Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick turned out to be one of the biggest surprises in the NFL last season, so the team may not see the point in selecting one with their first-round pick. And there’s a drop-off after Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert.
“They could the top two guys. There’s some other good quarterbacks in the draft, though. I don’t want people to think there are not more good quarterbacks in the draft,” Bills head coach Chan Gailey explained during last week’s NFL owners meetings. “The one thing is, Ryan is a guy we all believe in. We’ve got a good quarterback. We don’t have to draft a quarterback. We think we can win next year if we don’t. So that frees us up to draft whatever we think is our biggest need and where the best player is.”
But Gailey knows you never want to pass up the opportunity to select a “franchise” quarterback if one is there.
“However, if you don’t expect to be here again and there’s a guy sitting there when you pick that is what you believe is an eight-, 10, 12-year quarterback that can play at the top level you’ve got to consider it because you may never get here and what you would have to give up to get here if you knew of one," the head coach said. "If the two scenarios come together, he is there and you believe he’s the guy and you’ve got the pick, you about have to make the call at that time. And worse-case scenario, Fitz plays great, then super. If [the rookie QB] comes on fast, maybe he can beat [Fitz] out. It just seems like you got to think not only short term, but long term for the good of the program.”