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What They Said: Transcript of GM Doug Whaley & staff during Bills predraft luncheon

Buffalo Bills Predraft Press Conference

General Manager Doug Whaley, Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher, Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos.

Doug Whaley Opening Statement:

First off welcome and thank you for coming out, appreciate you guys being here. It is an exciting time for us, exciting time for our organization, and an exciting time for the fans. I do want to acknowledge our scouting staff, this will culminate this April 28th, but the process started back in last May. So there is hundreds and hundreds of man hours put into this process. I just want to recognize our scouting staff and also their families, because they spend an inordinate amount time away from their families. So I just wanted to recognize those guys. Also, I know you guys are looking for lunch so I will open it up for questions right now. 

Q: The rumors of you guys moving up to number two, where does that stuff come from?

DW: I would have to ask you guys that. You guys put it out there, we didn’t. I just said that there is always a possibility and if you look at our history we are open to doing anything that will make this team better.

Q: The specific report said you made an inquiry with the Browns to see what it would take to move up, is that true?

DW: That is not true, but it is true that we haven’t started making any calls yet. We will start that next week, beginning of next week. But I think with our history people in hit draft and in the league we are open to do anything.

Q: Given your needs on defense, is that the team’s priority going into this draft?

DW: The team’s priority is to get a great player to make you better. Now by sheer numbers absolutely connect the dots and say defense would be a higher priority than a lot of other positions. But again if somebody that we think has a higher value than the defensive guy on the board, we are going to take the guy with the higher value.

Q: Given the depth at certain positions there should be high prospects on defense that are available?

DW: And that goes into your decision making as well. Alright is position X is it this guy and position Y are similar, but in position Y’s they are a lot deeper than you would go with X. So it is jockeying and trying to figure out where you can get the best player at the best value.

Q: You have said you want to fill your roster so you don’t have to reach in the draft, how full is your roster right now?

DW: We still have, by sheer numbers, some holes we have to fill. Not only do we have the draft but after the draft there is going to be some other guys, some veteran guys that get let go. So you will have that opportunity to add then as well. 

Q: What specifics traits are you looking for in a quarterback?

DW: A quarterback. I think the biggest traits that we look for are accuracy, decision making, and ability to make people around him play better, and to lead and have command. Not only of the offense, but of the huddle. Those are some characteristics we look for. Are they the only ones? No, I can’t give you the blueprint, but those are some of them.

Q: Is it still a problem to break down defense with a quarterback with the changes in the college game?

Jim Monos: No we haven’t noticed that, we have interviewed all these guys over the years. They are really sharp, they know their offense, but they are capable of running any offense. These guys are pretty coached up well.

DW: But what you see is from our standpoint you don’t get to see the things that they are going to be asked to do in our league. So that is what makes the scouting process a little tougher, but when you get the guy and you talk to him and find their mental, their mental is fine.

Q: How tough is it to scout a prospect like Carson Wentz who plays against inferior competition to some of the other guys?

DW: Well we look at it this way, it is something you have to take into consideration. But the best thing for Wentz is that he went to the Senior Bowl and played against some of the best of the best and he performed admirably. So you add that in to your layer of decision making but you can’t fully focus on that. Because he was playing against those inferior guys, but he is playing with inferior as well. So he had to compensate. So again it is just layer of something you have to consider when making a decision.

Q: Does it make your job tougher?

DW: A little more guess work, I guess you would say. Again you eliminated some of that by what he did in the Senior Bowl.

Q: Your reaction to the Rams trading up, and how does that affect you?

DW: I was aware of it but when we are at 19 it really doesn’t affect us. So we are focusing on, on being prepared for any situation that comes our way, via trade up, trade down, or stay at 19. So what other teams do we are aware of, but hey good for them if that is what they believe in. 

Q: Are you guys a prime candidate for dropping back with the depth at defense and your need?

DW: If you can get someone to call up to 19, we will definitely entertain it. Yes, but to answer your question. There is depth and perceived depth in a lot of areas were we need sheer numbers. So that opens up the possibility and it is intriguing to us. To go up would probably be something really special, but again we have done it before. But most likely with what we are doing, moving down would be highly more intriguing than going up.

Q: Given your limitations of cap space and inability to sign difference makers in free agency is there a sense to get difference makers in this draft?

