The Buffalo Bills may have found their franchise guy in Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and a future star linebacker in a young Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech. The trade up from #12 to #7 to draft Allen might have been one of the bigger surprises in the first round. The big decision was between Allen and Josh Rosen, both who were still on the board.
The Bills managed to keep the #22 pick in the Josh Allen trade, then eventually traded that pick as part of a package for Edmunds, a stud linebacker who is young and dropped further than most expected.
Even though Allen has been linked as to a potential bust, the pick does make sense for the Bills. Obviously the accuracy problems are a red flag, but Allen has more pros than expected. He’s a big quarterback with great size, big hands, can throw the ball down the field which is something the Bills have not been able to do for many years now.
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A big factor to remember about Allen is that he will have to compete for the starting job with A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman.
With the Edmunds pick, this was a major steal. Edmunds was projected to go into the top ten in many mock drafts. The fact that he dropped to #16, it makes so much sense as to why the Bills traded up again. He’s a perfect fit for Sean McDermott’s defense, he’s going to be only 20 years old entering the season, and he’s a physical player who gives the linebacker core a major upgrade. Edmunds could be here to stay with the Bills for quite sometime.
Even though the Bills traded away multiple picks, they get a hopeful franchise quarterback as well as a young and talented linebacker for years to come.
Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Bills coverage.