The Buffalo Bills only made one draft day trade and received a “C+” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. I was mildly impressed with their trade up strategy.
The Bills moved up two spots in the second round from No. 40 to No. 38 in order to land OT Cody Ford. In return for moving up they traded away No. 158 (5th Rd). In my official role as dictator of Trade Down Island I openly advocate for teams to maximize draft pick value by smartly trading down. The key word is “smartly.” Sometimes it’s okay to trade up. As I state in Article 8 of TDI’s Glorious Constitution, “Picks in Rounds 5-7 rarely yield value, so use these to trade up for studs this year or a better pick next year.” This is exactly what Buffalo did in 2019.
It will be interesting to see over the next several years which players return move value, either Cody Ford as a single player or the combined contributions of both Trayvon Mullen and Michael Jackson. Personally, I think Michael Jackson will be a “thriller” of a pick and when compared to expectations for a fifth rounder will “beat it.” (LAUGH AT YOUR DICTATOR’S PUNS!)
Overall the Bills net trade rating is a +20 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they got back a little more draft value than they traded away. I’m okay with this assessment. Overall, it was a perfectly fine trade up strategy for Buffalo to get their guy this year without giving up any major assets.