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Schefter: 'hard to grasp' how Bills, others passed on Russell Wilson

By Jay Skurski

In his weekly, "10 Spot" column, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter focuses on how three quarterback-needy teams -- the Bills, Jaguars and Chiefs -- all passed on Russell Wilson in April's draft.

Wilson, of course, led the Seattle Seahawks into the playoffs and tied Peyton Manning's record for passing touchdowns by a rookie with 26.

The Bills traded up to the 69th overall pick in the draft to take N.C. State receiver T.J. Graham, while Jacksonville took punter(!) Bryan Anger out of Cal with the next pick. The Chiefs picked Oklahoma tackle Donald Stephenson 74th overall, one pick ahead of Wilson.

"There are so many hard-to-grasp elements about the six-pick sequence that help define those teams' 2012 seasons," Schefter writes. "Given the quarterback questions they had not just now but then, how could Buffalo, Jacksonville and Kansas City each pass on a quarterback who would have been a top-10 pick if he were two inches taller?

"It's easy to ask these questions now, almost nine months later, but it was not hard to ask them then, either. Maybe Graham, Anger and Stephenson will turn out to be Pro Bowl players. Maybe Graham will give Buffalo more big plays ... But in this league, quarterbacks are currency. And now, thanks to their vision and other teams' lack of it, the Seahawks are loaded."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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