The Bills clearly put themselves in position for another trade up the board for a quarterback and Jason La Canfora believes there is still “ample opportunity” for the Giants and Bills to make a deal, as no one appears to be convinced Buffalo is done wheeling and dealing.
“Brandon is trying like hell to get up and get a quarterback,” a GM tells La Canfora. “I’m convinced he’ll trade up twice more if he has to. It reminds me of (Eagles general manager) Howie (Roseman) a few years ago (when he was moving up to land Carson Wentz).”
Interestingly enough, La Canfora says that the Giants don’t want to drop all the back to No. 12 overall, which is where the Bills are currently sitting. However, if Buffalo could swing a deal with a team like the Broncos for No. 5 overall, they could then start working a separate deal with the Giants to move ahead of the Jets and take the next best available quarterback.
“If Beane gets the five, I know he can get to two,” said a GM who has been in contact with Bills GM Brandon Beane.
Should the cost to get up to No. 2 overall prove to be too high for the Bills, La Canfora mentions that a fallback option could be to move to No. 4 or No. 5 overall with either the Browns or Broncos for the fourth-best quarterback prospect.
- According to Peter King, it would likely require three first-round picks from the Bills for them to move up to No. 2 overall with the Giants. King says this would include No. 12 and No. 22 overall this year along with the Bills’ 2019 first-round pick.
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the criticism of his ability to evaluate quarterbacks “doesn’t faze [him]” and they’re confident about where they sit at No. 3 overall.
“It doesn’t faze me,” Maccagnan said of the criticism, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “It’s the college draft. [There are] guys you’ll hit on and guys who don’t pan out. That’s part of the process. We feel pretty confident with this year’s group and where we’re situated.”
Maccagnan explained what while he doesn’t like to part with the kind of draft capital it cost him to move up to No. 3 overall, this move will still help them in the “bigger scheme of things.”
- Mike Reiss of ESPN takes a look at some players whose development in 2018 will be key for New England.
- Reiss’ list includes DE Deatrich Wise Jr., OL Cole Croston, CB Cyrus Jones, DT Adam Butler, OLB Harvey Langi, OT Antonio Garcia and DE Derek Rivers.