2018 NFL Draft: Bills trade up for QB Josh Allen, sending Bucs two second-round picks
The Bills got their quarterback and it didn't cost that much to do it
The Buffalo Bills got their man, and they actually had options of Joshes to take when they traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a deal that ultimately did not cost them a ton of picks to pull off and looks like good value to land Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane did a nice job of maneuvering around, adding an extra first-round pick from the Chiefs last year as well as getting an extra second-round pick from the Rams in a deal for Sammy Watkins before the season.
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The Bills did not have to surrender their second first-round pick (No. 22) but did give up two second-round picks (No. 53 and No. 56) in order to make the move up with the Bucs, who slide down to No. 12.
For Bucs GM Jason Licht, this is a fantastic deal, as he lands two premium second-round picks in exchange for moving down five spots. For the Bills, they get their man, a big-armed, physical specimen who can whip the ball deep.
Allen isn't perfectly set up to step in and play well right away, though, who had him as a top-rated quarterback in the draft. Regardless, he has a lot of work to do on his accuracy.
Pete Prisco: They get the best QB in the draft and they had to go make the move to get him. Love the trade, love the pick.
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The quarterback also battled a little scrutiny on draft day,. Allen has since apologized for the tweets and taken ownership of the tweets, noting things were said when he was in high school that he regrets.
But the bottom line is this: If the Bills are right and Allen is a stud, they have landed a franchise quarterback of the future and are on the right path under new leadership, and they did it without sacrificing an extra or future first-round pick.
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