As Tim Graham of ESPN.com recently stated in his AFC East blog, Buffalo’s first round draft pick revolves around Notre Dame starting quarterback, Jimmy Clausen:
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes the Buffalo Bills own the pivotal pick in the upcoming draft.
The Bills hold the ninth selection, and that's where McShay predicts Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will be in the spotlight.
If Clausen is on the board when the Bills pick and Buffalo sees him as a franchise quarterback, then it’s nearly certain that Clausen will be the next starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills. But the draft never plays out as simple as we always seem to think it will. There’s a decent chance of a surprise pick or two in the top ten, especially with the Oakland Raiders picking in the eighth slot, right before Buffalo is set to go on the clock.
So perhaps a player (most likely an offensive tackle) that Buffalo has rated as a top 5 prospect is suddenly and unexpectedly still on the board (Bulaga or Williams?). And even more, Buffalo has that player rated higher on their draft board than Jimmy Clausen. What do they do?
Suddenly, if the Bills stay true to their board, they could pass on Clausen and take their highest rated player. Of course, if Buffalo decides to pass on Clausen, then where does he go? Probing even more, is it possible that Buffalo would have another chance at Clausen if the Fighting Irish QB started to slip into the 20’s? (Think Cleveland moving back up for Quinn after passing on him in the top 5). I’ll let McShay explain the rest: