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A Huge Trade Almost Went Down On Draft Night

A photo of the stage at the NFL Draft.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

We're a week removed from the NFL draft, and while there weren't too many trades during the first round, there were plenty of discussions going on behind the scenes. The Buffalo Bills were one of the team's to move up for a quarterback, along with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Bills traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the No. 7 overall pick in order to select Josh Allen. In return, the Bucs received the Bills No. 12 overall selection and two second-round picks.

However, the Bills reportedly had another deal in place that would have significantly changed the outcome of the draft.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane revealed the team had a deal in place with the Denver Broncos for the No. 5 overall pick.

Pro Football Talk has the details.

Beane also had a deal in advance with Broncos General Manager John Elway that would have seen the Bills send the 12th overall pick, the 22nd overall pick and a second-round pick to Denver in exchange for the fifth overall pick. But Elway said he would only do that if the player he wanted was off the board at No. 5.

However, after Bradley Chubb fell to the Broncos, Elway just couldn't pass up the opportunity to select possibly the best defensive prospect in the draft.

Imagine if Chubb went to the Browns at No. 4. Denver likely would have made the trade with Buffalo, who would have selected Josh Allen at No. 5. Denver would then own No. 12 and No. 21, plus an additional second-round pick.

We'll never know what could have been done with those three picks, but there were several huge names left on the board at No. 12 and No. 21, including Derwin James, Rashaan Evans, and several top running backs, which the team could use.

[Pro Football Talk]