Who are you talking to?
Uh, it’s Jake, from StateFarm…
Oh really? At three in the morning? Who is this?
It’s Jake, from StateFarm.
What are you wearing, “Jake from StateFarm“?
She sounds hideous.
Well she’s a guy, so…
Brandon Beane’s man cave war room at his house certainly would not have been mistaken for Grand Central Station Thursday night. No trading numerous picks to move into the first round. Zero trades throughout the entire draft to move up or down. No players sent away. None came our way. Future years draft picks bundled up to send or receive never happened.
The mover and shaker, A.K.A, Buffalo’s general manager, simply stuck to his staff’s draft board. He actually selected players with the draft order they were handed based on last seasons standings.
Why? Why not? What happened? Is he ok? Does he have the Wuhan virus?
Because he could. Because he did not have to. Yes he is. Not that we are aware of.
Because of clever trades and free agency signings this off-season and building on a ten-win team, needs become less abundant. Holes in the lineup are smaller. Depth is improving. Needs are more strategic and galore. Settling for certain players at certain positions lessons. Trusting the process is paying off. Staying the course for the previous three seasons has gotten the Bills in a very good place. No more surprising teams as the underdog.
Sean McDermott‘s first off-season would have had him run out of town on the same flight with Doug Whaley had they selected a kicker. Brandon Beane would have been escorted for a drug test if he would have taken a quarterback in the 5th round at his first or second draft as the Bills’ GM.
When you build a team with a plan, upgrading a position is common. Replenishing positions of need when players depart is obvious. When your team becomes deep, the days of having multiple picks in seven rounds is not necessary. Making the Bills roster was almost a given for a mid to late-round selections for the better part of this century. Heck, the undrafted free agent signings saw plenty of playing time.
Warning: Not so easy anymore. If you are an undrafted free agent signing or a mid to late-round draft pick, you will need to be something special to secure a job. Making the practice squad has become an accomplishment.
The luxury of taking chances in the draft becomes much more of an option. It becomes welcomed or acceptable.
Hence, Jake Fromm State Farm.
Things we know about the Buffalo Bills this week:
- Round 2, pick 54: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
- Round 3, pick 86: Zack Moss, RB, Utah
- Round 4, pick 128: Gabriel Davis, WR, UCF
- Round 5, pick 167: Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
- Round 6, pick 188 (from Browns): Tyler Bass, K, Georgia Southern
- Round 6, pick 207 (from Ravens through Patriots): Isaiah Hodgins, WR, Oregon State
- Round 7, pick 239 (from Vikings): Dane Jackson, CB, Pitt