The Buffalo Bills have Josh Allen, who is an elite NFL quarterback. Buffalo drafted Allen in the first round, but it’s more about how they did it than anything and the circumstances around their team while doing it.
The Bills went 9-7 in 2017, making the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Bills lost in the wild-card round, only scoring three points. Their starting quarterback was Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor ended the year with an 8-6 record, 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. He also added 427 yards and four scores on the ground. Interestingly enough, Tagovailoa had eerily similar stats this season, throwing for only 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. Tagovailoa also added 128 yards in the ground and three rushing scores.
Buffalo was able to make the playoffs in 2017 with Taylor starting for them and playing similar football to Tagovailoa, and do you know what they did in the offseason?
Josh Allen No Matter What.
Buffalo knew their quarterback wasn’t the guy, and they did everything they could to get the guy.
First, they traded starting tackle Cordy Glenn, a 2018 first-round pick (No. 21), and a 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 158) to the Cincinnati Bengals for a 2018 first-round pick (No. 12). Then they traded the 2018 first-round pick (No. 12) and two 2018 second-round picks (No. 53 and 56) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick (No. 7.)
With the No. 7 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills selected to change their franchise for the better instead of accepting the mediocrity they had at quarterback.
Next up is the Kansas City Chiefs.