Mike Rodak of ESPN.com writes that although there have been reports and speculation regarding the Bills possibly trading up in round one, they shouldn’t part with future draft compensation as they could be in the market for another quarterback next year.
According to Rodak, second-year QB E.J. Manual is already entering a “make-or-break” season with the Bills, despite the fact they used the No. 16 overall pick on him just last year.
“[If] Manuel continues his average to below-average play — or suffers another injury (or three, as he did last season) that muddles the picture — then the Bills will need to mull over their options,” Rodak writes. “Drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 draft should be on the table.”
Rodak mentions that it would make sense for the Bills to stay at No. 9 overall and either consider one of the best offensive tackle prospects or target an offensive weapon like UNC TE Eric Ebron or LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. to help Manuel.
It’s hard to argue that the Bills would be wise to hold on to future draft picks in the event that Manuel doesn’t show improvement in 2014 or continues to deal with injuries.
Last year, Manuel appeared in 10 games and completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,972 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 40 quarterback in the league out of 42 qualifying players.