Draft Risks Good Preparation for Buffalo Bills Season

Photo of QB Josh Allen from bleacherreport.com.

Every player has a downside.  Even LeSean McCoy takes away the joy of collisions.  But shortcomings are no reason to avoid drafting a possible superhero.  If anyone has radioactive spiders, stick them in draft caps.

Try hiring new guys.  I mean, the league dispenses choices, so teams may as well use them.  The Buffalo Bills could forfeit picks to ensure they’re never disappointed.  Or, they could take a risk on the unproven.  If they’re feeling particularly audacious, management could even exchange quantity for quality in an effort to acquire a franchise quarterback who hasn’t moved out of the dorm.

You can’t be afraid to commit to someone you adore.  It also applies to football.  Avoid risk and you’ll never have to fear a playoff letdown.  Also, never say “I love you” or switch careers because it could lead to getting hurt.  Maybe chances are worth it.  On a related note, quit your job if you want to be an artist.

The argument against investing so much in one player is both understandable and misguided.  Aversion to failure can be crippling if it leads to refraining from participation.  The unarmed Bills have had far too many seasons of playing every game only technically.

The prospect of potential disappointment will be natural as long as time moves forward.  Nervousness specifically applies at present to choosing a player who will define the franchise for a decade.  We just don’t know it it’ll be by excelling or by trying to replace him for years.

Photo of QB Baker Mayfield from elevenwarriors.com.

There’s risk as long as humans are involved.  The quarterback they add could flake out, not translate to the pro game, idle after receiving that fat first paycheck, get injured, be cursed by a Ryan Leaf figure, or suffer innumerable other nightmares.

But the alternative is to keep vainly trying to conceal a middling passer’s deficiencies by building around him.  Fretting that a highly-drafted quarterback will flop leads to, well, rather infrequent postseason appearances while wondering why the 2000 Ravens model isn’t being replicated.

Your plutonium budget will skyrocket if you get the DeLorean of your dreams.  Every decision carries drawbacks.  The resources they’ll have to invest in a hopeful savior are staggering.  But trying to get by with a discount costs way more.  People in the hurricane’s path think insurance premiums are worth it.

There’s only so much currency to spend.  The Bills must invest a big portion of their finite resources on one player.  Yet there’s no way to have fun without a premier quarterback.  Honorary general manager Louis Jordan would remind us that, if you want to have a ball, you’ve got to go out and spend some cash, so let the good times roll.

Photo of QB Josh Rosen from wtam.iheart.com.

Look for the fewest flaws.  Expecting perfection only makes life more imperfect.  As with the Breaking Bad episode about catching the fly I skip whenever it’s on Netflix, even the best will fall short sometimes.  We remember Tre White being beaten during a stellar rookie campaign precisely because it happened so rarely.

The negative part of any random quarterback’s scouting report could discourage suitors.  On the other hand, you could complain about Joe Louis losing three times.

Drafting not to lose guarantees it’ll happen.  The notion that they can get by without paying the price to add the first or second quarterback sounds great.  It’d also be nice if beer added muscles.

Instead of settling for Pepsi if the restaurant seriously doesn’t serve Coke, the Bills should storm out.  Settling for a lesser option at quarterback might have seemed adequate during previous editions when fans dreamed of mediocrity.

But this is a club with a zero-season playoff absence.

The Bills seek to astound without doing so for the sake of it.  Any daringness next week will result from trying to shape the roster they want, not headlines.

This franchise needs to maintain its taste for blood.  Buffalo’s front office is installing dauntlessness as team policy.  The goal’s not to emptily shock everyone Rex Ryan-style.

Photo of Rob and Rex Ryan from ESPN.com.

Talking about storming the draft is insufficient.  The Bills should treat anyone in the way of their preferred quarterback as a mere obstacle.  There may be 31 other teams present, but this is their event.

The boxing term for Buffalo’s ideal approach is effective aggression.  That means not rushing in headfirst like, say, presuming Sammy Watkins is worth two first-rounders.  By contrast, trading five picks for the shot at one franchise quarterback is the sort of calculated gamble that could lead to 10-point rounds.

What if he’s a slacker jerk?  Committing so much to a relationship is a scary prospect.  But hoping for joy beats never having that special someone.  The Bills deserve a shot at adoring a quarterback without forcing it.

Don’t fear admitting you like someone.  Football games are won by being courageous in April.  Instead of wallowing in concerns about being stuck with one person, picture how liberating it would be to get to care that much.

Editor’s babble: Zero playoff absences with this regime. Now there’s some words to describe the Bills we haven’t seen in awhile. Thanks to Anthony once again, for providing us with a sane view of an insane process. This draft can’t come fast enough. If you’d like more chuckles, you can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.

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About Anthony Bialy

Anthony Bialy recently moved back to Buffalo from New York City and acts like he never left. He thinks "Buffalo 66" is biographical and considers it a crime against mankind that Steve Tasker is not in the Hall of Fame. He likes getting Tim Hortons on the way to get Labatt Blue. Follow him on Twitter at @AnthonyBialy.