Doug Whaley is blunt about the state of the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback position.
“The way we looked at it is, we don’t have a proven franchise quarterback, that’s obvious,” he said Monday during the team’s annual pre-draft media luncheon.
Given the need, then, wouldn’t it make sense for the Bills to invest the first pick they have in the draft, 50th overall, in a quarterback?
Even with the presumptive top two quarterbacks, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, long gone by the time the Bills make their selection in the second round, shouldn’t they strongly consider one of the other players at the position such as Bryce Petty or Garrett Grayson or someone else?
“You can make that argument,” Whaley said. “But also our job is to put the right value on those quarterbacks and if we don’t feel that the value is that second-round pick then again we don’t want to do that because then it’s over-drafting a guy and our job, just for the Pegulas, the Bills and our fan base is to make sure we get the value out of every pick. And that’s not to say that it won’t happen but we’re always going to try to put the best value on these players, be it an Ali Marpet,” a highly touted offensive lineman from Hobart, “be it a quarterback.”
By most accounts, there is no clear-cut, third-ranked quarterback in the draft. Many analysts believe that there is a significant drop-off at the position after Winston and Mariota. Whaley is on record as disagreeing with that premise.
And while he won’t offer any indication of what sort of grades the Bills have on any of the quarterbacks in the draft, he does say there is logic in considering taking one each year.
“Definite possibility,” Whaley said. “I don’t like to corner myself into something by saying, ‘We have to do this,’ because that limits your possibilities and it kind of curtails some other options that you may shut yourself out of by saying that. But it’s definitely something, between quarterbacks and cornerbacks, because it’s a pass-heavy league, that we would lean heavily to considering every year.”