The Buffalo Bills traded a little excitement on draft day this month for what they hope will be a whole lot of whooping and hollering starting in September.
The Bills likely will not be making a selection in the first round of the April 23 NFL draft, because they gave their pick away last year to acquire quarterback J.P. Losman. Is Losman going to turn out good or bad?
No one can say for sure. But we know this: He will not be boring. The 24-year-old Venice, Calif., native has such exceptional physical gifts that his presence prompted the Bills to throw veteran Drew Bledsoe overboard.
Bledsoe combined a cannon arm, 12 years of experience and cement feet. He could not get the Bills into the playoffs. Losman has a cannon arm and a picture-perfect delivery, and he runs like a gazelle. His potential to create spectacular plays on the move will make the Bills' offense look much different this fall. Scouts say he also has the toughness of a linebacker. We've heard that analogy before, and we like it.
Ultimately, however, a quarterback's success depends largely on whether he can make the perfect decision with the football in the 3 seconds between the time he takes the snap from center until the time he lets go of the pass.
Will Losman make the right decisions? Hold on to your seats come September. We're going to find out.
-- Mark Gaughan