The Bills did the best thing any team could do in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Buffalo swung a deal with the Chiefs to drop from 10th overall to 27th in the first round. In return, Buffalo acquired a late third round pick this year (91st overall) and Kansas City’s first round pick next year.
With the 27th pick and the first of the Sean McDermott era, the Bills appropriately went defense.
Buffalo selected cornerback Tre’Davious White out of LSU.
He’s described as solid and steady. He’s also a quality character guy.
White could have been drafted in 2016, but returned to become the first in his family with a college degree.
He also wore number 18 at LSU, traditionally given to a player of high character and work ethic.
It sounds exactly like a Sean McDermott pick.
“A solid person, a solid football player,” McDermott said. “He’s versatile – he plays inside, he plays outside, he’s also a returner in terms of the special teams value – so we feel good about it..”
White said he didn’t know the Bills had interest until they called him. He likes that there’s already an LSU “legend” in the Bills locker room: Kyle Williams.
“I feel like with the type of guy I am, I can fit in that locker room great,” White said.
The trade is a fantastic move for the Bills. They add a day two pick in a draft where many feel impact players can be had deep into rounds three and four.
Maybe more importantly, Buffalo now has two first round picks for 2018.
McDermott swung the deal with his former boss in Philadelphia–Andy Reid.
“You feel the trust factor is there,” McDermott said. “That did help facilitate the trade.” McDermott also credited Doug Whaley as did Chiefs GM John Dorsey. He told Chiefs reporter BJ Kissel that days of talks with Whaley helped make the deal happen.
The Chiefs chose quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the tenth pick.
McDermott sidestepped a question about reports that the Bills scouting staff could be gutted right after the draft. It’s a move that would also endanger Whaley’s position with the franchise.
“I am absolutely, 110% focused on what is going on right now upstairs with the rest of the first round, and then the second and third round. That’s what’s in front of us right now,” McDermott said. “If we were focused on anything else, we’d be making a mistake.”
All in all, the first round could not have gone much better for the Bills. They filled a need and added two premium picks over the next two drafts.
“I feel good about it but not satisfied,” McDermott said. “We’re looking to put this organization in best position to be successful.”
The Bills will continue the draft Friday with, now, three picks on day two. Buffalo has the 44th overall pick in round two, plus picks #75 and #91 in round three.