Merry Draftmas, everyone. The big day is finally here.
The 2018 NFL Draft gets underway at 8 p.m. Television info and other fun facts can be found here. Here are our offensive and defensive player rankings. And don't forget about pre-draft advice from columnists Jerry Sullivan and Bucky Gleason.
But what you really want to know is: Who are the Bills going to take? Jay Skurski predicts the Bills will move up from No. 12 to No. 8 in a deal with the Chicago Bears and select UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
Jay writes: By this point, GM Brandon Beane will probably have more gray hair than he started the draft with. Waiting this long to make a move for a quarterback gives other teams the opportunity to leapfrog the Bills and get their guy. The benefit to waiting, though, is that the cost goes down significantly. To move up four spots, the Bills can keep their second first-round pick. A package of No. 12 and No. 53 in the second round is an overpay according to The Buffalo News’ trade simulator, but even that might not be enough. We’ll say the Bills will also throw in their fourth-round draft pick in 2019. Doing so will be well worth it if Rosen ends up being the team’s first true franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly. He fits the profile of what the Bills seem to want in a quarterback, and the perceived “character” red flags are way overblown.
In keeping No. 22, the Bills could solve two problems by adding Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore, the 2017 Big Ten Receiver of the Year. Despite catching passes from four different quarterbacks, he finished with 80 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns. He also handled kickoff returns for the Terrapins, a need position for the Bills after not re-signing Brandon Tate. Moore would be a much-needed addition to a group of receivers recently named worst in the NFL by analytics website Pro Football Focus. For what it’s worth, he made a pre-draft visit to Orchard Park.
Time for some new faces of the franchise? Skurski writes, "Other than running back LeSean McCoy, how many Bills could the casual NFL fan in other cities name? Any?" He says it's time to change that Thursday night.
The Bills don't need a quarterback for 'Buffalo weather,' local meteorologist says: If you've been reading about the draft, you've probably heard something to the effect of, "Josh Allen is built to throw in the bad weather he'll encounter in Buffalo." That one came from NFL.com. But here's the thing: Buffalo's weather isn't any worse than most other northern NFL cities, according to local meteorologist Kevin O'Neill. The data checks out.
Is it time to hit the jackpot? For perspective on the 2018 draft class, Tim Graham spoke with those who were on the inside of the legendary 1983 quarterback class that hit the jackpot with three Hall of Famers.
QBs give their take on their Bills meeting: Josh Rosen said he'd "love to be in Buffalo" after a "great visit" with the Bills. Josh Allen "really like(s) what they've got going on over there." And Sam Darnold wished he threw better when the Bills met with him.
Path to the Passer series: What does it take to find a franchise quarterback? Review our entire series on finding the Bills' next franchise quarterback.
Terry Pegula said backlash over player protests felt like the NFL was "under assault": The New York Times obtained a recording of the NFL players-and-owners summit from the fall, which was called after President Donald Trump said the league should fire "son of a bitch" players who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, causing even more protests. Pegula was a popular subject of the Times' report. He added that the league's response time felt "like a glacier moving into the ocean."
Bills announce on-sale dates for individual game tickets: ... because who won't want tickets after the Bills' big draft?
The Tim Graham Show: The one and only NFL Draft edition.
Daily Drive Podcast: What's the plan with rookie QB?
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