The NFL draft is still six days away, but the Buffalo Bills are already making a splash with rumors that they’re looking to trade up.
The Bills have reportedly been looking at moving up higher in the top 10 — they currently have the No. 9 pick — and take a high impact player.
“I’ve heard from three league sources in the past week that the Bills are trying to trade up,” wrote ESPN’s Tood McShay.
McShay said the Bills are looking at South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson, or Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
If the NFL draft rumors turn out to be true, it would mean the Buffalo Bills are shifting to “win now” mode after missing the playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons. Despite a 6-10 finish last year, the Bills appeared to be close to contending and either of those players could put them over the top.
With Watkins, the Bills would be giving second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel a playmaking target, adding firepower to an offense that struggled at times. Robinson would also add protection for Manuel and the Bills rushing attack, which was No. 2 in the league last season.
Clowney would be an interesting selection. The Bills already have arguably the best defensive line in the NFL, with Mario Williams, Marcel Dareus, and Kyle Williams, but the addition of Clowney would cause unimaginable trouble for Tom Brady and the rest of their AFC East foes.
But the NFL draft rumors surrounding the Buffalo Bills could just be hot air. The team’s new general manager, Doug Whaley, said in a pre-draft conference that he knows he can use the media to his advantage, so the rumors about moving up could just be a screen for the team’s true intentions.