This is how the Buffalo Bills trade for Stefon Diggs compares to other recent trades for top wide receivers in the NFL.
After the Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals earlier this offseason, the Buffalo Bills appeared to have overpaid in their trade with the Minnesota Vikings for Stefon Diggs.
However, that may not be the case.
The trade for Stefon Diggs included the Bills sending their first round pick this year (22nd overall), as well as a 2020 fifth-round pick, a 2020 sixth-round pick and a fourth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In return, the Bills received wide receiver Stefon Diggs and a seventh round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Bills had been looking for a top wide receiver for a while now but saw Kelvin Benjamin struggle to replicate anything similar to his rookie season and 2017 second round pick Zay Jones never produce on a consistent level.
The addition of Stefon DIggs now gives Josh Allen that go-to receiver but a player like Diggs also should free up coverage on players like John Brown, Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox. This is why it makes sense for the Bills to send four draft picks to the Vikings for this caliber of player.
To determine if the Bills made a good deal, we compared compensation of trades that included top wide receivers over the past three years, along with the production of the players and their contracts at the time of the deal.