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Bills pay steep price to move up for Watkins; Browns had no choice but to trade out

You can't blame the Browns. Cleveland fans might be irritated that their team might have moved out of the fourth slot in a draft that might have five elite players, but trust us: The Browns had to make this move.

The Bills paid an insane price (first- and fourth-round picks in 2015) to move up from No. 9 to No. 4 to land Clemson's Sammy Watkins, an exciting player who will change their offense, but is he truly transcendent? We'll see. The message is clear in Buffalo — they will do what it takes to support EJ Manuel to improve over a somewhat lost rookie season.

Think Manuel is happy?

Watkins can help do that, and he has the look of a true No. 1 receiver. But the Bills have other needs, and they sacrificed two huge pieces in the 2015 NFL draft to do so, giving up their first- and fourth-round picks.

That means the Bills believe they are contenders now. They would not give up what they think is a high pick otherwise. Perhaps the Bills can get something in a trade for Stevie Johnson, who is still only 27 years old and will have a little value, but that won't make up for what the Bills will be giving up next year.

The Browns might not have made the choice at No. 8 (moving up one spot from 9) to land Justin Gilbert, but he is the top cover man in the draft and will give the Browns a heck of a CB tandem with Joe Haden. Plus, they have many more picks and have a few quarterbacks in mind.

Four picks in, and with the Blake Bortles choice and now this, we have two stunners.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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