According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, even though the Bills selected E.J. Manuel in the first-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, they should still consider the possibility of grabbing another quarterback prospect in this year’s draft.
“No matter how sincerely the Bills believe they nailed last year’s first-round draft choice – and there’s little proof of that yet – they should find a way to double down on the most critical position,” Graham writes. “The Bills can’t move forward as a franchise until they have a quarterback, and ignoring the very real possibility that Manuel won’t pan out would be reckless. The Bills can’t afford to coddle Manuel simply because he was their first-round pick last year.”
Earlier this week, Manuel told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he underwent a “minor procedure” on his knee following the season. He finished his rookie season with 1,972 yards passing and 11 touchdowns to go along with nine interceptions for the Bills over the course of 10 games.
“The Bills don’t know substantially more about their quarterback situation today than they did 10 months ago,” writes Graham. “Manuel’s first impression was mediocre, with intermittent spurts of radiance and occasional splatters.”
While it’s hard to imagine the Bills using their first-round pick on a quarterback for the second straight year, there is always a chance that they could consider some like a Jimmy Garoppolo in the middle rounds of the draft.
It’s worth noting that the Bills have Thad Lewis under contract for the 2014 season at a very reasonable salary of $645,000, so they Bills do have a serviceable back up option.
We have the Bills selecting Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack at No. 9 overall in our recently updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft.