ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bills GM Doug Whaley planted plenty of draft possibilities inside everyone’s brains Friday, from trades to potential first-round targets. The misdirection was all part of the plan.
One item the staff seems to agree on, is the availability of five or six “elite” prospects in this year’s draft. With the Bills picking ninth, they may have to trade up in order to get one.
“We’ll sit down with Russ and Coach and all these guys and Jim Overdorf and we’ll say, ‘Does this make sense? Does this make us a better team? Does this get us to the playoffs?’ If it does and we’re all on board because it’s a team effort, we’ll do it,” said Whaley.
At the same time, Whaley expressed hope that a few quarterbacks will go off the board early in the draft, allowing some of those players to slide down to the #9 slot.
As for the Bills’ chances of drafting a quarterback, Whaley wouldn’t rule out the possibility, but also made it clear that EJ Manuel will be the starter no matter what, and the team is building with that in mind.
“We’re going to give every avenue and every piece of the puzzle to surround EJ and make him as successful as possible. Again, what we did this offseason affords us the opportunity to go any way and every way in this draft. Our main focus is making sure EJ progresses,” said Whaley.