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Should the Buffalo Bills Trade Up in 2014 NFL Draft?

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

If the Buffalo Bills are looking to trade up to the No. 1 spot in this year’s NFL Draft, it might because of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After trading out of the top 10 in last year’s NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills might be looking to move up this year.

At least that’s what longtime NFL reporter Dan Pompei is hearing. In this week’s “Read Option” column for Bleacher Report, Pompei wrote that the Houston Texans are “trying hard to deal the first pick in the draft,” and that “they might have a trade partner in the Bills, who appear interested in moving up.”

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Why Teddy Bridgewater Is The Favorite To Go No. 1 Overall in 2014 NFL Draft

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

The 2014 NFL Draft projects to have a star quarterback prospect in Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a rare caliber of NFL draft prospect. He was highly touted as the No. 1 player in his high school recruiting class, and his development over his freshman and sophomore seasons project him as a player who can immediately become an elite defensive player in the NFL.

Yet although Clowney may be a “once-in-a-generation” defensive prospect, that does not necessarily make him the favorite to be the No. 1 overall selection.

While one can certainly debate who the best player is in the 2014 NFL draft, there is little doubt that the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. A top-tier quarterback holds more value than even the most elite of prospects on either side of the ball, including defensive superstars.

In the 2013 NFL Draft, Clowney would have been the clear-cut No. 1 overall prospect months before the proceedings even began. In a class without an elite quarterback prospect — or elite prospect at any position — the Kansas City Chiefs would have made a mistake in drafting anyone other than Clowney if he was draft-eligible.

The 2014 NFL draft class, however, does project to have an elite quarterback prospect: Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater.

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