Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Would Bills still draft a first-round QB?
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills signed veteran quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson in free agency this offseason. Conventional wisdom would suggest Buffalo now has flexibility to pass on a quarterback in the first round with the No. 8 overall pick.
But will the Bills follow conventional wisdom?
According to new Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone, adding Kolb and Jackson does not change the team's draft plans at quarterback.
"I do not think it really is going to change the philosophy on the draft," Marrone said, according to the Bills team website. "I think that when the position comes, whatever is best for our team to get better, I think we will go ahead and choose that player, whoever it may be."
There are only two legit possibilities for the Bills in the first round: West Virginia's Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley. Any other option for Buffalo would be at No. 41 overall in the second round.
Unless the Bills have truly fallen in love with Smith or Barkley during the pre-draft process, it does not make sense at this point for Buffalo to reach and take a first-round quarterback. Kolb and Jackson can compete for the starting job in 2013, while a second-tier quarterback prospect such as Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Florida State's EJ Manuel or Tennessee's Tyler Bray can learn from the sideline.