With the regular season in the books, it’s now time to focus on the playoffs. While the Buffalo Bills’ season didn’t end exactly as planned, with the number 1 seed, it ended just about as perfectly as it could have.
Of course, that’s referring mostly to Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who continues to see positive updates coming each day. With Hamlin recovering and the Bills locked into the no. 2 seed, that’s all the team could ask for at this point.
Along with the playoff seeding being set, the 2023 NFL Draft order is now partially set — at least, the top 18 picks are locked and loaded.
The Bills are projected to end with the no. 30 overall pick by some outlets, which would mean they come up just short of the Super Bowl. But, for now, let’s focus on the rest of the AFC East and the current order.
The Bills shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to a divisional opponent trading up to draft Bryce Young.
Much of the early talk since Sunday has been about the Chicago Bears obtaining the number one overall pick. Most believe they will trade the selection, ultimately to a team that’s going to draft Alabama quarterback Bryce Young.
The Bears figure to have many suitors, but would the Bills have to worry about a future playing against Young within the division?
The New England Patriots currently have Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe on the roster, and if Bill Belichick’s history says anything about it, they won’t rush to go replace either one of them this year. The Patriots should be set at quarterback for the foreseeable future, whether or not you agree that Jones is the answer.
Then, there’s the Miami Dolphins, who are a bit more interesting to think about because of the health of Tua Tagovailoa. Seeing Tua dealing with his second concussion of the season, currently, causes room to wonder. Yet, it’s tough to envision the Dolphins moving up to draft Young even if Tua’s immediate future were to be in doubt.
The only real possibility of an AFC East team moving up for Young would be the New York Jets, who possess the 13th overall pick. Is it possible for them to put a package together for the first overall pick? Sure.
Is it likely? Probably not.
Most rumors, since the Jets appeared ready to move on from Zach Wilson, have the team going after a veteran quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo or Derek Carr.
In a perfect world, the Jets go after an aging veteran and keep Wilson on the roster, creating what should end up being some entertaining training camp updates.
The Bills, meanwhile, won’t have to worry about a future with Bryce Young in the division.