DW: Well let me start it this way. If I would have told you at the start of free agency we were going to get a franchise left tackle for $13.5 million. Have a cornerback that is an upper tier of cornerbacks for $11 million. You have a Pro Bowl guard at $4.5 million. You guys would say you were pretty active in free agency. We were, we just signed our own guys. So that is where I think people say we weren’t active in free agency. That is what we want to get to, that we draft so well that you want to pay your own guys and you don’t have to go out and get other guys. I am sorry what was the second part?

Q: I am just saying you still have holes and is there an urgency to find those difference makers?

DW: I think it is every draft. Every draft you got to find difference makers. Every draft you got to try and hit on as many guys as possible, because if not then you guys bring out those articles. So I think the internal pressure to hit on a draft is what drives us, and we are excited about it and we accept that challenge.

Q: How confident are you that you will select a quarterback at some point during the draft?

DW: I would say there is a very, very good possibility we will be drafting a quarterback. When that will be, I can’t tell you that because I don’t know. Because again we always look at the value and opportunity and it has to meet. But it won’t keep us from keeping the options open if somebody calls and wants to trade a quarterback during draft day, or after the draft, or before the draft. So we do keep all our options open, but right now it is safe to say that it is probably leader in the club house how we would acquire a quarterback. 

Q: Impression of Paxton Lynch?

Kelvin Fisher: Good player. I mean I think he has a little ways to go, but he is going to be a good player.

Q: When did Carson Wentz appear on your radar?

KF: We went to meetings in May and discussed the upcoming seniors and that is when he came on the radar.

Q: And then when did you being to think he was a top end quarterback in the draft?

KF: I would say we went in there early in the season before he got hurt and we all liked him when we went in there. And then from that point on it is just a process at that point. We were happy that he was invited to the Senior Bowl, we were happy to be able to see him at the senior bowl to further his evaluation. So it is a process. I don’t think one player, it starts in May and doesn’t end till April. So I mean it was definitely a process. We saw him early in the year and then we actually went to the championship game because he came back from injury. So that was part of the process and we look forward to seeing him in the senior bow and that was part of the process. So it is a long process, it is not just one visit, two visits, or three visits. I mean we had three scouts go in, all three of us went and saw him at the championship game and then we saw him at the Senior Bowl. 

Q: Noah Spence and Robert Nkemdiche seem to fit a need for you guys, how much extra work do you have to do with players with off the field issues?

DW: Our policy is take it case by case and that is with any player at any position. And with guys with character concerns you work and you look at it at it as case by case and you make a decision. And you make the most educated decision you can.

Q: Can you give us a scouting report on Kelvin Fisher Jr?

KF: Good player. Great pedigree.

DW: Questionable home life.

JM: That is why we brought him in. Had to find out a little bit about his background.

DW: No, that is a special time. I mean he went through it, he got to play in the NFL and to see his son go through this it is a special process and it is a testament to Kelvin Jr, but also his parents, it starts at home. 

Q: What makes the visits so important to you guys?

JM: For us it has been great. I think we have really done a nice job at targeting guys that we are interested in, we don’t bring guys in just to bring them in. And we really do get a chance to know them as people a little bit. And then our coaches really can dive in with them and do some work. So they get medical attention and if they need looked at. So for us it is very helpful.

Q: Doug are you done meeting with prospects?

DW: Yes, today is the 20th correct? This is the last day you could bring players in 

Q: You will not be visiting other players throughout the weekend?

DW: Me personally, no I will not.

Q: Did you use your full 30?

DW: I think it was 25, 26.

Q: Can you us a run down at some of the positions you think are deepest in the draft?

JM: Yeah, we talk about it all the time, everybody says defensive line, and it is. But we feel like every position, if you are good evaluators you are going to find a guy in any round. Quarterback gets labeled as a deep position, every team is going to be different. But we do think quarterback and D-line, we do think it is good for those this year. 

Q: How much influence will Rex Ryan and the coaching staff have?

DW: Well we have always looked for their input. Coaching in our process that starts in May, after the season we give the coaches some guys to look at and we want to know from them how to they fit and can they learn and get to know their mental aspects and how it would translate to our team. But the thing that is encouraging when you talk to Rex Ryan and his staff they say just get us good to great players, because they transcend everything and we can make it work. We do look for their input but the mandate is you guys do what you do and just keep bringing us good players.

Q: There isn’t a heavy involvement of coaches?

DW: It is a layer, we have many layers to this process and again it starts in May and ends in April. But you also have to throw in the medical staff, we got to hear from the medical staff, you also talk to our analytics guy. And just every piece of information we just keep adding and adding to a player’s profile. And at the end I always say this the information makes the decision not me. 

