We know the Buffalo Bills current and future Quarterback situation. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t going to win enough games to lead this team to the playoffs and there’s no future plan in place. Head coach Chan Gailey will back Fitzpatrick until he’s fired and GM Buddy Nix flip-flops every other week on how they plan on addressing the future of the position.
Today, Buddy Nix backtracked on a previous statement that he wants to draft a QB next year. On the subject of drafting a QB in first round next year, Nix said:
“That’s not necessarily true. I mean, we’re going to always stay with the integrity of the [draft] board. But we’re going to try to find a quarterback. If one’s there, and he’s rated at the right spot, we’re going to take him whenever that is.”
I don’t have a problem with that on a normal team, but the Bills have continuously passed on QB prospects because they’ve stayed true to their board. You’ll never get ‘your’ QB by drafting Best Player Available (BPA). Eventually, the Buffalo Bills and Buddy Nix will need to look at draft value and the Quarterback position is obviously the most valuable in any sport. We will continue to see Quarterbacks like Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, David Carr, Cam Newton and others get drafted first overall even though they’re not the best players in the draft. They’re just the most valuable.
When Buffalo picked in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, 34th overall, they had a decision to make — Take the best player on their board in Aaron Williams, or draft one of the QBs that were (obviously) rated lower in Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick or Ryan Mallett. Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey eluded to the obvious, they didn’t feel any of them were “franchise” guys and not worth the 34th overall pick because they had other players rated higher. Or in the 3rd round of the 2012 draft. They drafted T.J. Graham with the 69th pick and six picks later, Russell Wilson was drafted. When they selected Marcel Dareus 3rd overall, and ahead of Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, they committed the same crime again. I’m not saying they made the wrong choice here, but I love the unwritten draft rule — If you don’t have a franchise QB, you keep drafting them until you do. — The Buffalo Bills have drafted three Quarterbacks in the last 15 years. Under Gailey & Nix, they drafted one. Sixth round pick (209 overall), Levi Brown out of Troy.
Your counterpoint could be — They didn’t see those Quarterbacks as Franchise guys, so don’t waste the pick. — I would agree. Don’t take just any guy, BUT they’ve missed on some potential franchise Quarterbacks. We have the luxury of hindsight to see where this franchise has missed. They don’t and draft mistakes are common in the NFL, for losing franchises. But, you cannot afford to miss on one position; Quarterback. It is the modern day NFL’s most consequential mistake; incorrectly evaluating the QB position, and Buffalo is guilty. If Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey continue to ‘go strictly by their draft boards’, they’ll never get the player that can revive this franchise from the depths of insignificance.