On the day of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills did everything they could in order to move up the draft so that they were in a better position to draft the future quarterback of their franchise.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos were on the fence as to whether or not to move out of the fifth overall selection, or stay put and draft either a quarterback or one of the best players still available after the first four picks.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane has recently revealed that he spoke to Broncos' general manager John Elway three times on draft day in order to try and trade Buffalo up to the fifth overall pick.
Beane revealed that he offer Elway a crazy offer to trade the Bills up, as he was prepared to send two first-round picks and one of their second-round picks in order to get the deal done.
He said, according to USA Today Sports: “I felt like, what I shared with (team owners) Terry and Kim (Pegula), is Denver’s our best landing spot. We were closing in on what it would cost. I was good with that.”
The Bills would have traded the 12th and 22nd picks in the first round to the Broncos, along with one of their second-round picks, and in return, Buffalo would receive the fifth overall pick as well as one of Denver’s third rounders.
Beane said: “Literally about 8 o’clock, John calls me and says all right, here’s what we’ll do. We finalized the deal, but it’s contingent on his guy not being there.”
In the end, they managed to agree to a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move up, as Tampa Bay traded their first and seventh-round selections (7th and 255th) to Buffalo in exchange for their first-round selection (12th) and their two second-round selections (53rd and 56th).
The Bills were happy as they were able to use the seventh overall pick to draft Josh Allen, who they will hope will be their franchise quarterback for many years to come.
As for the Broncos, they stayed in the fifth overall selection and used it to take Bradley Chubb, who was one of the best players available at the time. It goes to show how much the team values Chubb at such an early stage since they turned down two first rounders to stay put to draft him.
However, only time will tell if Elway has made the right decision.
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