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[BN] Blitz's Path to the Passer series explored potential quarterbacks for the Bills and how quarterbacks are evaluated. How much does a strong arm matter?  At times, it’s as if no other trait matters. Find a big arm and your passing prayers are answered. Find a big arm and expect big success. The Browns, who own the first and fourth overall picks in the draft that be…

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The 1983 quarterback draft class is the gold standard. This year's group probably won't pan out so well, but silver sure can shimmer. The Comstock Lode, the massive silver vein in Nevada's western mountains, made many men rich and established much of America's Pacific infrastructure. There was so much silver, the U.S. Mint opened a branch in nearby Carson City. …

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The more draft picks you have, the better. It's an NFL truism. The draft is a crapshoot, and more picks increase a team's odds of getting good players. Except it's a truism that is trumped by another: A good quarterback is essential to long-term success. There's the rub at the top of the NFL Draft. Every year, teams mortgage the future for a player in the top 1…

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1. Sam Darnold*, USC. 6-3, 221. At the top largely because of improvisational playmaking and strong leadership, but turnovers can't be ignored. 2. Josh Rosen*, UCLA. 6-4, 226. True pocket passer with a strong, accurate arm, and anticipates well. Questions linger about how much he loves football. 3. Josh Allen*, Wyoming. 6-4, 237. Big, strong, tough and the ability to…

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The last time five quarterbacks were chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft was 1999. The only time six were chosen was 1983, with three of those choices going on to become Hall of Famers. So where does this quarterback class rank? “I know since last summer, I felt like there was going to be a lot of depth to this quarterback class,” said Phil Savage, former g…

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Editor's note: News Bills writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci have taken opposing views on the Bills' potential draft strategy. Here, Skurski argues that the time is now to sell the farm to get a franchise quarterback. Carucci argues the Bills have too many holes to fill to give up too much for a quarterback. The Buffalo Bills haven’t come this far to turn back now. …

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ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit recently said on a conference call with reporters that he ranks Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft. But when Herbstreit was asked what types of traits a quarterback needs to have developed by the time he leaves college that are hard to improve on in the pros, he gave a rousing endorsement of Mayf…

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Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen remains a popular mock draft target for the Bills. Jay Skurski's most recent Mock Draft Roundup saw Allen slotted to Buffalo six times, making him far and away the player most frequently given to the Bills. In researching Allen, one prominent dissenting opinion comes from the analytic site Pro Football Focus. While most outlets conside…

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There is virtually no chance Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will be available when the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to pick 12th overall in the NFL Draft later this month. There is still a chance the Bills could trade up, though, which could put them in a position to select Darnold, who has been taken in virtually every mock draft within the first few picks.…

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The 2018 NFL Draft is expected to feature a near-record number of quarterbacks selected in the first round, with as many as five QBs – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson – likely be taken in the first 32 picks. The most quarterbacks ever drafted in the first round is six, which happened in 1983 – the year of Jim Kelly's famed draft cla…

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The Buffalo Bills’ scouting report on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson could dictate how aggressive they are in pursuing a trade up in next month’s draft. That’s the opinion of ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. Speaking Wednesday on a national conference call, Kiper was asked how he would solve the Bills’ quarterback conundrum. “They have to decide how much of a d…

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Marvin Lewis broke into a smile and seemed on the verge of laughing out loud while he spoke about AJ McCarron. Lewis coached McCarron the past four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. For now, McCarron is expected to be the Buffalo Bills' opening-day quarterback. So what is it about McCarron that makes Lewis beam at the mere mention? "He's a joy t…

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(This is the latest in a series of stories profiling potential quarterback options for the Buffalo Bills leading up to the NFL Draft.) NFL observers can't resist drawing rave comparisons when watching Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold's ability to improvise big plays from the pocket with his big arm and nimble feet. "I'll tell you, he reminds me of a younge…

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LOS ANGELES – If the Cleveland Browns have been inclined to use the No. 1 pick on USC quarterback Sam Darnold, then Wednesday provided them with comforting evidence. Darnold furthered his case, throwing passes in front of scouts on a rainy Pro Day in Los Angeles. "Quarterback pro days are heavily rehearsed, following a custom script, and Darnold's pro day wasn't any …

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So much for that smooth start to the offseason for the Buffalo Bills. General Manager Brandon Beane’s morning coffee must have been ruined Saturday with the news that the New York Jets have moved up to the third pick in next month’s draft. That puts Buffalo’s AFC East rivals in prime position to draft a quarterback – which has been widely assumed to be the Bills’ plan. …