A week Bills fans have been awaiting for nearly four months is finally upon us. We're close enough to start counting the hours until the first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Anticipating what may be the most critical draft for the Bills in more than 30 years, the News will provide in-depth analysis throughout the week, with expanded previews on Wednesday and Thursday. How good is this quarterback class? What can be expected from a rookie QB? We'll tackle those questions, along with position rankings, mock drafts, a viewing guide and more.
The crucial question: Should the Bills sell the farm to move up for a franchise quarterback, or are there too many holes on the roster to invest so heavily in one player? Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski debated their opposing views on Buffalo's ideal draft strategy. (FWIW, two former NFL talent evaluators expect the Bills to move up.)
QB concerns: A number of mock drafts predict the Bills will wind up with either Wyoming's Josh Allen or UCLA's Josh Rosen. Both quarterbacks carry question marks into the final phase of the pre-draft process. Allen says his inaccuracy issue has been "a little blown out of proportion." Draft analysts weigh in on the Rosen conundrum.
Looking beyond the QBs: Here is a position-by-position look at the Bills' additional draft needs and some potential targets.
Bucky Gleason: In a 48-hour period this week, Buffalo sports could take dramatic upturn.
Ghosts of past drafts: The Kansas City Chiefs are happy to have linebacker Reggie Ragland, the Bills' second-round selection in 2016 who was traded for a fourth-round pick last summer. "We think he can be a star," Chiefs GM Brett Veach said.
Circling wagons around the world: WNY native Bobby Deese is "on a one-man mission to simply share some Buffalo love," proudly displaying his Bills flag while visiting 10 different countries.
As we approach the draft, the [BN] Blitz newsletter will feature a reader question answered daily by a member of our team. You can leave questions in the comment section below. Here's today's Q&A with Jay Skurski.
Justin Bova asks: What are the chances we land Sam Darnold in the draft?
Jay: Not great. Let’s say 25 percent. The Browns could take Darnold at No. 1, but if they don’t, the Giants at No. 2 may decide he’s too good to pass on. That would be bad news for the Bills, because it would mean quarterbacks are picked 1-2-3.
If Darnold is the quarterback the Bills want, trying to swing a trade with the Giants would figure to be on the agenda. They wouldn’t want the Jets the chance to take him at No. 3. The only way Darnold would slip out of the top three would be if the Browns went with Josh Allen, the Giants went with Saquan Barkley and the Jets took Baker Mayfield.
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