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  • Blaine Gabbert To Bills-Say It Ain't So!

    The chatter is getting crazy out there as we're hours away from the start of the draft. Despite a perceived lack of interest this year due to labor strife, social media are allowing statements to fly at warp speed.

    What's true, and what's not?!

    The latest buzz surrounds the Bills interest in Blaine Gabbert. Listen Bills, on the heels of a lost decade(and we won't get into the lousy first round picks), and the Sabres elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs two nights ago, the good people of Buffalo can't take any more.

    DON'T DRAFT BLAINE GABBERT!

    Too many other glaring needs. You're not going to fix this mess in one year anyway. Most likely, you'll be drafting in the top 10 next year with a deeper QB class and a rookie wage scale.

    Gabbert may develop into a fine NFL QB one day. Buffalo doesn't have the luxury to find out. Besides, can a guy who lost to Navy, 35-13, in a bowl game, expect to be the savior of the Bills? Here's his statline from that game:

    15/31 291 yds 48.8% 1 TD 2 INT ( TD pass was a 58 yd slant and run)
    9 carries -24 yds -2.7 yds/carry

    Now don't get me wrong, I love Navy and they're a tough match up for a lot of teams, but Cam Newton never loses to Navy, under any circumstances.

    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      if they really like Gabbert, why not? Better to get him in and get a year under him now, than having a rookie QB for 2012.
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Put me on the side that considers this subterfuge. They are trying to bait the Bengals or Cardinals into trading up 1 or 2 picks. It's a long shot, but why not try. If the Bills can somehow con the Bengals into moving up 1 spot, the Bills still get their player (either Dareus or Miller, depending on who the Broncos take), pick up and extra 3rd or 4th round pick for absolutely nothing and save money on the player's contract.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Phil, I hope that Buddy Nix agrees with you. When a team's entire defense is horrible and when the best thing you can say about a team's offensive line is that none of the tackles are in prison, they'd better put some building blocks in place.

      You mentioned the bad drafts - the Bills might have been in a position to grab a young QB to develop if successive GMs hadn't merely printed up some 15 year old fans' Mock Draft off the internet and used that as research.

      If, if, if...
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Andy - hope that happens. The Bills need starters and back-ups at many positions. The more bodies they can get their hands on, the better.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Andy, you're applying logic. Buffalo has for the better part of my graying years been a suckhole for smarts. They show up and get whisked away by the universe, to be replaced by Aaron Maybin.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottDCP View Post
      Andy, you're applying logic. Buffalo has for the better part of my graying years been a suckhole for smarts. They show up and get whisked away by the universe, to be replaced by Aaron Maybin.
      Physicists have long theorized the existence of the Buffa Hole. It's gravity is so weak it ejects most football fans into the cosmos, but it's incongruously strong electomagnetic force sucks in other fans (those with a certain type of nickel in their pockets), where their hopes and dreams are crushed. It was thought that at it's center was a singularity, but it is now known there are two singularities at it's core, one being in Toronto.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
      Put me on the side that considers this subterfuge. They are trying to bait the Bengals or Cardinals into trading up 1 or 2 picks. It's a long shot, but why not try. If the Bills can somehow con the Bengals into moving up 1 spot, the Bills still get their player (either Dareus or Miller, depending on who the Broncos take), pick up and extra 3rd or 4th round pick for absolutely nothing and save money on the player's contract.
      May not work with the Cards, who are said to have a wink-nod with Marc Bulger.
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      It's weird but the closer the draft gets, the more leary I am of draft mocking QBs with high picks. This group of QBs is just completely average IMO. This year is the type of year to focus building your team around other positions, namely offense and defensive lines.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Ripperlicious View Post
      It's weird but the closer the draft gets, the more leary I am of draft mocking QBs with high picks. This group of QBs is just completely average IMO. This year is the type of year to focus building your team around other positions, namely offense and defensive lines.
      You're bucking the tide, Rip. This piece on PFT blew my mind.....http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...cks-in-top-12/
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      I am already writing a joke for if/when this happens.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bluestree View Post
      You're bucking the tide, Rip. This piece on PFT blew my mind.....http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...cks-in-top-12/

      Bluestree, that PFT article you referenced only has Rich Gosselin's top 12 picks. This guy is the supposedly most accurate draft prognosticator.

      Here is Gosselin's full first round mock draft:

      1. Carolina - Cam Newton
      2. Denver - Von Miller
      3. Buffalo - Marcell Dareus
      4. Cincy - A.J. Green
      5. Arizona - Patrick Peterson
      6. Cleveland - Julio Jones
      7. San Fran - Blaine Gabbert
      8. Tennessee - Jake Locker
      9. Dallas - Tyron Smith
      10. Washington - Christian Ponder
      11. Houston - Aldon Smith
      12. Minnesota - Andy Dalton
      13. Detroit - Nick Fairley
      14. St. Louis - Mark Ingram
      15. Miami - Mike Pouncey
      16. Jacksonville - Ryan Kerrigan
      17. New England - Cam Jordan
      18. San Diego - Corey Liuget
      19. New York Giants - Nate Solder
      20. Tampa Bay - Robert Quinn
      21. KC - Gabe Carimi
      22. Indy - Anthony Castonzo
      23. Philly - Jimmy Smith
      24. New Orleans - Adrian Clayborn
      25. Seattle - Prince Amukamara
      26. Baltimore - JJ Watt
      27. Atlanta - Phil Taylor
      28. New England - Danny Watkins
      29. Chicago - Marvin Austin
      30. New York Jets - Derrick Sherrod
      31. Pittsburgh - Cameron Heyward
      32. Green Bay - Aaron Williams

