The opening night of the 2017 NFL Draft was a bit longer than expected for the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills held the No. 10 overall pick. Following a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Bills moved down to the No. 27 pick. The Chiefs also gave up a third-rounder (No. 91 overall pick) this year and their first round pick in 2018.
Trading down was the smart play here. The Bills acknowledged what everyone knew — that this was a deep draft for defensive talent. They knew they could address a need later in the round and add draft picks. Now, they have four selections in the top 100 and they have two first rounders in 2018.
The added draft picks will help the Bills. There was some speculation that they may take a quarterback this year. That likely won't happen. Next year's draft is expected to have better quarterback prospects available. Adding another first rounder will give the Bills a shot to pick a quarterback if they want.
But that's next year. In the first round of this year's draft, the Bills used the No. 27 overall pick to select Tre'Davious White, an LSU cornerback.
White fills an immediate need. With the loss of Stephon Gilmore, the Bills needed another corner. Ronald Darby should be the team's No. 1 corner. White can come in and play on the other side.
He also has punt return experience, which should help the Bills' special teams unit.
ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, a former NFL coach, said White is a "nice pick for Buffalo here in the first round." He has some negatives — his size could be an issue against bigger receivers — but he's good against the run and, like Darby, should post high numbers in the passes defensed category.
BILLS FIRST ROUND DRAFT GRADE: A
Final thoughts: The Bills made the right move by trading down. That helps them this year and next. Yes, they still have to pick good players. But it gives them a chance to add depth through the draft. The best teams in the league tend to build through the draft. That's what the Bills need to do.
As for the pick, White should be a Week 1 starter for the Bills. New head coach Sean McDermott will find ways to utilize White's skills. The Bills needed to add depth in the secondary. White's selection certainly does that.