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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What if the Bills don't trade up for a quarterback?

It is widely believed the Buffalo Bills intend to move up in the draft to select a franchise quarterback. Rex Ryan has predicted it, and you can even use our simulator to formulate your own trade.

But what if the Bills are unable or unwilling to make a deal? Who should they take at No. 12? Jay Skurski tackles that question at the top of his latest Bills mailbag: "That depends on the Bills’ evaluation of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. If they feel he has franchise potential, taking him at 12 is justifiable." (More on Jackson later).

"If the Bills don’t think Jackson is worth the 12th pick, the other glaring need on the roster is at linebacker," Skurski concludes. "If Georgia’s Roquan Smith is still available, and there is a chance he could be with four quarterbacks going in your scenario in the first 11 picks, he would become an immediate starter."

'Most electrifying player in the draft': Mark Gaughan profiles Lamar Jackson in the latest installment of the News' Path to the Passer series exploring potential quarterback options for the Bills.

Path to the Passer series: USC's Sam Darnold is a gunslinger who may go No. 1. | Is Josh Rosen a natural fit for the Bills? | Mason Rudolph presents plenty to like in a quarterback prospect ... with one notable exception. | Is Josh Allen worth a ransom? | Is Baker Mayfield the next Drew Brees?

Pre-draft party: Huddle with News sports writers Tim Graham, Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski on April 20 to talk draft strategy and all things Bills in the shadow of The Buffalo History Museum’s exhibition, “Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports.”Featured within “Icons” is a sampling of The Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia, in addition to artifacts from the museum's collection and private collectors. Bring your own Buffalo sports treasure and have local appraiser Rob Schilling tell you its worth.

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Spending ledger: The Bills rank 11th in the NFL in total value of contracts handed out so far this offseason, Mark Gaughan wrote.

Offseason trackerBookmark this page to stay up to date on the latest activity and key developments during the Bills' offseason.

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