The conversation didn't go down like this, but imagine how logical the decision would've been had this been the case.
Sean McDermott to a room filled with Bills scouts: "He played in your back yard and held his pro day in our field house. How did you not notice Khalil Mack was a phenom?"
McDermott: "OK, how did you rank Torell Troup over Rob Gronkowski?"
McDermott: "Russell Wilson? Andy Dalton? The GM likes to trade up, so why not for Derek Carr? Or keep the 2015 first-rounder and take Odell Beckham instead of Sammy Watkins?"
Conspiracy theories aren't necessary for why Buffalo eighty-sixed its scouts. Their inability to identify and/or state a strong enough case to draft better talent was obvious.
The decision merely was another function of the Pegulas experiencing an organized coach with long-range vision compared to the hip-shooters they've employed.
The Bills needed to get through the draft with all the scouting reports they'd compiled. Rather than watch months of research fly out the door, McDermott wisely waited as long as he could.
This is what rebuilding looks like. The Bills finally are doing it.