|Buffalo Bills' Quarterbacks|
|Year||Name||Draft Round||College||Trade or FA|
|1960||Richie Lucas||1st||Penn State|
|1963||Daryle LaMonica||24th||Notre Dame|
|1970||Dennis Shaw||2nd||San Diego State|
|1985||Vince Ferragamo||Cal & Nebraska|
|1998||Doug Flutie||Boston College||Argonauts|
|2001||Alex Van Pelt||8th||Pitt|
|2002||Drew Bledsoe||Washington State||New England|
|2005||Kelly Holcomb||Mid Tenn State||Browns|
I did not name every quarterback that started a game but left out only a few with Frank Reich, career back up, being the most notable. Here’s my take on the list. There have been three stable eras: Kemp, Ferguson and Kelly. Since Kelly, as we all know, it has been chaos with nine starting quarterbacks. Of those nine, 4 were drafted and 5 were either trades or free agents. Of the 4 drafted, there was one each from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounds. All were busts. All trades, FAs were busts (Flutie?). Throughout their history the Bills have only taken 3 quarterbacks in the first round and 2 were busts. Until Flutie the Bills only went the trade/FA route once and that was Kemp.
I don’t have a strong opinion on what OBD will do to attempt to solve what amounts to the biggest problem in managing a professional sports franchise. I do have a hard time imagining that they will pay top dollar to a name brand coach and top dollar for an early 1st round qb pick. If, god forbid, the current front office is making the qb call I am confident they will get it wrong.