It’s time to take a page out of James Carville’s strategy from the 1992 presidential election when he offered his advice on where to focus the campaign by saying “It’s the economy, stupid.”
I’ve put together my own strategy for the Buffalo Bills draft and the plan is called “it’s the Quarterback, Buddy.”
The Bills shouldn’t over analyze this. The quarterback is the most important position on the field. The Bills desperately need a quarterback. The Bills possess the eighth overall selection and quite possibly could have the pick of the litter, with all of the quarterbacks still on the board. So, take the quarterback.
I know there are other needs, plenty in fact, and I know there are many skeptics about this class of quarterbacks but I don’t care.
No one was throwing the label of “franchise QB” around when the likes of Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Andy Dalton, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees were waiting to be drafted. Yet, all six of those players have led their respective teams into the playoffs and three(Flacco, Rodgers, Brees) have won a Super Bowl.
So what if there’s no Peyton Manning in this draft. There are plenty of signal callers who weren’t Manning that have winning records and multiple playoff appearances.
As I mentioned, there are numerous other needs for the 2013 Bills like wide receiver, tight end, guard, cornerback and linebacker but it all starts and, for most of the last 13 years with the Bills, stops at quarterback.
In fact, not only would I take a quarterback with the first round choice this year, I would consider it again next year. If Doug Marrone and company aren’t impressed with whoever they chose, there should be a good crop in the class of 2014 and odds are the Bills will again have a pick in the top half of the draft, perhaps back in the top ten.
There are a number of Bills fans who want them to trade down and there are reports the Bills are making calls to see who might be interested in that number eight pick. You might be a fan of the idea since you think there isn’t a quarterback worthy of that slot and/or you want the Bills to acquire additional choices to address the multitude of needs.
I think there’s some merit to the second part of that but I don’t think it’s worth the gamble. General Manager Buddy Nix said there are two or three franchise quarterbacks available so one or more should be on the board when the Bills are on the clock. Don’t move down and give other teams a chance to get in front of you and perhaps take the player you had targeted.
Former Bills G-M Bill Polian, who is covering the draft for ESPN, said if there’s a quarterback the Bills have a conviction on, just take him at eight regardless of what everyone else is saying. I say “Amen “to the Wall of Famer for those comments.