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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Are you cool with the Bills staying put and taking Mason Rudolph?

Our reader question of the day centers around Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph, who is generally thought to be a top-six quarterback in the draft but clearly behind the top four.

Mark Carroll asks: How much better really is (Sam) Darnold, (Josh) Rosen, (Baker) Mayfield, (or Josh) Allen than Mason Rudolph, considering the Bills would have to give up high draft picks that could fill big holes and help build this team for the future? I just don't see the huge gap in talent and potential.

Vic Carucci: I'm not sure I see a huge talent gap, either, although the opinion among draft analysts is pretty overwhelming that Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield and Allen are sure-fire first-rounders while Rudolph has no better than a second-day grade. There's still a lot to like about Rudolph and, by all accounts, the Bills have done fairly thorough scouting of him.

I would have no problem if the Bills drafted Rudolph. I think he fits the profile of the pocket-type passer they want. He might not have the perfect passing arm, but I think it's good enough and you can find plenty of flaws with the others that are more troubling when you consider the potential price in picks that figure to be required to move up to land one of them.

Related: The NFL is bracing for wild draft, but big moves in the top 10 have proven risky, Mark Gaughan wrote. The Bills could be eyeing such a move, currently sitting at 12th overall.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen says "Everyone hates me ... and it sucks": Rosen seems upset with the pre-draft narrative about him. He said if he was running for president, his platform would be, "be kind."

Peter King's mock draft has Bills moving up for "genial version of Jim Kelly": That's one way to describe Josh Allen. King wrote that the Bills seem to be impressed with Allen's arm strength, though I'm not sure who isn't.



Brandon Beane says Russ Brandon will have a seat at the Bills' draft table: This announcement irked the segment of fans who can't stand Brandon, the president of both the Bills and Sabres who has been one constant throughout the recent era of suffering. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure most fans would like to be at the draft table if they could. Brandon can, and I don't fault him for that.

Bills chose Jim Kelly in 1983 draft, but this tight end was their first pick: Tim Graham profiled Tony Hunter, whom the Bills selected 12th overall in 1983 before picking Kelly two picks later.

Tasker embraces new CBS role, talks NFL draft prior to opening of "One Bills Live": Steve Tasker confirmed that he will be a sideline analyst for CBS this season, transitioning away from his role as a game analyst.

Gronkowski the horse has setback in training, might not make Kentucky Derby: Looks like even Gronkowski's namesake is injury-prone.

Thurman Thomas to announce Bills draft picks from Niagara Falls: Andre Reed, Fred Jackson and Thurm will announce Bills picks this year ... if they have any left after trading up for a quarterback. (Just kidding. I think.)

Daily Drive Podcast: The gang brings in expert analysis of USC's Sam Darnold.


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