Q: With your LB depth chart, what do you think fits Rex’s defense the best?

DW: I look at it not as Rex [Ryan]’s defense, but where the game is going. If you look at our division alone New England, now that they have the two tight ends, but they are going to be a lot of three to four wides. The Jets, their three wides is their base set, and Adam Gase at Miami’s base set is three wides. So the game is going to a more spread it out, less downhill. How many fullbacks are in the league? So those bigger body guys aren’t going to be as heavily coveted in our division just because you are going to be in nickel and dime a lot. You are going to play 70% of the time in nickel, so you need a guy that is quick. Now for me though, I don’t think that Reggie [Ragland] is just a straight banger, I think he has a chance to play on third down. So in all, just look at football in all. Those old school MIKE’s that take on the fullback and blow up guards, you aren’t finding them in college because the colleges don’t do that, and it is getting fewer and fewer teams here in the pros. 

Q: Myles Jack could be one of those linebackers for three downs but he has knee issues, what did you find out from your medical staff?

DW: Well we still have to meet with those guys. We haven’t done it yet. They are still compiling all that information from last week’s recheck. So we will meet with them pretty soon. 

Q: What are your impressions of Jarran Reed?

KF: Good player. Good person. We spent time with him at the Senior Bowl, got to know him a little better. He missed a visit with us because his baby was born. But he is a solid player, I think he can help us. I think he is one of the good D-linemen in this draft. 

Q: How much do you consider hand size when looking at a quarterback?

DW: It goes into the evaluation but you desire the best guy. Because there are going to be guys that are exceptions and can play with smaller hands or not as strong an arm. So it is just one of those things where everybody wants that ideal 6’5”, 230 lbs guy with 10” hands and got a bazooka. Those guys are hard to find, but that doesn’t ean 9” hands that are 6’ cannot still perform, and perform well. I think the biggest factor for us is less hand size but more on the arm strength. You have been in that stadium, come December and the wind coming off of that. That to us we weight a little more importance than the hand size.

Q: Can you shed any light on Tony Steward being cut?

DW: We just thought it was the best situation for us and for him, to part ways with him. Those decisions are never easy, and that one wasn’t easy. But we had so much respect for him as a person and as a player to give him a chance to catch on with a team before the draft. 

Q: Can you say whether it was a medical issue or fit in the system?

DW: We will keep that in house. 

Q: Can you talk a little bit about the wide receiver depth right now, a position where maybe you’re looking for a No. 2 guy. Also, Doug, how does the fact that you only have a couple guys under contract beyond this year, you’re going to have a free agent in Marquise (Goodwin), you only really have Sammy (Watkins) and Marcus Easley available…how does that affect your draft plan going forward at that position?

DW: I’ll let him (Jim Monos) talk about the depth and I’ll do the…

JM: Depth of the draft?

DW: Wide receiver…

JM: Yeah, we think it’s a good wide receiver draft class, we do. I don’t know…it’s not the AJ Green, you know, you’re not getting those guys I don’t think, but there’s a lot of good players receiver-wise that we like and spent some time with so we’re aware of the situation we have and it’s a good class.

DW: And to answer the other part of it, yeah, that has to go into consideration because you always want to look for, not only this year, but next year. So that’s definitely going to play into consideration but you also know you have a chance to sign those guys so it’s not going to be the overriding factor but it factors in.

Q: What’s the status of what you hope to do with (Stephon) Gilmore and (Cordy) Glenn’s contract and of course, Tyrod’s status and where that sits?

DW: Well, as you know, we don’t negotiate through the media but we’re actively seeking to get a deal done with all those guys. We have until July 15 for Cordy, we got the other two guys for a year for sure and have avenues to keep them longer if we don’t get a deal done. But when it comes down to it, these guys are football players and they’re competitors. And no matter what they’re doing, they’re going to be playing football at their highest and best ability and we all know if you play good, you get paid good--so that’s the way we look at it.

Q: Tyrod’s agent does negotiate through the media though. What’s your reaction to that?

DW: Hey, he’s doing what he gets paid to do. If he was my agent, I’d hope he’d do the same thing. 

Q: How much does Tyrod’s contract status play into that idea of maybe taking a quarterback this year, more so than you normally would?

DW: It’s more numbers because we only have two and we’re going to take three to camp. So out of sheer numbers, we just need another one.

