A short time ago, the 93 year old Ralph Wilson Jr. mandated that the Bills would select a quarterback with the 3rd overall pick in this year’s draft.
The news wasn’t too shocking, given Wilson’s history of desperation to win a Superbowl in his lifetime.Bills forums erupted at the news, in fear that freak of nature Cam Newton would be Ralph’s quarterback of choice. While highly talented, Newton is far from NFL ready, and hasn’t shown enough to be even remotely worthy of that high a draft pick.
When Wilson makes up his mind, he is like a dog with a bone. He never, never let’s go. His decisions may as well be released to the public on concrete slabs. However, in a twist of personality, he recently backed off his mandate.
It’s great news for the fans, and for the team. The 2011 draft class is a remarkably weak one in the QB department, and even the best options – Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton – have major flaws and will have to be groomed for a long time.
In any event, the Bills will select a signal caller at some point of the draft. Even if they choose not to upgrade over Ryan Fitzpatrick, they still need a reliable back-up to replace Brian Brohm and Levi Brown. Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey had a great opportunity to scout for the position in the past week, as Gailey was selected as a coach for the Senior Bowl.
That being said, here’s a cheat sheet of 2 project quarterbacks in this draft that the Bills should be interested in (both of which were participants in the Senior Bowl):
Mike Mayock from the NFL Network said this after watching Kaepernick throw: “It’s like watching Nolan Ryan.”
He is an intriguing prospect behind center for the Bills. From Scout.com:
|Threw for 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Named honorable mention all conference. MVP of the Central California Conference, 1st Team All Conference QB, Academic All Conference, and was a Wendy’s High school Heisman finalist for Calif. in 2005. Had 25 TD’s Passing, 6 INT’s, 2 TD’s rushing, 1918 yards passing on 111 of 184 (60.3%) as a senior.|
At 6’6″ and 225 lbs, he has some filling out to do. He is also loaded with raw talent, with a rocket arm and fast legs. Essentially he is a skinnier version of Cam Newton, and will likely be picked where Newton should be.
The Bills have an opportunity to trade down from the 3rd slot, and perhaps pick up Kaepernick with a couple extra draft picks to bolster their O and D lines. Or, they can use the 3rd pick on a talent like Green or Peterson and trade up to nab Kaepernick.
He’s a natural leader, a smart football player, and is very coachable. And he has a strong swagger about him.
Joe Buscaglia of WGR 55 was able to cover the Senior Bowl week, and wrote a few articles in which he notes how impressive Kaeps is, and how he should be an ideal fit for the Bills.
Aside from that accomplishment, Chan Gailey helped to recruit him out of high school. Chan still likes Ponder, noting his football IQ, strong arm, and ability to deliver the deep pass. He will be the best QB product to ever come out of Florida State.
|School: Florida State
Definition: Pocket PasserCareer Stats: 666 P-Att 412 P-Cmp 61.9% Cmp 4,828 P-Yrds 29 Tds 22 Int’s 6.79 YPCStrengths
Cool in The Pocket/Doesn’t Rush Throws
Good Arm Strength