Inside The Bills

Whaley on drafting, evaluating QBs

Posted by johnmurphyshow on November 28, 2012 – 8:28 pm

The Bills have said it several times–they’re interested in drafting and developing a quarterback.  And the man on the front lines of that effort is Assistant GM Doug Whaley, also the team’s Director of Player Personnel.

Whaley was a guest on The John Murphy Show Wednesday night, and he talked about some of the top quarterback prospects in next April’s NFL Draft.

“I think there’s a nice complement of quarterbacks, each with special qualities,” Whaley told John Murphy.  ” You’ve got E.J. Manuel at Florida State;   you’ve got Landry Jones at Oklahoma, Matt Barkley at USC.  You’ve got a guy at Miami of Ohio, Zac  Dysert, and you’ve got a guy at Southern Utah (Brad Sorensen).”

“So there’s a bunch of guys out there that have something that you have to really delve into and look at it.”

Whaley has spent most of the last three months scouting college talent around the country.  He focuses on the top prospects available in the draft while the team’s regional scouts concentrate on the talent in their own area.  And Whaley says scouting quarterback talent is especially difficult.

“Honestly, the QB position is the hardest position to really put your finger on and say, ‘yes, this guy’s’ going to make it,” Whaley says.   “I believe there’s a lot of different factors that come into it—intelligence, leadership qualities, and just make up, mental make up.  I think a thing that a lot of good quarterbacks have are two qualities—they can make other people around them better. And in certain situations, they thrive, they have competitive leadership.  They’re fighting to make the play, they look around and say, don’t worry about, I got it.  I’m a competitor, I’m going to make this play or put you in position to make a play.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7pm-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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