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Nix: A 1st round QB is not an automatic

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2012 – 6:04 pm

A few weeks ago Bills GM Buddy Nix said they would look to land a franchise caliber quarterback in this coming spring’s NFL draft. However, he wanted to make it clear that Bills fans who are now expecting Buffalo to automatically draft a signal caller with their first-round draft choice in April are off the mark.

“I know we’ve discussed the quarterback many times,” said Nix in his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550. “The fans are so eager for us to make something happen and they’re not anymore eager than I am. They got the idea I think that we were automatically going to draft a quarterback in the first round. That’s not necessarily true.

“We’re going to always stay with the integrity of the board. We’re going to try to find a quarterback. If one is there and he’s rated at the right spot we’re going to take him wherever that is. I don’t want people to expect that no matter who is there in the first round we’re going to take a quarterback because that’s not true. We’ll still take the best player.”

Nix also outlined that they’ve come to realize that to get a quarterback they think highly of outside of the first round they might need to take such a prospect a round early since that’s what the rest of the league seems to be doing with quarterback prospects.

“I think quarterbacks go a round higher than you usually have them,” said Nix. “You look at a guy and you’ve done enough work on him and your scouts have done enough work and you really know where the guy should fall and you have a good idea on how long it’s going to take him (to be ready to start in the NFL), and that determines what round you take him. But quarterbacks are so scarce in this league that folks take them early and I think sometimes you’ve got to be willing to do that.”

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