ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 06: General Manager Doug Whaley walks off the field before the game against the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Is drafting a quarterback every year until they find a franchise QB the right move for the Bills?
It's a question posed seemingly every year.
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And, it’s at the forefront of the discussion again in 2017 with uncertainty under center beyond this season. And, of course, with Owner Terry Pegula hopping on his private jet for workouts all over the country.
Well, since 2000 Buffalo has drafted just 5 quarterbacks:
J.P. Losman (2004, 1st round) Trent Edwards (2007, 3rd round) Levi Brown (2010, 7th round) EJ Manuel (2013, 1st round) Cardale Jones (2016, 4th round)
But, compared to the rest of the NFL, since 2000, the Bills have selected the third-fewest QBs.
The Jets have selected 10...tied for the most...and the fire from MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands can be seen from the International Space Station.
The Patriots? They've drafted nine signal callers, including Matt Cassel who was supposed to win the starting job in Buffalo two years ago, only to lose out to Tyrod Taylor.
New England also struck gold with Tom Brady – who maybe more closely associated with the 17-year playoff drought than any other QB Buffalo has selected since the turn of the century.
While the Bills have been linked to the top four quarterback prospects in this year’s draft, though they’ve proven their worth in college, success isn’t guaranteed for them or an NFL franchise.