Going into the off-season, I took a look at the draft order and all of the teams in the NFL’s needs. What I was looking at the most was what teams could potentially draft quarterbacks, getting in the way of the Bills in April’s draft. However, as we’ve gotten closer to the draft, it seems like the Bills might have an easier time getting a quarterback that they like in this year’s draft.
The simple reason why is that many other teams have solved their quarterback controversies in another way. One of the best examples is the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles pick ahead of the Bills, with the fourth overall pick. Although they did hand things over to Nick Foles last season, he did little to prove that he was the quarterback of the future. They decided to give Michael Vick another chance to prove himself with a restructured deal, thus taking them out of any quarterback market. This also opens up Foles to be traded.
The Raiders, another team that could possibly be interested in a quarterback, is apparently in talks to restructure Carson Palmer’s deal. Another good sign, as that would likely mean that Oakland wouldn’t be drafting a quarterback either.
With Alex Smith reportedly close to being traded, that would take another team out of the mix. Matt Flynn could be traded as well. In a hit-or-miss draft class, teams could be much more interested in trading for veterans.
What does this mean for the Bills? They could really have their pick of the litter. If they have solid scouting, they could really land a starting quarterback. They could also wait until the second round to take a signal caller, as other teams that would need a quarterback could address other needs in the first round as well. Sure, there are still teams like Jacksonville and Arizona, but that’s a whole lot fewer than it looked before.
I feel like this doesn’t need to be said, but I feel like since it is the Bills it does. Drafting a quarterback is a big deal for the franchise, please don’t screw it up.