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With their third and final pick on the first day of the 2007 NFL Draft (#92 overall), the Buffalo Bills selected Stanford QB Trent Edwards. This pick is a bit surprising in the sense that the team's need at QB is minimal; J.P. Losman emerged last season and has a lock on the starting job, and Craig Nall has promise as a backup. Despite the lack of need at QB, I really, really like this pick, for a variety of reasons.
First thing's first: this guy is the prototypical NFL quarterback. He's got great size (6'4", 231) and is very agile - he runs a 4.71 40-yard dash. He never had a good supporting cast at Stanford and much like Jay Cutler last year played on a bunch of terrible teams. But this guy has a good arm, he works hard and he's a smart, high-character individual.
This gives the Bills some options at QB heading into the future. It will take a minimum of two years to develop a guy like Edwards. Keep in mind also that as good as Losman performed in the second half of last season, he was not brought in by this regime. Losman, while displaying great promise, has not proven himself as a winner at this level yet. Drafting Edwards allows the Bills to develop him while letting Losman run the offense - if J.P. becomes a star, the Bills will have a good young QB to use as trade bait (a la Matt Schaub); if Losman falters, they have a QB with 2 years in their system to step in.
Very interesting pick, and one that I don't think any Bills fan could have seen coming. But I love Edwards as a prospect and think he has a bright future. Please leave your comments on Edwards below.
That's a wrap on Day One here at Buffalo Rumblings. I'll be back early tomorrow morning with interviews from SB Nation's Cal and PSU bloggers in regards to Lynch and Posluszny! Very valuable information here - you won't want to miss it!