""I had Newton going there (at 3) a few weeks ago, and somebody I respected, different people you talk to over the years told me, ‘Well I don’t think you’re right on that,’" Kiper said during yesterday's conference call with media.
The new thought process makes a considerable amount of sense. Last season, Bills GM Buddy Nix - who at that point had a much more urgent need at quarterback than he does today - passed on the likes of Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Tebow was as close to a fan favorite as a controversial QB prospect can be pre-draft in Buffalo, but Nix insisted that the team's attempts to trade up into the latter portions of Round 1 last year were for other players, and not the former Florida star to whom Newton is consistently compared. Clausen was passed up twice, with only perceived attitude issues as a red flag. McCoy's arm strength and need to adjust from Texas' offensive system caused the Bills to pass twice, as well, despite Tebow-level intangibles.
I think Kiper is right. A lot can change in seven weeks, but gun to my head, I'd bet against the Bills taking a quarterback at No. 3. That's today. I'll likely feel differently tomorrow.