The waiting game

The weeks leading up to the NFL Draft are going to feel like an eternity

Howard Simon
March 09, 2018 - 9:53 am

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The 2018 NFL Draft is seven weeks away and I'm telling you, I'm not going to make it. Will the Buffalo Bills draft a quarterback in the first round? Will they need to move up to get the quarterback they might want? Will they have enough to get high enough to take said quarterback? These are the questions that keep me awake at night.

But my stress level is hitting new heights thanks to people who are afraid to use a first round pick on a quarterback, or would be open to that idea but are freaking out over the prospect of what the Bills would give up to move up.

If you fall into either one of those groups, my guess is you subscribe to one of the following theories:

  1. Quarterback is a very big decision and the wrong choice can hurt your franchise for a while.
  2. Drafting a quarterback who turns out to be successful is a 50-50 proposition.
  3. The Bills have so many other holes they should look to add more picks and not deal any away.

All valid points to make, but it's time for the Bills to "(you know what) or get off the pot." Sometimes, you have to take chances in life and, for a multitude of reasons, this is the time for the Bills to take that chance.

There is clearly a need at the position. Even if you are a fan of Tyrod Taylor, I would hope you'd be willing to agree that the Bills can get better at that position.  

The Bills don't find themselves in an enviable draft position, but they do find themselves with extra draft capital thanks to an additional pick in both the first and second round.

You might be thinking there's too much competition out there and too many teams ahead of the Bills in the draft order for them to be able to pull this off. 

While there are a number of teams looking for a quarterback this off season (Cleveland, Denver, N.Y. Jets, Arizona are all in the top-15), the market is filled with options.

Between free agents, trade possibilities and draft prospects, there are a host of candidates. 

The Bills don't have to worry about making offseason decisions based on ending the drought as soon as possible. The black cloud is no longer sitting over Orchard Park, so this is a perfect time to identify and bring in a quarterback you hope will be the long term answer.

The Bills do, indeed, have plenty of other holes to fill this offseason, including in no particular order: wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker. They can use a couple more cornerbacks and an upgrade on the offensive line would be nice too.

But lets face it: If you want to win in the NFL, if you want long term success, if you want to be a serious Super Bowl contender on an annual basis, you better have a real answer at quarterback.

As a Bills fan, aren't your tired of watching one of the worst passing offenses in the league season after season? Aren't your tired of envying other teams when they get their talented, young quarterback? You know that bad feeling you get in your stomach when the Bills are behind in a game and have to rely on their passing game to pull out a win and you think, "Yeah, this isn't going to happen". How many times have you finished watching the Bills game, then turn on another game and think to yourself, "So that's what a real passing offense looks like"?

Sure, you could play it safe. You can wait and hope the quarterback you like is still on the board at 21. Or you could think there's a quarterback in round two who maybe we can develop. You can decide to stick it out with Taylor for another season, use your picks on other positions and hold off on drafting a quarterback all together. 

It's time for the Bills to swing for the fences and not be worried about failure while seeking greatness. Seven more weeks.

This is even worse than when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. That's only six more weeks of winter.

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