Buffalo Bills: How the team can still get to the top of the draft
Even though the Colts have already traded back and they have put the Bills in a difficult position, they could be a trade target for Buffalo.
Indianapolis has a very weak roster with plenty of holes. By moving back from No. 3 to No. 6 in the deal with the Jets, the Colts acquired two additional second-round picks this season and another next season. If they are looking to fill even more holes, they could be willing to drop down again to acquire picks.
I can’t see moving up to the sixth pick costing the Bills as much as it would have before. With the Colts pick no longer being top five, the price should be reduced, especially with the Bills now holding 12 and 22 rather than 21 and 22.
With the mini-mock I laid out in the previous slide, no teams are taking a quarterback after the Broncos at No. 5, but between then and the Bills at No. 12, a team could easily jump up and take a quarterback or the Miami Dolphins could elect to take one at No. 11. Waiting at No. 12 for their guy won’t work.
The Bills can offer some of their assets without completely depleting their draft capital this season. They are jumping six picks but will have to not sell the Colts short to make sure they can get up there ahead of another team.
Getting to the Colts seems reasonable if they can’t get inside the top five. They can have their draft still and not touch next year’s picks. However, this could be another piece for a bigger deal.
The Trade: Indianapolis receives No. 12, No. 56, No. 65 / Buffalo receives No. 6 and No. 140
The Pick: Baker Mayfield/QB/Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield is my second favorite quarterback in this class. I love his attitude and his playmaking ability. Missing out on Darnold, Allen, and Rosen, Mayfield becomes the guy and that could be a big get for the Bills. Brian Daboll can fit an offense around Mayfield’s skillset.
What to like about Mayfield is his accuracy and leadership. He can put the ball where it needs to be no matter his platform and he can get it there, with the ability to make any throw. I think he can certainly be the franchise quarterback the team needs and his personality fits the city like a glove. If the Bills get to No. 6 and stay there, Baker Mayfield would be an excellent fit for the team and city.