Share this article

print logo

Three takeaways from the Bills' pre-draft press conference

1. The idea that the Pegulas have "final say" over everything that happens with the Bills is not a surprise.

The idea that General Manager Doug Whaley runs every draft pick by them for approval ... is somewhat surprising.

Whaley said Wednesday during the team's annual pre-draft luncheon that team owners Terry and Kim Pegula have never vetoed any move that he has proposed, be it in the draft, via trade or through free agency, but the looming possibility that they could seems like it could be unsettling.

Would the team's owners really have such a strong conviction about what the Bills should do in the third round that they'd tell Whaley who to choose? Certainly it's their right, but to do so would undermine the trust they're supposed to have in their general manager and scouting department.

Whaley and his staff work the entire year for the draft's three days, spending countless hours evaluating prospects in any manner of ways. It would be hard not to feel undermined if the owners all of a sudden decided to use their veto power on one of them.

2. Not surprisingly, Whaley didn't close the door on the idea of trading up – although the Philadelphia Eagles striking a deal to move up to the No. 2 pick with Cleveland likely throws that idea out the window – but admitted that moving down could be more appealing this year.

"If you can get somebody to call up to 19, we'll definitely entertain it," he said. "To answer your question, yes there's depth and perceived depth in a lot of areas that we need sheer numbers. So that opens up the possibility and it's intriguing to us. To go up would probably be something really special, but again we've done it before. Most likely, with what we're doing, moving down would be a highly more intriguing situation than going up."

Given the team's self-admitted lack of depth – and now the likelihood that the draft's first two picks will be quarterbacks – making a major move up the draft board feels even more unlikely now.

3. Even if the perceived "top" quarterbacks are off the board in the first two picks, expect the Bills to come away with a quarterback at some point.

"I would say there's a very, very good possibility we will be drafting a quarterback," Whaley said. "When that will be, I can't tell you because I don't know. We always look at the value and the opportunity and it has to meet. It won't keep us from keeping the options if somebody calls and wants to trade a quarterback during draft day or after the draft or before the draft. So we do keep all our options open, but right now, it's safe to say, that's the leader in the clubhouse on how we would acquire a quarterback."

 

Story topics: / /

There are no comments - be the first to comment