In this time heading up to the draft I have seen numerous heated debates about Buffalo's top positional needs and were they slot into Buffalo's perceived draft board. A frequent argument I see is that Buffalo needs an elite passing attack in the modern NFL to win, and should take the top WR or TE at #9 to make the jump in the passing game.
Looking back at the regular season stats for the QBs who won the Superbowl since 2000, only 3 threw for over 4000 yards and only 2 threw for 30 plus TDs the season they won the Super Bowl. Only one of those teams, the 2006 Colts, would I consider as having an elite set of WRs. Most of the winning teams had a QB who limits turnovers on a balanced offense, and a solid play making defense. Most teams also only had only one play maker at the WR position to go along with multiple role players made better by strong QB play. So this begs the question, Does Buffalo need an elite passing attack to win? If not, then investing heavily in offensive skill position players in the early rounds seems to be a waste. If EJ Manuel develops then our current skills position players should be sufficient. If he doesn't develop then any playmaker we take at #9 would likely be wasted, and by the time we get another QB in and developed we will be looking for more offensive play makers once again. I think we would be better served continuing to stack talent on the offensive line and at all levels of the defense. Let me know if you think investing early picks to attempt to make the passing attack elite is worth it or should the Bills focus elsewhere?
Regular Season Passing Yards and TDs for Super Bowl Winning QBs Since 2000.
Year - Player - Yards - TDs
2013 - Russell Wilson - 3357 - 26
2012 - Joe Flacco - 3817 - 22
2011 - Eli Manning - 4933 - 29
2010 - Aaron Rodgers - 3922 - 28
2009 - Drew Brees - 4388 - 34
2008 - Ben Roethlisberger - 3301 - 17
2007 - Eli Manning - 3336 and 23
2006 - Peyton Manning - 4397 - 31
2005 - Ben Roethlisberger - 2385 - 17
2004 - Tom Brady - 3692 - 28
2003 - Tom Brady - 3620 - 23
2002 - Brad Johnson - 3049 - 22
2001 - Tom Brady - 2843 - 18
2000 - Trent Dilfer - 1502 - 12