Q: How difficult is it to find a quarterback in the middle rounds? When you look around the league, most starters are first overall picks or first round picks. Not many in those middle rounds make it.

DW: That’s true, and it’s a very good point and that’s why I have faith in these guys (Jim Monos and Kelvin Murphy) and our scouts. Will we find the next Tom Brady? We hope so. Or could we find the next Andy Dalton? We hope so. So that’s where we come in and it might be a first round guy. You just never know. But we’re just going to be prepared for any scenario and how the draft comes to us and make the best decision on the player that we think is the value and the right fit for us at the time. 

Q: Cardale Jones is a name that you guys have been linked to. How difficult is it to project someone who has so little tape even though he has all the skillset that you would want out of a player?

DW: His resume is short, so you have to take that into consideration when you’re making that decision. All these picks are a leap of faith; that’s a greater leap of faith than a lot of other guys.

Q: Doug, did the trade for Sammy Watkins impact the way that you view moving either up or down in the draft at all?

DW: No. It’s always been whatever’s best and as you guys can see, we’re not afraid of doing anything. But what we will do is try to get the best player for the Buffalo Bills at the right price.

Q: Doug, this time of year when you’re talking about quarterbacks, the term ‘pro-style offense’ gets thrown around a lot. How exactly would you define a pro-style offense and how does that change given how the NFL is kind of changing, like you mentioned with the AFC East?

DW: I think if you look at the…for us, a pro-style offense is a guy that’s under center the majority of the time or if he’s in shotgun, he’s still taking deeper drops; five, seven step drops. Not getting the ball out in under two or three seconds, deeper routes, stuff like that, combination routes. So that’s how I would define it. In college, you’re seeing the spread where they’re doing a lot of bubble screens and short, quick routes and slants, stops, just to get the ball out of the guy’s hand quicker. I think the philosophy for that is, if you have good athletes, get them in space. And that’s the way the college game is going because college coaches want to win and if you have better athletes than those guys, that’s the way to do it. A pro-style offense, it’s a little more compact and you have to have a team aspect--you’re relying on this guy and that guy and if he misses his block, then the play might not be successful. In a spread offense, let’s say the tackle misses his block, the ball’s gone so quick it doesn’t affect the play. 

Q: Is that the trickiest part of assessing these quarterbacks is when you see these guys in the spread throwing the screen passes to try to project that guy to be able to throw the combination routes? Is that the trickiest part of this whole thing?

JM: It’s every position. I mean the college game and the NFL game, we talk about it, and it’s just completely different. It’s hard to evaluate offensive linemen. It’s hard to evaluate, like we were talking about, linebackers; they’re different now. So really, it’s just a completely different game and the challenge is, can you be a good evaluator and do your work to know if he can make it for us. 

Q: Jim, can you tell me what kind of division of duties there are? Maybe as you get closer to the draft…At a certain point, does Doug say, you take care of ‘this’ and you focus on ‘this’ and he knows you have ‘this’ covered?

DW: No. We pretty much just cover the whole draft board. The three of us are going to see every guy on that draft board and we have such good scouts, that they set us up to the point where we can just now…the board is nice, it’s not jumbled, and we can focus and see every guy and we’ll stack it how we like it.

Q: How about the calls that you talked about next week? Will you assign…

DW: That’d be Rob Hanrahan in the pro department. So they’ll have contact with all the pro people of the other teams and then we’ll reach out to them and try to just see who’s on the trading block, what teams are thinking about moving up, moving down, so when we’re getting closer to the pick, we can start anticipating some calls. 

Q: Doug, I know you mentioned some of the upgrades in the draft room. How does that help you and what’s Terry and Kim’s role on draft day?

DW: First of all, their role is they are the final say. We have to run everything by those guys and the draft room--it’s just efficiency. Instead of moving our whole draft board and everything we need to do to make a successful draft to the team meeting room, we have it all set up right there and it’s all one-stop shopping. They did a beautiful job and can’t thank them enough and I have to tip my hat to those guys because I’ve been in three draft rooms and you’ve (Jim Monos) been in how many?

JM: Three

DW: And you’ve (Kelvin Fisher) been in how many?

KF: Two

DW: Best one I’ve seen. First class. Best in class. And that’s a testament to the Pegulas, they want to be a best in class organization and they put their foot forward in the scouting department and then with that draft room. 

