Since Jim Kelly hung up his cleats following the 1996 season, the Bills have experimented with ten different signal callers. Some have been serviceable (Bledsoe, Fitzpatrick), others exciting (Flutie), but the vast majority have been dreadful. If you're looking to ruin someone's day in Erie County, just drop the name Rob Johnson. The Bills traded away the 9th pick in the 1998 draft to acquire Johnson from Jacksonville. The Jags ended up with Fred Taylor, a borderline hall of famer, and the Bills ended up with a disaster under center. Not only did Johnson under-perform on the field, he also kept Doug Flutie on the bench. The Bills replicated their draft day disaster in 2004 when they traded up for J.P. Losman, a player who merely hangs his hat on being one of the ten best quarterbacks in Tulane history. Since then the Bills have been a bit gunshy when it comes to drafting QBs.
Buddy Nix, the Bills general manager, has said on numerous occasions that they're targeting a QB in this draft. Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith have all been linked to the Bills at times this off-season, with the option of trading up for a second first round selection on the table. Here are a few selections/trades we may see tonight from the Bills:
Rd. 1, 8th overall (Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib)
Rd. 1, 22nd overall acquired from St. Louis (Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley)
Rd. 1, 25th overall acquired from Minnesota (Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley)