Number 1: Midseason acquisitions can work out
It is no secret, that the Los Angeles Rams are not afraid to trade draft picks as they have traded first round picks for a few years now. They are set to go seven straight years without a pick in the opening round of the NFL Draft.
However, one thing that was notable this year was the Los Angeles Rams ability to add difference makers during the season. The first big move was trading with the Denver Broncos for pass rusher Von Miller, which was for a second and third round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
These were certainly valuable picks but Von Miller would go on to have two sacks in the Super Bowl and four total sacks in the playoffs.
The other move was signing wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and while it didn’t cost them any picks, it certainly came with some risk. He had struggled with the Cleveland Browns and at the time it wasn’t clear what his role might be.
The move ended up paying big dividends because wide receiver Robert Woods would suffer a season-ending knee injury shortly after. Odell Beckham Jr. stepped into the starting lineup and played very well and as noted previously, the offense drastically changed once he left the game on Sunday.
Every season, difference makers become available, either in trade or as free agents, and the Buffalo Bills should be more aggressive when those opportunities present themselves.