With the NFL draft right before our eyes, it’s time for the Buffalo Bills to seriously consider who they should draft with the 50th overall pick. Looking at their current roster, there is no doubt that they are in need of an upgrade at the quarterback position, and there will be some options for Bills general manager Doug Whaley if he elects to go this path.
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Bryce Petty throws a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Aside from Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, there isn’t any other quarterbacks worthy of being selected in the first round. With that being said, there is still some solid talent to be found in the second round. Quarterbacks Garret Grayson from Colorado State, Bryce Petty from Baylor, and Brett Hundley from UCLA, are all viable candidates for the Bills to select with the 50th overall pick.
An interesting candidate the Bills may consider taking is Hundley. At 6’3” and 226 pounds, Hundley possesses ideal size to be a starting quarterback at the NFL level. This past season, he had very impressive numbers, as he threw for 3155 yards with 22 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions. He also added 644 yards on the ground with ten rushing touchdowns.
There is no doubt that Hundley is a dual threat quarterback, and this is his biggest asset. In three years as the starter with UCLA, Hundley has thrown for 9,971 yards and 75 touchdowns to just 25 interceptions. If Hundley can come into the NFL and have as much success running the ball as he did in college, he will prove to be a huge steal if he is taken in the second round.
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Another asset that Hundley possesses is his toughness. He is fearless when standing in the pocket, as he is willing to take a hit to make a play. He also has a very strong arm, and is willing to take chances when throwing the ball downfield. He also excels at finding as much time in the pocket as he needs, as he can easily make defenders miss and give himself as much time as he needs to make the appropriate throw.
Hundley has exceptional pocket awareness as he can effectively read defenses and has a good idea on when he is going to get pressured. When he gets out of the pocket, he is very difficult to stop especially in the open field.
Nov 22, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Southern California Trojans during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The biggest issue that scouts have with Hundley, is that he only took seven snaps under centre all season long. There are major questions regarding if he will be able to successfully run a pro style offense at the highest level. When throwing the ball outside of the pocket, Hundley often under throws his receivers, and must improve his accuracy while on the run, if he wants to be a successful NFL quarterback.
Although the Buffalo Bills have three signal callers currently on their rooster, don’t be surprised if they add another one to the mix on the second day of the draft. All three quarterbacks of Hundley, Petty, and Grayson should be available when the Bills select at No. 50, so Bills management will have plenty of options when it comes to their pick.
Even if Hundley is available by the time the Bills make their pick, it would be smart for them to pass on him. Hundley is a project and with very limited experience running a pro style offense, it’s a very risky pick for the Bills as they would be better off by going with another quarterback.
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