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By Joe Buscaglia
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SI's Banks Thinks Bills Will Go QB

The NFL Draft is still more than a month away, but an incredibly interesting nugget of information came out of the NFL owners' meetings this week.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated got the opportunity to sit down with Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey, and came away with the impression that the Bills would spend the third overall pick on a quarterback, no matter if only one of the big two are on the board.

The quote I think is the most telling comes from this excerpt of Banks' column:

"I can tell you right now there's no question they have an outstanding skill set, both of them,'' Gailey said, when I asked him if he had determined whether Newton and Gabbert were capable of playing and playing early in the NFL. "Outstanding. Not average. Not above average. Outstanding. Both of them [will] play early and long. I knew that after I watched them on tape."

This confirms what I've been thinking all along about Auburn QB Cam Newton and the Bills interest in him. But now we have to add Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert in to the conversation as well, if you haven't already. Banks concluded the same himself:

"After hearing Gailey gush over Newton and Gabbert, I have to believe he thinks one of them, or maybe both, have a chance of being franchise guys over the long haul in the NFL. If Gailey follows his own advice, it sounds like quarterback will be the pick in the third spot."

Here's the full link to see what Banks wrote.

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