Inside The Bills

Gailey on draft outlook

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2011 – 10:04 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey appeared on WNSP radio this morning down in Mobile, Alabama as they get set to welcome him and Bills coaching staff for the Senior Bowl. Gailey was asked about Buffalo’s draft outlook holding the third pick overall.

Gailey made it clear that with a 4-12 team they’re leaving all options open.

“I think we have to continue to evaluate our team,” he said. “There’s a lot up in the air right now with free agency and how that’s going to work. You combine what you have now and the evaluation of those guys and then you look at what you can do in free agency and that dictates a little bit about the direction you’ll go in the draft. Obviously if you pick third you’re not good enough anywhere where you can afford to say you don’t need that position. You need every position.”

So the follow up to that answer was how do the Bills draw the line between what you need in terms of position and what’s available. Here was Gailey’s response.

“Like I said before when you’re picking third that means you’re not very good so there are a lot of spots you can get better,” he said. “You don’t say to yourself, ‘We don’t need that.’ There might be some areas where you think you have a little bit more of a need. Now if you have a great player that’s going to be great for many years you have to still take a look at it and consider it.”

So what Gailey said seems to be consistent with what he stated in local radio interviews last week. When he appeared on WHTK in Rochester last week, Buffalo’s head coach would not rule out taking quarterback at third overall that might not help them on the field right away, but will be a great player for a long time when he does get on the field.

“We’re sitting there with the third pick in the draft this year,” said Gailey on WHTK. “If there is a franchise guy, I’m talking about a guy that can be the guy for six, eight, 10, 12 years then you’ve got to consider it. Even if Fitz starts for the next two years and you have to develop him, you still have to consider it. I know Buddy (Nix) and I are in this thing for the long term. We’re not just looking for the quick fix, what can we do to win this year no matter what. It’s about what the best decision is long term for the Buffalo Bills.”

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