nature of drivenness is the same reason Terry Pegula pursued success in athletics instead of retiring after building his fortune.
The willingness to go for it under the second owner has brought numerous fantastic results, typified by Rex Ryan having a regular Tim Hortons order. It remains remarkable that casual NFL fans can instantly name Buffalo’s coach. Bills backers should take nothing for granted in the best way. Whaley strives to be as unpredictable as the game plan. It seems like the Bills could be fine without a blockbuster deal to choose before the second round. But that may not stop them.