Over the past 2 years many Bills fans have been screaming for the team to draft a real franchise Quarterback, and finally put us in the playoffs. 2 years ago most people wanted us to take either Bradford, Clausen, Tebow, or McCoy....this past year it was all about Newton, Gabbert, Locker, Ponder, and Kaepernick (maybe even a few Dalton lovers out there too). 2 years we have had an opportunity to draft at least 1 of these QB's from their respective drafts and for 2 years we have passed on that opportunity.
Now I don't really question Nix on that decision (yet), but it seems most likely that the Bills will be drafting their QB of the future in next year's NFL draft. Personally I would have liked for us to take one this year due to Fitz's contract being up and gaining a year or 2 of experience on the bench seems to benefit QB's more than throwing them in there as rookies (see Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers).
But here's a quote that I found very interesting from one of the best coaches to have coached the game. "There's nothing better for the development of a young quarterback than to give him a good tight end." That quote comes from Bill Cowher who last coached up Ben Rothlesberger. That got me thinking, the Bills had a good TE for Kelly, Flutie and Johnson had Riemersma who was an above average tight end, Bledsoe (although a vet) made good use of Campbell and Moore (he even had Riemersma for awhile too). But for a young QB a tight end seems so much more important and valuable. Having that big 6'4-6'7 security blanket, or buying the QB extra time with his pass blocking. In the redzone that target becomes even more valuable. Even lately many of the top QB's have above average to good TE's Rodgers has Finley, Manning has Clark, Ryan has Gonzalez, Rivers has Gates...the list goes on. In the case of Rodgers, Ryan, Rivers, Rothlesbergr all were young QB's with above average to good TE's.
Seems to me that if the Bills do decide to go QB in round 1 next year, then they need to make sure they get a good TE as well to help boost that quarterbacks success rate in round 2 or 3 then.