No, the Buffalo Bills did not make a bold move up the NFL draft board Thursday night.
That possibility had social media buzzing after it was speculated before the start of the draft that the team might have a potential deal in place with the AFC East rival New York Jets for the third overall pick, with the expected target being Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.
Instead, the Jets took Williams, and the Bills stuck with the ninth overall selection, eventually using it on Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. General Manager Brandon Beane, who’s never been shy about making a deal, addressed the possibility.
“Yeah, as we always do, there was a lot of exploring in front of us, some of it you’re also trying to figure out what people are going to do,” he said. “That report was played up much higher than it was. There was never any exchange of compensation or anything like that. That’s when, to me, you’re getting serious on a trade if you start talking parameters of what it’s going to take to move up and move back.”
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan told New York reporters, “There was never a deal we felt good moving back from. We’re very happy with the player that was available.”
Beane said he also felt comfortable staying at nine and not deeply exploring trade-down options.
“I realized really this week that nine was going to be a very valuable spot,” he said. “Denver could have potentially been in the market for a quarterback, I think right after we picked Pittsburgh traded up. There was a lot of action either way that you could’ve done, but we were set that if there was a guy there that we felt worthy of the pick, that we were going to take that and not chance losing him.”