Bills General Manager Brandon Beane traded up twice Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. His trade up for quarterback Josh Allen graded as a significant loss, but his trade up for linebacker Tremaine Edmunds was roughly even, even if the Bills came out slightly behind.
The Bills traded the 22nd and 65th (third-round) overall picks to the Ravens for the 16th and 154th (fifth-round) picks. According to the News' draft pick trading calculator, the Bills came out as slight losers in the trade, though not by a significant margin.
The Jimmy Johnson trade value chart said the Bills gave up the equivalent value of a sixth-round pick in the deal, which isn't much. The performance-based Harvard model agreed that the Bills gave up the value of a sixth-round pick, while the Football Perspective model said it was more like a fourth-rounder, which would make the trade more lopsided.
While the Bills overpaid in the trade up for Allen, especially with QB Josh Rosen still on the board, this appears to be a good trade – especially for a player as highly regarded as Edmunds, who could become the centerpiece of Sean McDermott's defense.
We have sent our 16th and 154th (fifth-rounder) to the Buffalo Bills for their 22nd and 65th (third-rounder).
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 27, 2018