After a couple of decades of mostly bad drafts, poor cap management and acquiring underachieving free agent talent, the Bills may have finally got it right by hiring ‘McBeane’. Last year we got a taste of what was to come when Sean McDermott’s fingerprints were evident all over the 2017 NFL Draft.
Soon we’ll get a chance to see how similar/dissimilar Brandon Beane is moving up and down the draft board to select players who will fit their character criteria. If recent maneuvers by Beane to acquire cornerback Vontae Davis, running back Chris Ivory and landing the first pick in the third round of the draft are any indication, the ‘McBeane’ era is going to be fun to watch.
Now the Bills have six picks in the first three rounds of the draft and you can bet McDermott and Beane are going to do some serious wheeling and dealing. Whether it results in them trading for quarterback Nick Foles or moving up in the draft and finding a veteran QB in free agency, it will keep BillsMafia guessing.
No where across social media did I even see one suggestion McBeane would land what is essentially a late 2nd round pick for Tyrod Taylor. But then these are the same guys who snapped up a second round pick AND EJ Gaines for wide receiver Sammy Watkins. In one move, they healed the scar from having burned two first round picks for Watkins in the first place.
Thank you, McBeane.
Furthermore, this move trading Taylor to Cleveland is undoubtedly the beginning of a well defined plan to obtain quarterback X. Was it done to mortgage the farm to move up in the draft? Nick Foles? The intrigue around this issue makes for some great entertainment.
Hard to deny the deliberate and professional manner McBeane manages the front office. Everything about the way they do business displays a level of professionalism sorely lacking at One Bills Drive for many years. Now we get to see the fruits of their labor after having a year to get settled in the job.
For once it seems the Bills are being coached and managed by forward-thinking, creative people who clearly love their jobs. What I like most about McBeane is their conviction to their purpose. They know exactly who they are and what they believe will bring a championship to Buffalo.
Instead of that feeling of impending doom every year around draft time, there’s an air of confidence emanating out of One Bills Drive, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Super Bowl years. We’re not used to having confidence in the guys running the show.
Whatever path they take to secure the next starting quarterback for the Bills, we have enough evidence to know they will do their best to get it right. Giddyup.
Editor’s babble: Teddy Bridgewater, yes please. Oh, and GO #UBmenshoops #UBwomenshoops. You can find me on Twitter @RobynMundyWYO.