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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane looking beyond 2018 when drafting

The brass don’t want to pick players to fit one particular scheme

NCAA Football: Fresno State at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s been one consistency in the Buffalo Bills organization since head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane have taken over the reigns, it’s been the emphasis on culture and continuity. Sure, every football coach talks about wanting to install a “winning culture,” but with these two it’s a staple in their vocabularies.

Beane hinted toward that a little more on Wednesday afternoon. The general manager was asked a question surrounding the importance of a fit between coordinator/ offensive scheme and the quarterbacks on their roster. This was his response.

“We’re looking for good football players at every position,” said Beane. “Yes, coaches move on. So we’ve got to draft a good football player who fits the Buffalo Bills. You’re exactly right, Brian could be a head coach somewhere. Yeah, I’m not just going to draft a guy who only fits what Coach Daboll does.”

Daboll has most recently used a mobile quarterback in his time as offensive coordinator of Alabama, so some would think that would make it more understandable to keep QB Tyrod Taylor. However, Beane’s comments show they want to get the best player regardless of what scheme they generically fit into. If they player is talented enough, coaches can build a scheme around him.

Beane also mentioned that UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen will be one of the 30 individual team visits that the NFL allows with teams and prospects before the NFL Draft. Rosen isn’t really thought of as a running QB, In his three years as a starter at UCLA, his total rushing yards was -153. It’s safe to say a scheme for a mobile QB won’t suit Rosen well.