Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Chad Kelly a bad fit in Buffalo, 'six' Pro Bowlers, draft needs - The Buffalo News

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Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Chad Kelly a bad fit in Buffalo, 'six' Pro Bowlers, draft needs

1. Chad Kelly and the Buffalo Bills would be a terrible match. Sure, the idea of Jim Kelly's nephew becoming the Bills' next franchise quarterback is a storyteller's dream, but there are far too many realities that can't be overlooked.

For starters, the pressure on Kelly would be immense. It's now more than 20 years since Jim Kelly retired, and the Bills have still never found an adequate replacement. Chad Kelly would hear about that literally every day.

There are also plenty of concerns about Kelly's off-the-field behavior. He has a knack for finding trouble in Buffalo, be at downtown bars or St. Joe's-Timon games.

On top of all that, Kelly is coming off a second torn ACL in his right knee, and played in an offense at Ole Miss that didn't ask him to read defenses the way he'll have to at the NFL level. Kelly has the arm to be an NFL starter, but has yet to show the decision making to go along with it. He's graded as a sixth-round prospect by CBS Sports, but carries unreasonably high expectations because of his last name. That would be especially true in Buffalo.

For all of those reasons, the Bills should stay away from Kelly come draft weekend.

2. It's hard not to roll your eyes when seeing the Bills have six players in the Pro Bowl. That's not to take away anything from LeSean McCoy, Lorenzo Alexander, Kyle Williams, Richie Incognito, Stephon Gilmore or Zach Brown. All of them had fine seasons, but only McCoy and Alexander were originally named to the game. The rest were replacements, either for injured players or those competing in the Super Bowl. As of Thursday, there were 29 replacement players named for the original 88-player field.

The idea that Denver quarterback Trevor Siemian turned down an invitation perfectly illustrates what a joke the game has become. When the field becomes that watered down, it takes credibility away from those selected to play, regardless of how deserving they may be.

3. If I had to rank the Bills' draft needs at the moment, my list would look like this: Quarterback, wide receiver, safety, cornerback, tight end.

Of course, free agency will shape that list. If Tyrod Taylor is retained at quarterback, that would be bumped down. If Stephon Gilmore leaves for another team, cornerback would move up the list. Aaron Williams' pending decision will also change things at safety, although the position is still a need even if he comes back.

Tight end is one position that hasn't got much attention, but the Bills could use a better backup behind Charles Clay. Luckily for them, it's thought to be a strong draft class for the position, so it's possible the team could find one in the middle rounds.

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