ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It's a question on the minds of many who follow the Bills, and it was the first question asked of general manager Buddy Nix on Tuesday.
Is there a quarterback worthy of the Bills' 8th overall pick in the first round?
"You know I think there is, and also, I've said from day one, this quarterback class is better than everybody thinks it is. It's better than the publicity they get."
The Bills have had workouts or visits with several of the top QB prospects, including the likes of West Virginia's Geno Smith, USC's Matt Barkley, and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, who played under Bills' head coach Doug Marrone in college.
One should be cautious about information teams dish out to the media prior to the draft, but Nix says there's at least a handful of quarterbacks in this class who can be successful, and some could turn out to be cornerstone players.
"This is not a standard answer, I've said this from the start, that two or three of these guys will be franchise quarterbacks, I believe that. You look back at last year and the year before - Russell Wilson (Seattle, 3rd round 2012) and Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco, 2nd round 2011) - right now if you were drafting you'd take them first, you'd take them in the top five.
"The jury's out on this (year's) group but they do enough good things, if you do what they do best you can win with them."
Nix said the recent signing of quarterback Kevin Kolb won't change the Bills strategy heading into the draft. He did say it does help him sleep better at night knowing there are veteran options with experience on the roster, whether they select a quarterback or not.
YNN Sports will have much more on individual prospects leading up the draft, April 25-27.