If one thing has been made apparent, it’s that the Buffalo Bills have their eyes firmly on landing themselves a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. In trading down their No. 8 overall pick of the first round with the St. Louis Rams they have given themselves the opportunity to do just that.
St. Louis had coveted West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin for some time and in trading up with the Bills they earned the opportunity to select him high in the first round before he could fall any farther and the risk continued to increase that he would be off of the board before either their established No. 16 pick or the 22nd pick they earned in a previous trade with the Washington Redskins.
It’s a smart decision for Buffalo who will need a quarterback who can immediately step in and make an impact with the departure of Ryan Fitzgerald. The quarterback selected will presumably be either Syracuse Orange star Ryan Nassib or West Virginia’s Geno Smith, who my most projections should both be available at the No. 16 slot.
In scoring Tavon Austin, the Rams have a playmaker of the highest caliber on their hands to team up with Sam Bradford who has been in need of a big play receiver for some time now to pair with the consistent hands of Danny Amendola in the slot.
On the surface, this trade looks like a win-win for both teams, allowing them to each get what they desperately needed in a 2013 NFL Draft that isn’t lacking in depth, but is a little light in star power.
It’s certainly a win for the Bills who weren’t ready to pay any quarterback the money required of a top 10 pick, but still needed to maintain the leverage to stay in the first round and get done what needed to get done.
For more information on Tavon Austin check out his 2013 NFL Draft Profile here!