Inside The Bills

Whaley: open to move up or down draft board

Posted by Chris Brown on April 20, 2016 – 11:40 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley is one who likes to keep his options open when it comes to the opportunity to make a trade with another NFL club during the NFL draft. The case is no different this spring.

In an interview with Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, Whaley said he’s open to making a move up or down the draft board if the right opportunity comes about and the right player is there for the taking.

“I look at it this way, we’ve shown in the past we’re willing to do anything,” said Whaley.

Much has been made of the reports that the Cleveland Browns are looking to move out of the number two overall pick. Whaley didn’t rule out a move from 19 up to 2 if they felt a deal made sense and there was a player worthy.

“If we believe that player is worthy of what we’d have to give up to pick up the number two spot in the draft we’ve shown in the past we’re not averse to doing it,” he said.

Those are some big ifs and the latest reports indicate that Philadelphia at 8th overall is the team working the hardest to broker a deal with Cleveland. Still, armed with a couple of extra compensatory picks in rounds four and six, the Bills feel good about making use of their regular picks if necessary to make a move if they deem it to be a move that will improve their talent pool.

“We do feel comfortable with the two compensatory picks that does give you some flexibility to move up if we see someone that we feel is necessary to make such a move,” said Whaley.

A move down would also seem possible especially if a couple of Buffalo’s anticipated options at 19 are off the board by the time they’re on the clock.

 


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