      Nick Fairley to the Lions?
    1. Skycatch's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Polishguy00 View Post
      I am already writing a joke for if/when this happens.
      Cris asked the question several days ago. If Gabbert is there at No.4, don't the Bengals have to take him? I say yes, risks and all. They have come to a very thorny place. It is a very difficult decision, but I don't see how they can pass on the high draft choice, quarterback need lines intersecting. Although, what the hell, the way things are going, maybe we can just draft Luck next year.

      Anyway, I don't think we can just sit there, with a bunch of wishful thinking about who we're going to get in the second. I want AJ Green, too. It would at least make sure Chad is gone. But I can't see how they can take a chance. If Newton and Gabbert are both gone, then it changes things.

      Carson's move is really still screwing us. Really, it would have been nice to take Green, and then the best offensive lineman in the second. Best safety in the third. If-dog-rabbit, you know.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      Bluestree, that PFT article you referenced only has Rich Gosselin's top 12 picks. Nick Fairley to the Lions?
      How about Andy Dalton to the Vikes at 12? Add Fairley to your Dline and you can beat him like a red headed step qb!
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bluestree View Post
      You're bucking the tide, Rip. This piece on PFT blew my mind.....http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...cks-in-top-12/
      Yeah, but Phil's Blaine Gabbert statline vs. Navy just spooked me. I mean, Gabbert didn't have even good numbers for the year and he's supposedly the guy with the least amount of question marks? How about this question mark: Where's the production?
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      Bluestree, that PFT article you referenced only has Rich Gosselin's top 12 picks. This guy is the supposedly most accurate draft prognosticator.

      Here is Gosselin's full first round mock draft:

      1. Carolina - Cam Newton
      2. Denver - Von Miller
      3. Buffalo - Marcell Dareus
      4. Cincy - A.J. Green
      5. Arizona - Patrick Peterson
      6. Cleveland - Julio Jones
      7. San Fran - Blaine Gabbert
      8. Tennessee - Jake Locker
      9. Dallas - Tyron Smith
      10. Washington - Christian Ponder
      11. Houston - Aldon Smith
      12. Minnesota - Andy Dalton
      13. Detroit - Nick Fairley
      14. St. Louis - Mark Ingram
      15. Miami - Mike Pouncey
      16. Jacksonville - Ryan Kerrigan
      17. New England - Cam Jordan
      18. San Diego - Corey Liuget
      19. New York Giants - Nate Solder
      20. Tampa Bay - Robert Quinn
      21. KC - Gabe Carimi
      22. Indy - Anthony Castonzo
      23. Philly - Jimmy Smith
      24. New Orleans - Adrian Clayborn
      25. Seattle - Prince Amukamara
      26. Baltimore - JJ Watt
      27. Atlanta - Phil Taylor
      28. New England - Danny Watkins
      29. Chicago - Marvin Austin
      30. New York Jets - Derrick Sherrod
      31. Pittsburgh - Cameron Heyward
      32. Green Bay - Aaron Williams

      Nick Fairley to the Lions?
      Wow.
      Amukamara doesn't go until #25, 2 pick AFTER Jimmy Smith.
      Robert Quinn doesn't go until #20.
      Aldon Smith before Cameron Jordan.
      No Da'Quan Bowers in the 1st.
      5 QBs in the top 12.
      Mark Ingram #14 to the Rams.
      Solder before Carimi or Castonzo.

      I know there will be surprises, but not this many. I'm saying no more than 2 of those things happen.
    1. dandrea's Avatar
      all it really takes is one team to make a stretch with a QB and the rest could get nervous. if Tenn takes locker, there could be a crazy run of picks and/or trades. everyone wants them some 4th round QB talent!!
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bluestree View Post
      How about Andy Dalton to the Vikes at 12? Add Fairley to your Dline and you can beat him like a red headed step qb!
      If Fairley ended up being the stud he could be, that dline wouyld be goddamm terrifying.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      If Fairley ended up being the stud he could be, that dline wouyld be goddamm terrifying.
      They're already scary. Nothing wrong with building on your strength, though. If he was the best available, I'd do it, but if there was a comparably talented backer or corner, I'd go that way probably.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      I think they should get a QB this year as Cris said in previous posts but not in the First Round. I think the Bills have something Good with Fitzpatrick and should stick with who they have now.
    1. DannyMilk's Avatar
      I lived my entire life in Chicago..still here...I have NEVER feared Detroit more than now...sure, they were solid with Mitchell, Moore and Sanders...but with them getting Fairley........I'm straight up frightened