It’s the question that’s on the mind of every football fan in Buffalo — and will be for the next two months: Should the Bills take a quarterback with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft?
Bills GM Buddy Nix has acknowledged the need to add a quarterback in the draft, although we know owner Ralph Wilson has said the team won’t reach for a quarterback that isn’t worthy of being selected at No. 3 overall.
NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci isn’t ruling out the Bills selecting Auburn QB Cam Newton at No. 3, or perhaps even in the second round.
“I’m not so sure that the Bills are thinking their quarterback position is settled,” Carucci told fans. “From everything I hear, GM Buddy Nix likes Newton a great deal, and the Bills might very well be inclined to take him in the No. 3 slot. Now, they also might be of the opinion they could wait to take him in the second round, and that might very well happen, too. But I think quarterback will be prominently on the Bills’ radar.”
Analyst Pat Kirwan supports that line of thinking, saying he believes Newton will be a top 10 pick.
There are plenty of opinions on Ryan Fitzpatrick, a player Nix believes the Bills can win with. By passing on a quarterback at No. 3, it would allow the Bills to address one of their many other needs, namely the defensive front seven as the team transitions to a new scheme under Dave Wannstedt.
NFL Network analyst Charles Davis had the Bills taking North Carolina DE Robert Quinn.