I hear a lot about Locker and Mallet amongst Bills fans and beat writers when speculating that the true long-term answer to the team's utterly useless Edwards/Fitzpatrick platoon could come in 2011. I could be off a little on this, but weren't Snead and McCoy considered potential top 10 picks for 2010 at this time last year? I honestly don't believe it's all that easy to target a *specific* player in this year's draft, let alone a draft 13 months away. So much can change over the course of a year (injuries, regression, off the field issues, unexpectedly staying in school). I believe it would be foolish to ignore the QBs of 2010 based on a projection that they'll be better in 2011.
My guess is that teams *don't* factor in future draft classes when making decisions for the upcoming season because there are too many variables in projecting so far into the future. For example, I don't think a QB-needy team would pass on a Clausen, who they might have graded as a top 15 talent, just because they think Locker could be a top 3 talent in 2011. I believe Buffalo would be crazy to bank on better options at QB being available down the line given the dire state of the QB position on the current roster. Ryan Mallet and Jake Locker should not be in the discussion in terms of solving the mess that is this current depth chart.