In a video released by the official website of the Buffalo Bills, Jim Monos, Bills Director of Player Personnel, said the Bills tried to move up to the first overall pick.
Monos and the Bills were trying to move up to draft Sammy Watkins with the first overall pick but the Texans weren’t interested in a deal. “We went with Houston right off the bat. We tried to go to number one, they weren’t having it, they knew who they wanted, so we started working our way right down,” Monos said.
Before the NFL Draft, the Texans were rumored to be willing to move the first overall pick but for a hefty price. The Bills ended up trading up to #4 with the Cleveland Browns, sending them their 9th overall pick, along with a future 1st and 4th rounder in 2015.
The Bills would have likely had to be willing to deal much more to move up to number one. The Texans were reportedly looking for at least an early first rounder, along with two other picks in this year’s draft, as well as a first rounder and more in 2015.What is interesting to note is that the Bills said the Texans were sold on Clowney and didn’t seem interested in a trade unless completely blown away.
Though hindsight is 20/20, it’s possible the Texans could have made the deal with Buffalo, and then moved back up to #4 in a trade with Cleveland and still selected Jadeveon Clowney. The Rams would have potentially passed on “JD” and Jacksonville has been quoted as saying they would have taken Blake Bortles over Clowney. It’s easy to say that though when not put in that situation.
You can now add this report to the “What If” section of your Texans history book.
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