Does this sound familiar? In 2018 the Buffalo Bills traded up and drafted their franchise QB, Josh Allen. The Bills did not plan on him playing this year as they wanted him to develop and learn the pro game. The Bills needed to improve on their offensive line and get receivers for Allen to throw too.
If the Bills want to follow a plan that closely resembles the Rams and the Bears it may look like this. Adding two receivers, two offensive linemen, one cornerback, and trying to trade for a former first-round pick. In the draft, they would select two receivers, one offensive lineman, and a defensive starter.
The Bills already started early with signing lineman Spencer Long. Other linemen the Bills could look at signing include Matt Paradis, Ja’Waun James, Trent Williams, or Daryl Williams. Possible receivers they could sign are Tyrell Williams, Justin Hardy, Devin Funchess, Kevin White, or Jamison Crowder. For their cornerback hole, Bradley Roby or Darqueze Dennard could fit nicely.
For the draft, the Bills have many options. One option is going offensive line first with a player like Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor, then add receivers later in the draft like JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Riley Ridley, Anthony Johnson, or Terry McLaurin. Another plan would be to draft a receiver first like DK Metcalf or Kelvin Harmon, then an offensive line like David Edwards, Chris Lindstrom, or Garrett Bradbury. They could also take the best player available, most likely a defensive player like Brian Burns, Ed Oliver, or Greedy Williams. Then they draft an offensive weapon or offensive lineman.
Finding a trade may be a little more difficult or tricky. There are big names out there in the rumor mill like Antonio Brown, AJ Green, and Patrick Peterson. The issue with the Bills trading for a player is that they would have to fit in with their system.
Clearly, there is a tried and true method for a team with a young QB. The Bills have the cap space and draft capital to make all the moves required. Both Beane and McDermott seem like they will use a smart approach and these plans won’t break the bank or set them behind. The future is bright in Buffalo.