Q: You said something interesting this morning about quarterbacks and the good ones can transcend any coaching staff, any system. So what happens when you see a college prospect who wasn’t able to do that in his career? Does that cross him off in your mind?

DW: No. You just have to dig deeper and figure out was it the system, was it him, was it a combination of it? And that’s when you get into now what he does, how does he do what he does. And that’s where you have to delve a lot deeper into a prospect like that. 

Q: What’s the number one thing that needs to get done, the number one priority, over the next week leading up to the draft?

DW: Meeting with the medical staff, meeting with some other staffs, meeting with the Pegulas, meeting with our scouts--they’re coming back in. They have some guys that they saw this spring that they might want to fight to push up or say, ‘Hey, you know what? I’m a little shaky on the guy, let’s move him down.’ So, just dotting I’s and crossing T’s. 

Q: There’s still wiggle room for prospects to move up and down?

DW: Correct. We’ll take it all the way. There’s no medal for finishing early. We’ll use all the time we can. 

Q: Doug, with the Pegulas having the final say--is that something new this year, did they have it last year?

DW: No, it’s been ever since they took over. They always have the final say.

Q: On the draft especially?

DW: Yes. On everything. We run it by them and say, ‘This is what we’re thinking about doing. 

Q: Is the meeting you said you were going to have with them all about you showing them the research you have versus them…is there any chance Terry comes in and says, ‘Hey Doug, I really like this particular guy. Can we get him?’

DW: It’s his team. He can do whatever he wants. Absolutely. But no, he hasn’t. He’ll interject and say…let’s put it this way: when they come in and we meet with them, we have a game-plan to get together and say ‘This is how we’re going to attack this draft.’ And that’s when you say, ‘Hey, have you thought about this?’ And we like it because they haven’t been around football long enough to be tunnel vision like we are and they bring an outside perspective. There’s been times he’s mentioned stuff that we’ve never thought about and we’re like, ‘That’s great.’ So that’s why, not only because he owns it, that’s why we meet with him and run things by him because of that outside, fresh perspective. 

Q: Can you give an example of that?

DW: We’re going to keep that in-house.

Q: Have they ever vetoed any move? Whether it be draft or trade or a free agent acquisition?

DW: No, not at all. So far they’ve had implicit trust in us. We’ve got to keep on producing. 

Q: Has Terry ever been in your ear about Christian Hackenberg, being a Penn State guy?

DW: Not in my ear. But yeah, he talks about prospects all over. Not only Hackenberg but (Austin) Johnson there at Penn State, I mean he knows those guys intimately. I’m more in his ear than he is in mine because he’s seen those guys. He’s probably followed them from recruiting all the way until now, so I’m more in his ear than he is in mine. 

Q: How hard is it to evaluate a player like David Onyemata at the University of Manitoba, had a great pro day? One, because he plays the Canadian game and two, he hasn’t played the game very long at all.

DW: That’s challenging, but that’s what we’re here for. Everybody when I got in this business thought if you don’t go to a D-I school, you can’t be drafted, but that’s not the case. If you have talent, that’s what we get paid to do is find talent. Now, there’s some challenges and he presents some unique challenges but again, that’s what we get paid to do.

Q: As you talk about how the game is changing on defense and the speed and coverage skills that you need in players, whether its second level or third level…we see Deone Bucannon, we see Mark Barron, people making that safety-linebacker switch. Is there a cutoff, you don’t have to tell me what the cutoff is, but is there a cutoff in your guys’ mind about the measurable in terms of, ‘He’s athletic enough to do ‘this’ but not big enough to do ‘this’?’ You don’t want to put your scheme at risk of getting run on. Are those the type of things you have to consider with hybrid prospects?

KF: I just think you’re looking at good football players. I mean I don’t think that it’s size, speed. If a guy can play in that position and make plays for you, why not take him? Why not have him on your team? I mean the game has changed, will continue to change, but I think also, players have changed. And those guys find a way to play. Like you said, Mark Barron, Bucannon, those guys are safeties and we all knew what they can and can’t do, but they went to the next level and they changed their game as well.

Q: Kelvin or Jim, generally, maybe four offensive tackles it seems like people think are first rounder’s. Do you agree with that assessment without giving names and how many plug-and-play would there you be that you can consider bringing in and challenge for a starting role offensive tackles in the draft?

KF: You said first rounders? 

Q: Yeah, first round plug-and-play guys.

KF: I mean, I think if you take a first rounder you’re thinking about having a plug-and-play player. 

