Apparently beating the Dolphins on Thursday night didn’t do much to raise hopes that the Bills could turn their season around. Because the talk in Buffalo is all about the future, and drafting a franchise quarterback.
We noted earlier this month that Bills G.M. Buddy Nix says he wants to take a quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft, and today the main Bills story in the Buffalo News is about the quarterbacks the Bills might choose.
Unfortunately for the Bills, at the moment 2013 doesn’t look like a strong quarterback class. USC’s Matt Barkley has been widely regarded as the top quarterback prospect since the day he decided to return to school for his senior season, but his draft stock seems to be slipping. West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson of Arkansas are probably the next-best senior quarterbacks, but neither of them looks like an elite prospect either. There definitely isn’t an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in this year’s draft. If the Bills are set on a first-round quarterback, they may have to settle for a Ryan Tannehill.
But the best-case scenario for the Bills may be that there’s another Russell Wilson in next year’s draft, a quarterback who doesn’t look like an elite prospect but turns out to have talent that the scouts are overlooking. If they’re going to find their franchise quarterback in a draft without a Luck, the Bills will need some luck.