Poor Buffalo. It seems like they play musical chairs at QB every year and 2016 could be more of the same. Bills GM Doug Whaley told the Buffalo News at the Senior Bowl saying they are looking at drafting another quarterback in the draft.
According to Whaley,
“We’ll do it because if you look at it, unfortunately we have two quarterbacks on the roster and both of them are entering the last year of their contract. If it presents itself, it makes sense and it’s a guy we like, and we believe in, absolutely.”
Both Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel are free agents and neither have lived up to expectations. Taylor beat out the former first round pick Taylor in the preseason to become the starter. Taylor showed some flashes against the Colts and Titans early in the season and is playing the Pro Bowl but the team may want to go in a different direction in 2017. Manuel was the Bills’ first round pick in 2013 and he has been a bust for the team so far. In fact he’s the only QB in NFL history to lose games in England, Canada and the United States.
Buffalo will pick at #19 in the first round. The Bills really need help on the offensive line and linebasker. The team probably will wait until the later rounds to pick a QB unless Paxton Lynch, Jared Goff or Carson Wentz slide all the way to them. A guy like Dak Prescott could be a good fit. The Mississippi State quarterback is similar to Taylor but he’s bigger, faster and has a better arm. Brandon Allen might also be an option. The Arkansas QB had a good showing at the Senior Bowl and put up big numbers in the SEC last year. Allen would be available in later rounds and Buffalo could work on retooling the offensive line. Cody Kessler from USC will also be around on day three if the Bills want to wait. Like Allen and Prescott he also had a pretty good day at the Senior Bowl and showed that he is more than a game manager.
There are plenty of QBs in the 2016 NFL Draft Buffalo can bide their time and get one late instead of reaching for one like they did when they got Manuel in 2013.