By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills claim, contrary to popular belief, they won't be overextending for a quarterback if they draft one eighth overall next week.
"This quarterback class is better than everybody thinks it is," Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said today at the club's annual pre-draft press luncheon. "It's better than the publicity they get.
"Five or six of those guys -- maybe seven -- do a lot of things good and do them good enough to win. 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."
Draft analysts have labeled this year's draft class deficient in elite quarterback talent. Some prominent mock drafts have declined to include a quarterback in the first round.
But if the Bills wait until their second-round pick (41st overall) to take such an important position, the quarterback they want might be off the board.
Geno Smith of West Virginia, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse and Matt Barkley of USC are considered the top prospects. Oklahoma's Landry Jones, North Carolina State's Mike Glennon, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Tennessee's Tyler Bray are in the next echelon.
"The jury's out on this group, but they do enough good things that if you do what they do best you can win with them," Nix said.
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