By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

No. 29: April 27, 2017The Bills trade a first-round pick in 2017 (Patrick Mahomes) to Kansas City for a first-round pick in 2017 (TraDavious White), a third-round pick in 2017, and a first-round pick in 2018.

NFL teams didn’t know what to make of the quarterback group in the draft class of 2017. Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson all had their boosters and critics. The Bills had Tyrod Taylor as the starter at that point in their history, and he had been good enough in 2016 for the team to believe that quarterback wasn’t an immediate need in the draft.

Therefore, the Bills were willing to talk trade when the No. 10 selection in the first round came up. Kansas City offered to trade up with a couple of 2017 choices and a first-rounder from the following draft. For a team with multiple needs, that sounded pretty good, and the deal was completed.

You can fill in some of the blanks already. The Chiefs took Patrick Mahomes with that 10th pick. After spending a year on the bench learning about the sport, Mahomes tore up the league in 2018. He threw 50 touchdown passes and had more than 5,000 yards passing in leading Kansas City to the AFC title game. Keep in mind that the Bills reportedly were not interesting in picking Mahomes with that 10th pick.

TraDavious White hasn’t missed a start in two seasons at cornerback for the Bills, and the other draft choices were traded elsewhere. This trade will need to be reexamined down the road as the career of quarterbacks Josh Allen and Mahomes play out, but it will move up the list if Mahomes continues to play at his 2018 level.

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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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