Monday, March 18, 2013
Will Buffalo take Geno?
By Tim Kavanagh
Throughout the 2012 season, Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix continued to drop hints that the team would be using a high draft pick on a quarterback during the 2013 offseason. So it wasn't all that surprising when the club elected to release Ryan Fitzpatrick last week, nor has it been surprising to hear Buffalo linked to any of the available QB prospects in terms of their first-round pick (No. 8 overall). Will that pick be used on WVU's Geno Smith?
In the opinion of Leo Roth of the Democrat and Chronicle, there's no question: the Bills should target Smith, and potentially trade up to ensure that no one ahead of them lands him first. Roth believes that Oakland (at No. 3) and Arizona (at No. 7) could also be interested, and we've also heard a lot of buzz on Philadelphia (No. 4) being interested in Smith as their long-term answer at the position.
We know that Buffalo is at least somewhat interested, as they had representatives in attendance at Smith's pro day, and they'll meet with him on Friday, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Here's ESPN AFC East blogger James Walker's take on the situation:
James WalkerWill the Bills draft Smith?
"I've said all offseason there isn't a quarterback in this draft I would take in the top 10. However, desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Bills find themselves with only Tarvaris Jackson as the potential starter. If the top-rated quarterback is on the board, the Bills have to consider it based simply on need."