Buffalo Bills: Potential trade packages to move up in the 2018 NFL Draft

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Indianapolis Colts: No. 3 Overall

Possible Connections?

Frank Reich is near and dear in Buffalo’s heart. He was a Bills quarterback from 1985-1994.

Since Josh McDaniels bailed on the Colts head coaching job, Chris Ballard may want to help the Bills get their guy out of spite for the Patriots.

Potential Offer?

Bills Trade: No. 12, 22, 65, 166 overall picks.

Colts Trade: No. 3 overall pick.

(Bills could opt to trade Shaq Lawson due to scheme fit. Also, could keep pick 22 and offer next year’s first-round pick if Colts aren’t firm on their price.)

Why would Indianapolis trade down?

The Colts may opt to trade down because they already have their quarterback, Andrew Luck. His shoulder health will be key in their draft strategy.

Trading down could net some extra security for Luck’s health. They can draft pass catchers and lineman to help him get rid of the ball and avoid unnecessary shots. Those late picks will help them with draft flexibility if they want to move back up to grab a guy.

Defensively, the Colts are a bit of a mess. Staying at No. 3 could net them an elite talent like Bradley Chubb.

Opting to trade down would still offer them a chance to draft a stud linebacker and pass rusher in this year’s draft class. Marcus Davenport and Leighton Vander Esch would give their front seven a added boost at picks No. 12 and No. 22.

Likelihood of happening? 40%

I believe this is the right move to make. The Bills will keep both of their second-round picks while getting their quarterback at three. It is the dream scenario.

The Colts could value having two first-round picks. They will need as many picks as possible to catch up with the Texans, Titans and Jaguars.