The Buffalo Bills drafted nine new football players in the 2011 NFL Draft, and none of them were quarterbacks. You don't need me to tell you that the absence of a rookie quarterback means that Ryan Fitzpatrick now has the full faith of the Bills' front office, at least for the next calendar year. Bills GM Buddy Nix addressed the fact that the team didn't add a quarterback on Saturday afternoon.
"We said all along that we wanted to try and get a franchise guy that would be around eight or ten years, and very quickly we didn't feel that good about that," Nix said. "We can help our team in a lot of other ways, so we didn't do it."
Nix and company had an opportunity to select three quarterbacks that eventually became Top 12 picks: Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder. Nix did admit that Gabbert would have gotten serious consideration had Marcell Dareus not been on the board. He also says that the team must add a quarterback via free agency.
"We're still going to try and do that," Nix said. "We're going to get one. Obviously we're not going into the season with two quarterbacks, so we'll have another one."