Beast Mode is alive and well in Seattle. At least the Bills got a better draft pick as a result. (Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE)

Bills Awarded a 2012 5th-Round Draft Pick For the Marshawn Lynch Trade

Well, the Marshawn Lynch trade is looking (slightly) better.

The Bills traded their former first-round pick a few weeks into the 2010 season to the Seattle Seahawks. In return, the Bills received two draft picks – a fourth-round pick in last year’s draft (used on offensive tackle Chris Hairston) and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the upcoming 2012 draft.

Fortunately for the Bills, the NFL has determined that Lynch’s performance for the Seahawks in 2011 was enough to bump that condition draft pick from a sixth-round pick to a fifth-round selection. Lynch rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.

The Lynch trade was a bitter pill Bills fans to swallow. It’s tough to trade a former first-round pick for a couple of lower picks. It’s even tougher to then watch that player thrive in a new city. But it was the right move. The Bills had three excellent running backs, and there just wasn’t room on the roster for all of them. Luckily, Chris Hairston seems like he’ll be a pretty decent tackle, and hopefully the Bills can nab a contributor with this extra fifth-round pick.

The Bills currently have nine picks in the 2012 draft. The Bills will have their standard selection in each round, plus this fifth-round pick and an extra fourth-pick from the Lee Evans trade.

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