Bills Stealthily Built Super Bowl Contender Through Unorthodox Method

The Buffalo Bills took a different path to build a Super Bowl contender, and it's paid off.
The Buffalo Bills took a different path to build a Super Bowl contender, and it's paid off. / Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills have proven they're one of the league's top contenders this season, ending their season on a six-game winning streak and posting a 13-3 record, good enough for the No. 2 seed in the AFC. Buffalo is starting to generate real noise as possibly the best team in the league, and it appears the team is bound for a long stay in the playoffs.

Bills GM Brandon Beane has crafted his team in a unique way, and it's paid off.

It's downright astonishing that more than half of the Bills' starters were drafted by another team. But it also speaks to Beane's skill as a talent evaluator to identify players who are worth bringing in despite not having an up-close look at them as draftees.

Beane needed to believe in the guys he was bringing in more than players he helped draft, which highlights a critical ability to do what's best for the team, even if it might not help boost how his draft history looks.

With budding superstar Josh Allen, Beane has been able to acquire weapons like Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and John Brown through avenues outside of the draft that have unlocked Allen's potential. The same is true along the Bills' rock-solid offensive line, where Dion Dawkins is the only current starter the team actually drafted.

The future in Buffalo is incredibly bright, and it's thanks to Beane exhausting every roster-building method possible.

The Bills head into Wild Card Weekend has 6.5-point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts.

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