Bills' rebuild continues with two-trade Sammy Watkins shocker

Watkins was a first-round draft pick in 2014 and had 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons with the Bills. They have the Rams second-round pick and the Eagles third-round pick in addition to their own choices in those respective rounds. We just concluded looking at all 32 teams' most improved area.

Matthews, Watkins and Darby (restricted free agent) can all catch a payday in March 2018 and are young enough to warrant top dollar. Moreover, Tyrod Taylor is an emerging talent at QB, totaling 37 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 7.4 yards per attempt over the last two years.

When he was on the field, though, Watkins was a stud. Watkins required a second operation in January after aggravating the injury last season.

Gaines, 25, had 56 tackles, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble for the Rams in 11 games last season, his second National Football League season. For the past three years, the bounty the Bills gave up in order to select him has been an albatross around his neck, made worse by the fact that Odell Beckham, Jr., was available at the spot where Buffalo was originally supposed to pick. With Matthews likely on the outs with Philadelphia heading into the final year of his rookie deal, there had been tons of trade rumors and the Eagles finally pulled the trigger on a deal which returns a starting corner they desperately needed. There was nearly no chance he was going to resign for a reasonable deal in 2018 so the Buffalo Bills had to cut ties now to protect their future. He was miscast as a No. 1 receiver, dropped too many passes and was pushing Nelson Agholor down the depth chart. I'm not the top receiver in the game right now, but there are little things I've learned that they can add to their game. He will be the team's No. 1 wide receiver ahead of new teammate Tavon Austin. He struggled mightily during his rookie year, but the arrival of new head coach Sean McVay has provided Goff with a system more fit for his skill set.

Buffalo is now the most recent team to see the value in stocking up future draft picks for a rebuild.

We now have six picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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