Bills not living in regret despite trading Patrick Mahomes pick to Chiefs – Buffalo Bills Blog


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The NFL draft produces never-ending “what-ifs” and hindsight. No team is immune to the rehashing of selections and trades, and this month the Buffalo Bills were again reminded of one of the bigger draft moments in team history.

Back in 2017, Buffalo traded the No. 10 overall pick to the Kansas City Chiefs, who in turn selected star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. When Mahomes and the Chiefs won the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 19, sending them to the Super Bowl in Mahomes’ third season, some Bills fans dove headfirst into a hypothetical world in which the Bills selected the former Texas Tech quarterback.

At least one Bills player — the crown jewel of the team’s return for the Mahomes pick — took notice by commenting on social media.

Cornerback Tre’Davious White was just part of Buffalo’s take from the trade. In addition to the No. 27 pick used to select White, the Bills received a third-round pick (No. 91) in 2017 and the Chiefs’ first-round pick in 2018 (No. 22). After selecting White, the Bills kept wheeling and dealing. They packaged the No. 91 pick in a deal to move up in the second round for since-departed receiver Zay Jones (No. 37 overall), then packaged a pick acquired in that deal to move up again, selecting left tackle Dion Dawkins at No. 63.

In 2018, the Bills packaged the No. 22 pick in a deal to move up to No. 16 for linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Buffalo also landed pick No. 154 in that trade and selected defensive back Siran Neal, completing the haul from the Mahomes trade.

Despite Mahomes’ success — the past two seasons he’s been in the MVP conversation, passing for 9,128 yards and 76 TDs against 17 interceptions — the Bills aren’t living in regret. White made his first Pro Bowl and first All-Pro team this season and has established himself as one of the league’s better cornerbacks. Edmunds made his first Pro Bowl as well, becoming the first player in NFL history with two 100-tackle seasons by the age of 21. Dawkins has spent three seasons as the Bills’ starting left tackle and looks like a cornerstone player.

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