Buffalo Bills trade up to No. 16 and draft Tremaine Edmunds

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The Buffalo Bills made another trade in the first round, this time up from No. 22 to No. 16 to select Tremaine Edmunds, linebacker out of Virginia Tech.

Buffalo Bills fans were split on the decision to draft Josh Allen at No. 7 overall.

The reaction should be a bit better with the team’s second pick, which came after the Bills traded up from No. 22 to No. 16.

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is heading to Buffalo to hopefully serve as a key piece in the defense for years to come.

From his NFL Draft profile on NFL.com:

"“Good luck with your player comp on this one. They don’t come like him. I don’t think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed. You’re better off comping him with a basketball player.” — NFC regional scout"

This pick should go over well with Bills fans. It is a safe and smart pick that brings a player to Buffalo who is ready to dominate from day one.

Edmunds is set to join a defense that already took a major leap forward in 2017. The hope is that the offense will be able to match the level of play given by the defense.

Given this wraps up the Bills’ picks in the first round, grades will be mixed. Edmunds should grade as an “A,” although Allen could bring the overall grade down. But we should all be careful to realize that we at least have to give Allen a chance to prove himself.

I’ll try to stay positive here and focus on the fact the Bills grabbed an impact player at linebacker. Another thing of note is the fact the team traded several picks scheduled for Friday to come away with Edmunds and Allen. If both are starters for years to come, no one will care. If not, this could haunt the duo of McBeane.

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Time will tell, but Edmunds projects to be a great player for the Bills.