1. I’ve long been of the belief that NFL teams should draft at least one quarterback every year. That’s how important the position is. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said last year it’s something the team “would lean heavily to considering every year.” Whaley, however, hasn't picked a quarterback in the two years he’s been running Buffalo’s draft. He has, however, drafted a cornerback in each of those two years, which is the other position he suggested would be a priority to take every year. So will he stay true to his word in April? As it stands now, the Bills’ depth at cornerback is one of the strengths of their roster. Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby make up one of the best starting tandems in the NFL, Nickell Robey is a capable slot cornerback and veteran Leodis McKelvin provides great depth. McKelvin, though, could be a salary-cap casualty unless he takes a pay cut, which would mean that depth takes a big hit. If Ron Brooks departs as a free agent, as expected, there would be an opening on the roster for a depth corner who can also contribute on special teams. So while it may not top the list of needs, don’t be surprised if the Bills come out of the draft with another cornerback.
2. Would “Baby Gronk” fit the Bills? It’s something to think about after reading Tyler Dunne’s excellent profile of Glenn Gronkowski, the younger brother of Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski. The youngest of the Gronkowski boys, Glenn is projected to be a mid-round draft pick out of Kansas State. The former Williamsville North star is trying to make the transition from fullback in college to tight end in the pros. He’s not nearly the size of his famous older brother, but “Goose,” as he’s called, could be an intriguing option for NFL teams because of his ability to line up in multiple positions. The Bills certainly need depth behind Charles Clay at tight end, and if the youngest Gronkowski turns out to be a solid blocker, he could carve out a role in the NFL. Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman would surely welcome another player who can line up in multiple positions. Gronkowski also could potentially replace fullback Jerome Felton on the Bills’ roster. Felton, who had a disappointing 2015 season, has a cap hit of $2.3 million in 2016, and the Bills could save nearly $2 million of that by releasing him. Fullbacks almost never go until the later rounds. If Gronkowski is on the board at that point, it will be interesting to see if the Bills want to bring him home.
3. Are Bills fans planning their August road trip to Canton yet? One of their former all-time greats could be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after all. Who’s that, you ask? Terrell Owens, of course. Even though he spent just one season in Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown infamously presented Owens with a key to the city. That 2009 season was decent enough – 55 catches, 829 yards, five touchdowns – but it was basically just a footnote when considering his 15-yer career. Owens ranks fourth all time in receptions (1,078), second in receiving yards (15,934) and third in touchdowns (153). I don’t think there’s any question Owens will get into the Hall, it’s just a matter if he gets in this year – his first of eligibility. My thinking is former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison will get in ahead of Owens. Harrison, who is also a finalist, has similar numbers and a Super Bowl championship. Voting will be conducted Saturday prior to Super Bowl 50 the following day.