The 2017 NFL Draft class has been particularly hard to gauge especially when it comes to projecting landing spots for the top quarterback prospects.
Despite that, though, one GM told NFL.com’s Charley Casserly that the top two quarterbacks could already be off the board by the time the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 10.
“I had a general manager tell me that two quarterbacks will be taken before the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 10,” said NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly. “Two quarterbacks in the top nine. That’d be a shocker.”
Teams reaching for quarterbacks is nothing new, though. EJ Manuel was taken in the first round, so were Christian Ponder, Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow. This comes at a time when there has been a string of successes finding quarterbacks in later rounds, too.
Seattle found Russell Wilson in the third round and the Cowboys found Dak Prescott in the fourth.
This year, Miami’s Brad Kaaya could be the late-round find and many are also high on Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs as a mid-round target.
With Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson the agreed top quarterback prospects in this draft, that means the Bills wouldn’t get their guy. The Bills have expressed sizable interest in Watson throughout the offseason and might end up having to deal away some of their depth to move up and get him.
These are the kind of moves that potentially put a franchise in jeopardy for years to come.