Bills were willing to trade up for the top pick to get Sammy Watkins

sammy watkinsThe Buffalo Bills posted a behind the scenes video on their website and director of player personnel Jim Monos revealed they were willing to trade up to the first overall pick to get Sammy Watkins.

“We went with Houston right off the bat,” Monos said. “We tried to go to No. 1. They weren’t having it. They knew who they wanted, so we started working our way right down.”

The Browns contacted the Bills right before the Texans made their pick.

“Ray asks me, ‘Are you still interested? And if you are, here are the specifics of what we would request to make sure we get fair value for you guys moving up,” Whaley said. “… I said we’d get back to (Farmer). We obviously have to make sure our guy is there and as the pick gets closer to your pick we’ll be back in touch.”

Monos said they thought the Jaguars would take Watkins with the third pick.

“We had just heard so much … that they needed a receiver. We thought that this was going to be Sammy. We knew that if Jacksonville didn’t take him we had a shot,” he said.

The Jags ended up taking Blake Bortles,  which allowed the Bills to make a trade with Cleveland.