By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 24: April 16, 2018The Bills trade their first-round draft choice (Vita Vea) and two second-round choices (M.J. Stewart and another pick that was later traded) to Tampa Bay for a first-round draft choice (Josh Allen) and a seventh-round draft choice (Austin Proehl).

It was something of a year of the quarterback in the NFL draft in 2018, with several top prospects coming out of college at the same time. By coincidence, the Bills needed a quarterback. Buffalo had made the playoffs under Tyrod Taylor in 2016, but by the end of the 2017 the team had decided that Taylor was not the player to take the Bills up to the next level.

Buffalo already had some ammunition for a deal in the form of some extra draft picks that had been stockpiled for the occasion. They even traded Cordy Glenn to the Bengals in a deal that moved one of their first-round picks up a few places. Everyone expected the Bills to do something, but no one knew what it what it be.

When the seventh pick in the first round came up, Buffalo struck. The Bills gave up two second-rounders in order take Josh Allen of Wyoming. Allen had been the subject of considerable debate before the draft, but in Buffalo he worked his way into the starting lineup and acquitted himself well. Meanwhile, Vita Vea and M.J. Stewart were occasional starters for the Bucs as rookies. This deal will need time to evaluate fully.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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