I've been thinking a lot about the latest information coming about about OBD interest in Ponder. Lots of sources have linked him to us, then Andre Reed tweets that he can't wait to announce his name, then more rumors about us trading back up into the first to get him. What if all of that is just smokescreen from OBD? While I do believe that the Bills would have interest in Ponder, what I find REALLY hard to believe is that they would let Reed know about that interest. And even if they did, Andre can't be dumb enough to tweet that information for the entire world to see (at least I hope he's not that dumb). And OBD doesn't seem to be leaking news all over the place like in past years, so it surprises me that so much information about Ponder has managed to escape OBD.
So, does that smell fishy to anyone else? I was trying to think about why they'd leak this (mis)information.
1. One thought is that they really want Gabbert at 3 and are scared someone might jump ahead of them with Denver's pick. Leaking this information could lead Cincy or Arizona to stay put and think we'll pass on Gabbert.
2. My second thought is that they want to create the illusion that they are highly interested in trading up for a QB in round 1 to start an early run on QBs. That would help some of the top defensive talent (or offensive tackle) slide to us at 34.
3. Or, they may really be interested in a different QB like Mallett, Kaepernick or Dalton. Creating a buzz about Ponder could possibly encourage someone to jump in front of us to take Ponder when we are targeting a different QB the whole time.
So, what do you think is the reason for the information leak regarding Ponder?