Head coaches live and die by their quarterbacks in the NFL and that means the position is constantly talked about. Mike Shanahan was an icon in Denver when he won two Super Bowls with John Elway but has been depicted as a grumpy old man being run out of town after his failure with Robert Griffin III.
Given how important quarterback is in the NFL, it should come as no surprise that teams are always thinking about adding talent at the position. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers demonstrated the strengths and weakness of backup quarterbacks, so even teams with a solid starter may need help.
One team looking at possibly drafting another quarterback is Buffalo Bills. They took E.J. Manuel rather high in 2013, meaning they won’t be drafting a quarterback high again, but beat writer Tim Graham says the Bills need to consider the power of a franchise quarterback and the fact that Manuel may not be it.
The Bills own the ninth overall draft choice. The top prospects, Texas A&M daredevil Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville and Blake Bortles of Central Florida, all could be off the board by the time the Bills pick.
When it comes to landing a franchise quarterback, the Bills should consider all options – even if that means trading up.
It’s unlikely that the Bills will use a high draft pick on a quarterback, but Manuel is coming off of knee surgery and will be confined to an RGIII style knee brace in 2014. The Bills mobile quarterback isn’t so mobile anymore and that was his primary selling point when drafted.