Inside The Bills

Trade up partner speculation

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2012 – 8:24 am

With the report by NFL Network’s Charley Casserly that the Bills are trying to find a way to move up to land USC OT Matt Kalil, here’s an educated guess as to where they will look to move to get that accomplished.

First and foremost the Bills are unlikely to orchestrate a trade up to try to get Kalil unless he first slips past Minnesota at three. Buffalo would presumably have trade terms worked out beforehand, and if Minnesota slips past the Vikings they pull the trigger on it. But where is the safe place to move up to get Kalil?

Tampa Bay is a likely trade partner at 5. Here’s why.

Cleveland at 4 is unlikely to take an offensive tackle. They have a franchise left tackle in Joe Thomas and their offense desperately need playmakers, which likely means they’ll take Trent Richardson who is arguably the best skill position player in the draft.

St. Louis at 6 however, could take Kalil if he’s on the board. Even though the Rams drafted Jason Smith in the top 3 of the 2009 draft he’s been a disappointment and is their right tackle. Their second round pick in 2010, Rodger Saffold is their current left tackle and average at best. The Rams gave up a league-leading 55 sacks last season. So Kalil is a very realistic choice for the Rams.

That means if Buffalo in fact is trying to move up to land Kalil, the trade partner would have to be Tampa Bay at 5th overall.


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