That's right. What the Bills, or Chix as many of you affectionately refer to the new brain trust, do with the #9 selection next Thursday night could very well define the destiny of the team over the next 10 years or more.
If Jimmy Clausen slides to our pick, Chix faces a monumental decision. If Chix believes that Clausen is a franchise QB who is ready to play now if necessary, then the choice is simple. And most draft pundits now believe Clausen will slide to the Bills at #9.
However, if Chix prefers Tim Tebow over Clausen, then the biggest decision they will likely ever face during their Bills FO tenure is staring them in the face. If they pass on Clausen, they are obviously assuming a huge risk and leaving themselves open to second-guessers for years to come. I do not believe Chix will select Tebow at #9, even if Clausen is off the board. Chix will either hope Tebow slides to the Bills' pick in the 2nd round, or will attempt to trade into the bottom of the first round to be sure to land him.
Obviously, their decision rests on their evaluations of the two QBs. Is Clausen worth the #9 pick more than Tebow is worth the #41 pick? And don't forget to figure in the risk that Tebow will be snatched up before we can even make a move back into the 1st round.
Here's a prediction: if Tebow slides to the 2nd round, the Patriots, armed with their three 2nd round picks, will make a move to get Tebow.
I, for one, say we have to select Clausen at 9 if he is there. Finally, this writer wonders if Chix would rather have Clausen not slide to them at #9....in other words, making their decision much easier.