I was going to just post a comment on foreignarrow's post, but I'm going to piggy back with a post of my own.
It seems like everyone is so set on finding our franchise QB this year, as if a "franchise" guy will be the fix to all of the Bills problems. And, unfortunately, recent history has perpetuated that belief. Matt Ryan in Atlanta. Joe Flacco in Baltimore. Big Ben in Pittsburgh. Mark "dirty" Sanchez in NY. These guys stepped in and won big in their rookie seasons. So a "franchise" guy must be the answer.
However, I only need to point to Detriot and Oakland to prove that this line of thinking is completely and utterly false. Al Davis has spent countless years drafting specialty guys while going bargain basement for the trenches. Detroit, until a recent change in management, has done the exact same thing. I'm not saying JaMarcus could prosper on a good team, but Matt Stafford has every capability to thrive, and star, on a good team. However, his team went 1-15 because there was a bunch of has-beens and never-was' protecting him.
I'm not saying we shouldn't draft a QB this year. However, I am contending that it should be way down on the list of priorities, behind OT, NT, DE, OLB, ILB. If we go with the best player available way of picking, I find it hard to believe that it'll be a QB over OT-ILB in the first 3 rounds. Bradford would be great a 9, but he's one bad hit from another shoulder surgery. I know Brees was written off after his shoulder work and look what he's done. But he's got guys protecting him.
It may cost the Bills 2 or 3 wins this year, but I believe they should focus the early rounds on the trenches, develop those guys with our hit picks last year (Levitre and Wood), and bring in our franchise guy in next years draft. That way, who ever he is has a legit chance to succeed. If we don't and take Clausen or Bradford at 9, we're only setting them up to fail. I think the new regime in line with this sort of thinking, or at least I'm hoping.
That's my 2C, thanks for reading.
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