General Manager Doug Whaley has repeated that the Buffalo Bills will look to add a quarterback this offseason. They have to. The two on the roster are both entering contract years. And this team could sign a veteran to back up Tyrod Taylor and draft a developmental passer in April.
One such developmental option will be passing through Orchard Park.
Mississippi State's Dak Prescott will be one of the Bills' scheduled pre-draft visits, according to NFL.com. He's an intriguing prospect. Prescott's numbers were off the charts in the rugged SEC, as he threw for 29 touchdowns with only five interceptions as a senior and rushed for 986 yards as a junior. The challenge for Prescott will be adjusting to life under center, something he never did through high school and college.
If Buffalo goes defense early --- a strong possibility considering they may need to fill multiple starting spots --- it could be thinking quarterback on Day 2 or Day 3. That's when someone like Prescott would make sense.
Some dual-threat quarterbacks stick in the NFL. Many more do not. At the NFL scouting combine, Prescott was asked why.
"I think the equalizer in the game of football is mental," Prescott said, "and it’s not about being athletic, it’s not about being able to run or not, I think it’s about your mental capacity of the game and I think Cam and Russell Wilson and Tyrod Taylor are showing you can be athletic, but as long as your smart and know what you’re doing it can work to your benefit."
So now, the Bills must decide which type of quarterback they want to add. Possibly Stanford's Kevin Hogan, who operated in a West Coast offense, is the better fit. We took a look at all the options in free agency and the draft two weeks ago here.
After speaking to the Bills at the Senior Bowl, Prescott will now get to chat with the coaching staff at One Bills Drive. How he performs on the white board will probably go a long ways.