In his third season as a starter, Josh Allen has led the Buffalo Bills to the AFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1993 playoffs. However, if the franchise didn’t trade the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft, they might have a Super Bowl title with Patrick Mahomes under center.
Still, the franchise appears to have made a smart decision, trading for picks that ended up being Tre’Davious White, Tremaine Edmunds and Dion Dawkins. They also got lucky with the seventh-overall pick in the 2018 draft, Allen.
The Wyoming product’s first two seasons in the NFL were solid, but he took a giant step forward in 2020, setting several Bills’ franchise records.
When asked about trading the 2017 10th overall pick, Bills head coach Sean McDermott acknowledged that things worked out for both sides.
“They got a good player in Patrick, and I think we made out as well with Josh, Tremaine and Tre’Davious — however you kind of shape that, in terms of picks that became picks,” McDermott said, according to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques. “I think both teams fared awfully well.”
The Bills and Chiefs are set to meet in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, and Buffalo can further prove that passing up on Mahomes in 2017 was a good move by the franchise by making it to the Super Bowl.