The Buffalo Bills added significantly to their array of skill position weapons on draft day, picking Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the 4th overall pick.
But Buffalo didn’t want to stop there. Later in the draft, the Bills tried to get their hands on Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. But Buffalo was unable to get the trade done and Hyde went to the 49ers in the second round instead.
Buffalo began trying to trade up after Bishop Sankey came off the board, reports Bills.com. “Jim [Overdorf] started working the phones. So we were seeing what it would take for us to get up there and if there were any teams that would take our offer,” Bills GM Doug Whaley explained.
“We went team by team and we had a limit of what we were going to offer and see if they would take it.”
The Bills called Miami, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Carolina, offering multiple mid-round picks, but none of those teams would bite. Miami finally traded their pick to San Francisco who used it on Hyde, ending the Bills’ pursuit.
“They got our guy,” lamented Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos. “You win some, you lose some.”
The Bills would go through the entire remainder of the draft without adding a running back. I guess they really liked Carlos Hyde.