Happy Mother's Day -- and welcome to the day after the draft.
It's the traditional time to assign letter grades to teams' draft hauls and this year is no different. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.'s draft grades are posted and the Buffalo Bills did not fare well.
Kiper gave the Bills a "C-minus," the second-lowest grade of any team. Only the Colts, with a "D-plus" grade, had a worse draft, according to Kiper.
The grade is divided into two parts: "needs" and "value." Kiper gave the Bills a "D-plus" for needs and a "C" for value.
Here's some of Kiper's take on the Sammy Watkins trade:
Sammy Watkins isn't just going to be a really good player, he already is one. He was my No. 2 prospect in the entire draft. EJ Manuel has a weapon, a player who can turn simple throws into big gains, and that matters because I still don't know how effective a downfield thrower Manuel is. My issue is that this draft is loaded with wide receivers -- there are good ones already signing as undrafted free agents as I type this, in fact -- and the Bills paid a significant price to get Watkins. A future first-round pick is always a heavy price, but they threw in a fourth as well. Think about this: the Jags took a QB one slot ahead of Watkins, but still managed to get Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in Round 2.
Kiper noted that the Bills did not draft a tight end or safety, which were both among his top needs for the team.
Here's our take: Kiper is on point about the cost to acquire Watkins. General manager Doug Whaley even acknowledged that it came at a "very high cost," and the general feeling from the team's decision makers is that they don't have the luxury of looking beyond this season. They swung for the fences with this trade and only time will tell if it was the right decision.
As far as addressing needs, taking Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round did take care of right tackle, which was one of the weaker positions along the line last season. This wasn't a strong draft for tight ends and I'm not sure how important the position will be within Nate Hackett's offense this season. If they can manage, I think Hackett will try to get Watkins, Marquise Goodwin, and Robert Woods on the field at the same time and press defenses at multiple levels.
Safety remains a significant question mark but I don't believe: (a) it was nearly enough of a need to address in the first round, and (b) it wasn't deep enough of a class for the right player to be available.
What grade would you give the Bills' draft?