Q: Do you think that it’s good for this draft, that position? Like at No. 19, there could be one if there’s already two or three guys taken?

KF: I think there will be a nice batch of players with that 19th pick that’s good enough to play offensive linemen, defensive linemen or whatever. But all four of those guys are good football players.

Q: Do you have an idea of what Seantrel’s (Henderson) status will be and does that change your approach to that weekend and that position?

DW: We won’t have a definite decision on his health status, but we look at it this way: we finished the year with Jordan Mills and Cyrus Kouandjio and we still were the No. 1 rushing team and the No. 1 rushing per average attempt team. So we feel that we can continue that. 

Q: Rex talked about Zach Brown essentially being in a starting role right now. What do you guys feel about that? Scouting him back from college to now?

JM: He hasn’t changed much from college. His game is he can run, he has a little toughness to him. I met with him when he came in and it’s funny because the last time I’ve worked with him was at the Combine but he’s a good football player and he’s a professional and he’s excited.

Q: He was a high round pick, second round with the Titans. What kind of went wrong for him there in Tennessee?

JM: You’ll have to ask him that, about Tennessee, but for us, his tape was good and he loves football so it was an easy decision for us. 

Q: Is Su’a Cravens a linebacker, a safety, or a little bit of both?

DW: Depends on the team. The versatility is something that’s nice and then you add a guy that could probably play four downs. If you think he’s a safety, start him at safety, sub him in at linebacker and play special teams. He’s an interesting prospect, again, for the versatility. 

Q: Is Braxton Miller ready to play wide receiver right away or is there more refining to do?

JM: I think he’s ready to play. I mean he needs refining, but they all do. He’s ready, yeah, that guy is a competitor.

Q: What about local guy Glenn Gronkowski? Famous brother, but does he have what it takes to be a pro?

DW: He’s the new-age fullback. A guy that can play a little h-back, play a little fullback, play a little tight end so that’s gameday versatility. That’s a guy at 46 on your 46 man roster during gameday that can play three different positions and special teams, so I think a guy like that definitely has a chance. 

Q: Doug, when the Bills traded up in the first round in 2013, it occurred after the draft started. There have been blockbusters the past few years with the Rams and the Browns and the Rams and the Redskins where it happened at least two weeks before the draft. And part of the reason why was both teams needed the time to reassess their draft boards. Do you see that as a necessity, for a blockbuster deal, that you have to do that before the draft to give yourself a time limit?

DW: Well I’ll say this, I’ll give you this. If we’re going to make a blockbuster trade like that. We’re already set with our board and we already know what we’re going out to get. Now for moving back, we’re knowing there’s a point we won’t move back because we won’t get the quality of player we wish. So for us, I can’t talk for other teams, if we did something like that, we’d be lock and step with the Pegulas, the coach and our staff to know what we’re going to do.

Q: With the medicals, how do you assess Jaylon Smith?

DW: That’s a good question and we’ll try to formulate a plan for that after we talk to the medical staff because again, they have the information from the recheck. We don’t know because we haven’t been provided that information yet, but that’s a good question and that’s something we’re going to have to put a lot of thought into. He’s a heck of a player, it’s unfortunate for the kid, we wish him the best and who knows, he might be a Bill.

Q: With Aaron Williams’s uncertainty does that change how you look at the position and your draft?

DW: Well that is when you bring in [Robert] Blanton he has played and produced in this league, he is a special teams guy, he will push to start. And if Aaron [Williams] unfortunately can’t make it, we got a vet starter right there. Will it preclude us from taking another safety? Absolutely not, if he is sitting up there, always like to go like this when we are going for a draft pick, if a safety is up there and all the rest of the guys are here and the safety is up here. We are going up top to take the guy.

Q: Do you talk to Tyrod about drafting a quarterback and give him assurances?

DW: Coach and everybody said since last year that Tyrod [Taylor] is our starter. Tyrod is the guy is the guy we are going into the season with. Unforeseen circumstances, hopefully no injuries or anything knock-on-wood. But he is our starter and I don’t see why we have to talk to him. But I talked to him today. I talked to him today, I talk to him all the time. So he is not the type that is insecure like are you going to add somebody, no.

Q: If you draft a quarterback in the first round would he be competing for the starting job?

DW: No, Tyrod [Taylor] is our starting quarterback.

Q: Have you received any calls about Tyrod?

DW: No my phone has not rung on Tyrod [Taylor].

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