May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sammy Watkins (Clemson) after being selected as the number four overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

AFC East Notes: Buffalo Gets Aggressive in 2014 NFL Draft

The Buffalo Bills have fired the first shot across the bow of the S.S. New England Patriots in the first hour of the 2014 NFL Draft. Giving up next year’s number one draft pick the Bills jumped up five spots from number nine to number four in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.

 

The Bills picked Clemson’s dynamic wide receiver Sammy Watkins, the highest rated wide receiver in the draft. The Bills paid a steep price with a 2015 first and fourth round pick along with their ninth overall selection this year, but with almost a decade and a half of staring up at the New England Patriots at the top of the AFC East, the Bills front office chose to be decisive.

 

With last year’s first round pick selecting quarterback E.J. Manuel and their second round pick on wide receiver Robert Woods, the Bills are making a statement that they plan to try and match the mighty Patriots offense point by point in 2014 and beyond. With Stevie Johnson under contract at wide receiver and running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on board, Buffalo is ready to roll up some big plays and light up the scoreboard.

 

It was a steep price, but a strong statement by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

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