Buffalo Bills: Quarterback
After shipping Tyrod Taylor off to the quarterback graveyard that is the Cleveland Browns, it appears that the Buffalo Bills are ready to target a quarteback early in the 2018 NFL Draft. The team’s trade of Cordy Glenn to the Bengals in order to move up in the first round is an indication that the team is positioning themselves to go get their next franchise quarterback come draft day.
Despite signing A.J. McCarron to a two-year, $10 million deal in free agency, the Bills could see him McCarron as more of a transition quarterback while they develop the signal-caller they end up selecting in the first round. General manager Brandon Beane has said that he doesn’t view McCarron as a “bridge,” however there’s no doubt that he wants to slow play however he views the quarterbacks in this class.
The Jets trading up to the third overall pick could present some problems for which quarterbacks will be available to Buffalo, even if they opt to package one or both of their first-round selections to move up further than they already have.
Buffalo has already met with a majority of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 class, with Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson all being distinct possibilities depending on who is available. A worst-case scenario would involve the Browns, Giants and Jets all taking quarterbacks at the top, meaning that the Bills could decide to shift gears and add depth on the offensive line while saving space for a developmental quarterback with their second pick in the first round.