There are just too many teams desperate for a quarterback and not enough can’t miss prospects at other positions. The Bills are one of those teams, and coach Chan Gailey sounds convinced both Newton and Gabbert are worthy of a high pick.
“I can tell you right now there’s no question they have an outstanding skill set, both of them,” Gailey told SI’s Don Banks. “Outstanding. Not average. Not above average. Outstanding. Both of them [will] play early and long. I knew that after I watched them on tape.”
Gailey later threw caution on those words, but Banks walked away from the conversation believing Gailey will take a quarterback with the No. 3 pick. Former Rams executive Tony Softli believes the Bills are especially fond of Newton.
“Don’t be surprised if quarterback-friendly head coach Chan Gailey makes a hard play for Newton if he is still on the board. Sources say they feel [Newton] is the franchise quarterback for the Bills’ organization and would have time to develop because of [Ryan] Fitzpatrick’s presence on the roster,” Softli writes.
We think Buffalo would be a great fit. Gailey is a perfect mentor for Newton’s skill set, and they could afford to let Newton develop a little more slowly than other places.
It may be tougher for Newton to become an icon or an entertainer in Buffalo, but that’s probably a good thing.