The Buffalo Bills are one of the many teams looking to take a quarterback in next week’s NFL Draft, but no one seems to have a handle on which guy they prefer. Well, we may now have our answer.
During the second round of this year’s draft a former player from each team’s history will be announcing the picks in that round. For the Buffalo Bills, that player will be former wide receiver, and seven-time Pro Bowler, Andre Reed. Reed reached across the Twitterverse on Thursday and tossed a shout-out in the direction of Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. Here’s what Reed had to say:
“@cponder7 Lookin forward to calling you name Daft Day!!!!!!!!!Bills brash like ur style.”
The tweet was apparently quickly deleted but then re-posted as follows:
“@cponder7 Lookin forward to the possibility of calling your name Draft Day!!!!!!!!!Bills brash like ur style.”
While that tweet may not mean a whole lot, it is intriguing. The Bills have the No. 3 overall pick and many experts believe they plan on taking either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert with that selection (assuming at least one is available). That said, there have also been whispers that the Bills would really like to get Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller or LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson at No. 3 as well. If they decide to go with defense first, the Bills would then be set up to take a quarterback with their second round pick at No. 34.
We’ve speculated before that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be a target for Buffalo in the second round, but Ponder has been slowly moving up draft boards over the past few weeks and it wouldn’t surprise us if the Bills had targeted him instead.
Ponder is a 6’2, 229-pound signal-caller who Scouts Inc. currently ranks as the fifth-best quarterback in the 2011 draft. He carries a grade of 86, and is said to have excellent intangibles, shows great leadership and toughness and is mobile in the pocket. His accuracy grades out at above average, and his arm strength is listed as average. The one huge problem with Ponder has been his durability, as he missed tons of time during his college career due to multiple injuries and even had concussion issues.
So did Andre Reed give away Buffalo’s draft strategy? We’ll have to wait until next week for the answer, but it seems like his first tweet ruffled some feathers as it was ripped down awfully fast.