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Examining whether the Bills could go QB with third pick

Cam Newton, George Whitfield, Jr.

NFL draft prospect Cam Newton, right, looks to throw a pass as trainer George Whitfield, Jr., left, looks on during a football workout Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Park)


The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle asks a question Monday that we’ll probably discuss a lot more over the next few months. Should the Bills take a quarterback No. 3 overall?

This isn’t a year where there is a slam dunk pick that high. CBS’ Pete Prisco gave the Bills Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert at No. 3 in his latest mock draft, while’s Pat Kirwan believes Cam Newton is a more likely option.

“From everything I hear, G.M. Buddy Nix likes Cam Newton a great deal, and the Bills might very well be inclined to take him in the No. 3 slot,” Kirwan writes. “Now they also might be of the opinion they could wait to take him in the second round, and that might very well happen, too. But I think QB will be prominently on the Bills’ radar.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick was impressive in 2010, but coach Chan Gailey recognized the team will address the quarterback position at some point in the draft. Newton may be a better fit than Gabbert for Gailey’s offense; he often prizes running ability and versatility.

It seems safe to say Newton won’t last until the second round. The Bills, then, are stuck in an unenviable spot of many perennial losing franchises.

If they reach for a quarterback unworthy of such a high slot, the team will have to push reset again in five years.