The Bills coveted Sammy Watkins but their number nine draft position was too low for a football player with elite speed and great hands.
The Bills would need to make a bold move and did trading draft positions with the Cleveland Browns for this year draft and giving the Browns their first and fourth round picks in 2015.
"We went into this draft saying we were going to be bold, and we made a bold move." Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon told the Buffalo News.
I couldn’t be happier to put on the @buffalobills Royal Blue and Red and rep #OurColors, @TideNFL! #SponThat also means Watkins is now teammates with C.J. Spiller who provided similar thrills for Clemson fans.
— Sammy Watkins (@sammywatkins) May 9, 2014
"This is just unbelieveable." Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "Two of the greatest players in Clemson history are now teammates."
Swinney added, "This could not be a better situation for Sammy. The first thing I said to Sammy's mother is that he could not have a better mentor than C.J. Spiller. He'll show Sammy the ropes."
WOW that pipeline of Clemson boys run deep in buffaloIn fact a total of five Clemson Tigers are on the Bills roster now that Sammie Watkins has been picked. Safety Jonathan Meeks and offensive linemen Antoine McClain and Chris Hairston were the Bills colors.
— Cj Spiller (@CJSPILLER) May 9, 2014
Not that the Bills are looking for a quarterback but Tajh Boyd is still on the board.
Sammy Watkins! Bills mafia bih
— Tajh Boyd (@TajhB10) May 9, 2014
Mark Gaughan and Tim Graham from the Buffalo News say this move by the Bills means they want to win now and make a playoff push.