The Buffalo Bills continued to be aggressive by trading a future conditional pick, and swapping seventh-round picks, with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday to acquire running back Bryce Brown. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)
BBD Editor: Dan Hope
During the Buffalo Bills’ predraft luncheon, general manager Doug Whaley was asked about the concern of the team “mortgaging its future” to be aggressive in this year’s draft.
“Depends on what you mean by mortgaging the future,” Whaley replied. “We give up our whole draft? You’re mortgaging our future. If we give up a second round or a pick next year, again it’s a calculated decision. I would say it all depends on the deal.”
If you read between the lines on that answer, Whaley was clearly thinking about giving up future assets to make moves in this year’s draft.
The Bills made their first “calculated decision” in Round 1 of the draft when they gave up 2015 first- and fourth-round picks to move up from the No. 9 overall pick to the fourth spot and secure Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. They made another during Day 3 of the draft, when they traded a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown.