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Buddy Nix: Perfect time for Bills to draft a quarterback

Blaine Gabbert

Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert laughs with his former teammates during the spring NCAA college football scrimmage game Saturday, April 16, 2011, in Columbia. Mo. Gabbert is expected to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)


Bills General Manager Buddy Nix is talking like a man who wants to take a quarterback with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.

“There’s no doubt it’s an important position,” Nix said. “It’s a quarterback-driven league. But we think that we’re in a good position. And actually, as hard as it is to say when you’ve got other needs it’s probably the perfect time to take a quarterback.”

Nix agrees with the speculation that the 2011 draft could feature even more quarterbacks in the first round than the record six in 1983, saying there could be “a record number” of quarterbacks taken in the first round.

If the Bills do draft a quarterback, it will be either Auburn’s Cam Newton or Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. At the moment it appears that Newton will go first overall to the Panthers and Gabbert will still be available. Nix said the Bills have “always been high” on Gabbert.

So third overall next Thursday might be the perfect time to take him.