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Buddy Nix: Perfect time for Bills to draft a quarterback

Blaine Gabbert AP

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix is talking like a man who wants to take a quarterback with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.

“There’s no doubt it’s an important position,” Nix said. “It’s a quarterback-driven league. But we think that we’re in a good position. And actually, as hard as it is to say when you’ve got other needs it’s probably the perfect time to take a quarterback.”

Nix agrees with the speculation that the 2011 draft could feature even more quarterbacks in the first round than the record six in 1983, saying there could be “a record number” of quarterbacks taken in the first round.

If the Bills do draft a quarterback, it will be either Auburn’s Cam Newton or Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. At the moment it appears that Newton will go first overall to the Panthers and Gabbert will still be available. Nix said the Bills have “always been high” on Gabbert.

So third overall next Thursday might be the perfect time to take him.

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25 Responses to “Buddy Nix: Perfect time for Bills to draft a quarterback”
  1. deanvernonwormer says: Apr 20, 2011 7:54 AM

    Sucks to be Blaine Gabbert right now. Who the heck wants to live in Buffalo much less play for them?

  2. brasho says: Apr 20, 2011 7:56 AM

    Or they might take a QB in round 2 in Kaepernick, Ponder, or Dalton, if they are there of course.

  3. nacjim says: Apr 20, 2011 7:57 AM

    Remember that we are in “silly season” and everyone is lying to anyone who will listen. See Belichick working out Ingram and Locker……

  4. skoobyfl says: Apr 20, 2011 7:57 AM

    With the first pick of thed 2012 draft, the Buffalo Bills select….

  5. sllib12 says: Apr 20, 2011 7:58 AM

    can they draft a new owner ?

  6. canetic says: Apr 20, 2011 7:58 AM

    It would be a sad year if more than six qb’s are taken in the first round.

  7. xstaticonradio says: Apr 20, 2011 8:05 AM

    Our run defense is 32nd ranked and this moron wants to draft a QB. this better be a smokescreen or I’ll take a crap on his front porch

  8. bengalfannomatterwhat says: Apr 20, 2011 8:11 AM

    God I hope so if both are off the board cincy wont gamble I’m not high on either newton or gabbert and think second rd or trading up late first will net a quality qb if any this year actually hit and don’t bust

  9. duanethomas says: Apr 20, 2011 8:13 AM

    A reach for a quarteback that didn’t win in college. Look a the recent history of QB’s drafted second or third.

    – Rick Mirer (No. 2 pick in 1993): Disaster.
    – Heath Shuler (No. 3 pick in 1994): Disaster.
    – Steve McNair (No. 3 pick in 1994): Good quarterback, led Titans to Super Bowl.
    – Ryan Leaf (No. 2 pick in 1998): Beyond disaster.
    – Donovan McNabb (No. 2 pick in 1999): Very good quarterback, led Eagles to Super Bowl.
    – Akili Smith (No. 3 pick in 1999): Disaster.
    – Joey Harrington (No. 3 pick in 2002): Disaster
    – Vince Young (No. 3 pick in 2006): Not a disaster….Yet
    – Matt Ryan (No. 3 pick in 2008): Looking good.
    The Bills needs to build their defense and draft Von Miller. Their offense can score points, they just can’t stop anyone. In their first 6 games they gave up 30 points five times. Defense is what they need.

  10. tv426 says: Apr 20, 2011 8:18 AM

    If this scenario plays out, they will be getting the better QB for sure.

  11. kfranz426 says: Apr 20, 2011 8:23 AM

    buddy the elf with another genius pick

  12. wawa33 says: Apr 20, 2011 8:23 AM

    With their first pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Toronto Bills select Borje Salming…..

  13. tehowdruid says: Apr 20, 2011 8:25 AM

    xstatic, you honestly think Ryan Fitzpatrick is the guy to take you to the promised land? I understand your rush defense sucks, but you do not have a chance at winning Super Bowls until you get the QB position locked down. It’s the most important position on the football field.

    That being said, this smells like a smokescreen or a “Kaepernick is our guy if he’s there in the 2nd round” type deal.

  14. Kave Krew says: Apr 20, 2011 8:27 AM

    I don’t get it……maybe Cam if he’s available because of the dynamic potential, but they got a QB that is very comparable to Gabbert etc…..

    If they do, then one more impact defensive player available for others to take.

  15. bonerchamp says: Apr 20, 2011 8:34 AM

    The Bills selecting you in the first round is like being on the cover of SI.

  16. isaeus says: Apr 20, 2011 8:37 AM

    This one is obvious… the Bills know that some teams may be desperate to take Gabbert, so they are looking to get maximum value. The Bengals, Cardinals, 49ers, Titans and Redskins all may be interested in a trade up. If they stay put, I would think Von Miller is the obvious choice.

  17. devinmr711 says: Apr 20, 2011 8:45 AM

    Man, Ryan Fitzpatrick should be their QB. He had a heck of a year last year. I think they need to address other needs like outside linebacker and receiver.

  18. harleyrider1973 says: Apr 20, 2011 8:50 AM

    hey duanethomas dont forgoet about JaMarcus Russell, whata waste of sopace he is.

  19. kingjoe1 says: Apr 20, 2011 8:54 AM

    Bills will trade back into the bottom of the 1st and grab Locker.
    They will assuredly take Miller or Peterson. (though Peterson will probably go to Panthers at 1)

  20. armchairgm9 says: Apr 20, 2011 9:09 AM

    So in honor of the fact that every year all the predictions about the draft are wrong, I want to predict something…

    The Panthers won’t take a QB and it’s going to cause a chain reaction of QB’s slipping. There will only be maybe 2 taken in the first 20 picks, and then towards the end of the first, start of the 2nd, they all come off within about 10 picks. But like I said, all the predictions are wrong anyways.

  21. dspyank2k11 says: Apr 20, 2011 9:28 AM

    “If the Bills do draft a quarterback, it will be either Auburn’s Cam Newton or Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. At the moment it appears that Newton will go first overall to the Panthers and Gabbert will still be available”

    Addendum…

    If they draft a QB “in the first round”…

  22. RedSox83 says: Apr 20, 2011 9:46 AM

    Has to be a total smokescreen, I think he is saying with that comment that they want Marcellus Dareus and hope someone trades up to Denvers position to get him. Cam Newton to Panthers 1st pick, Blaine Gabbert second to (Arizona, Cincinatti, Tennessee), then Dareus falls to them at number three, where they don’t believe he will land unless a someone trades with Denver.

  23. biggerballz says: Apr 20, 2011 9:55 AM

    the bills should just move to cali and draft new fans instead of ugly fat chicks from buffalo.

  24. bdickey33 says: Apr 20, 2011 10:08 AM

    xstaticonradio says:
    Apr 20, 2011 8:05 AM
    Our run defense is 32nd ranked and this moron wants to draft a QB. this better be a smokescreen or I’ll take a crap on his front porch
    ————————————————–

    Your run D will improve a lot if you get an offense that might get you the lead in a game or 2.

  25. diehard82 says: Apr 20, 2011 11:36 AM

    Smokescreen. All the teams not intending to take a QB early are hoping others will, so better positional players drop to them. That’s why there are so many teams talking about QB and the media repeats it as news. I think 3 QB’s go in round one (Gabbert, Newton, Mallet), and 4 more in round 2 (Ponder, Locker, Kaepernick, Dalton), which still represents some “reaching”. The best way to stay lousy is to reach to fill needs, passing up on better prospects.

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