What's better than drafting two players with first round grades? Drafting a third player with a first round grade.
That's exactly what the Buffalo Bills attempted on day two of the 2016 NFL draft. After adding Shaquille Lawson in Round 1, the Bills traded up to the 41st pick of the second round. When they made their move to pick 41, Buffalo had two players on their board with a first round grade: Reggie Ragland, the eventual pick, and his college teammate Jarran Reed. After the Giants passed on both players, the Bills added Ragland as he was rated slightly higher than Reed.
However, the Bills still attempted to trade back into Round 2 to add Reed to their draft class. From BuffaloBills.com:
“The two guys that were there were Ragland and Jarran Reed,” said Doug Whaley. “When Reed started falling we thought, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We’ve got a chance to get three first rounders with our first three picks.’ That would’ve put us over the edge.”
The article went on to state that the Bills didn't have the necessarily draft picks to move high enough up to select Reed. When he continued to fall, the Bills made a few phone calls with teams picking late in Round 2.
According to the Bills website, one team they contacted was the Seattle Seahawks, the team that would eventually trade up to select Reed.
Buffalo put a call into some teams in the bottom third of the round. Among them was Seattle figuring it would take less to get up to pick 56, the 25th selection in round two. Seattle however, had plans to move up themselves. Ironically, the Seahawks found a trade partner in the Chicago Bears in the Bills original second-round slot at 49. Seattle moved up and took Jarran Reed off the board.
Adding Reed, a third prospect with a first round grade, would have thrilled the Bills coaching staff and Bills fans alike, but they found a terrific consolation prize in Round 3 when they added Adolphus Washington.