Beane: 'There's a lot of criteria' to finding the right quarterback

March 1, 2018

While we're still nearly two months away from the NFL Draft on April 26 in Arlington, Texas, the Buffalo Bills' interest in a quarterback continues to gain steam.

The Bills are currently down in Indianapolis, Indiana for the NFL Combine, getting a closer look at the upcoming class of quarterbacks for the 2018 draft class. Head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane are among the staff members from the Bills in Indianapolis, and will continue to not only look at the quarterbacks, but also get the chance to evaluate other positions of need for the team.

The Bills currently hold the 21st and 22nd overall picks in the first round of the draft, plus three more picks combined in the second and third round. Buffalo holds a lot of draft capital this year, which may help with them being able to trade up and acquire a possible franchise quarterback.

Beane took some time on Thursday morning to joins Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR. He answered some questions about the quarterbacks of this upcoming class, and what he is looking for when it comes to drafting the quarterback that will be the best fit for the Bills moving forward.

Here are some of the highlights from his interview:


On finding the quarterback with the right DNA for the Bills:

"There's a lot of criteria, it's not one thing. Obviously, you've got the physical tools, but also the intangibles. I talk about the leadership, the smarts. How competitive is he? Do his teammates like him? Can he rally guys? What's his personality, his work ethic? Does he understand how to be a leader? There's just so many layers to the quarterback position because it is the one guy that is considered the coach on the field, or the closest thing to a coach on the field, and a lot more is expected in preparation for that position than any other position in probably any sport."

On the top quarterbacks coming to Buffalo for pre-draft visits:

"I don't know if all of them will, but if they don't come to Buffalo, we'll definitely visit them on campus."

On Baker Mayfield:

"It's not the prototypical size, but there's players all the time that don't have the prototypical size on either ends. Maybe they're too big or too heavy. He doesn't fit what you would say is the prototypical size for a QB in this league, but there are also guys who play and play well. You look at Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, guys like that. That's just part of the equation. You do look at that, but with Baker's career, he's shown that he can overcome [that]. he's won a Heisman Trophy."

On the chance to talk with Josh Rosen at the NFL Combine:

"That one will definitely be one of the ones that takes place this week, but you don't get a huge amount of time with him. After we leave Indy, we'll set something up. We'll go see him out in California, and probably bring him to Buffalo at some point."

On Lamar Jackson:

"He's had a good career. I think he definitely deserves a shot to play quarterback. I know there's been a big controversy with that. He's had a heck of a career, a Heisman guy as well. People said [the same of] Cam [Newton] when he came out. He's a run first, one read guy. Maybe that's what was asked of him, and that's what was asked of Cam at Auburn. We couldn't hold that against him. What we have to find out as we dig into it is - install some plays, teach him things and see how well he can recall it and how well he can teach. We'll put him back on the board and teach us the offense as if he was the coach and we were the players."

On contract talks with Preston Brown:

"We are going to meet with them, my guys will connect with their guys. I'm running crazy so I make some of the agent visits, but I don't make them all. But yes, we're definitely very interested in bringing Preston back. I said it yesterday in my press conference - he's earned the right to be a free agent. He's going to do his due diligence and see what his value is, and hopefully we can come to something that's fair for us both. With any of these guys, all it takes is one team, and someone can pay him way more than you think his value is with any of these guys and that's the way it works."

On Kyle Williams' status moving forward:

"The last time I talked to him, he was planning on playing. I haven't communicated directly with him since Eric Wood's press conference, so I don't know exactly what he is weighing. We have had some communication with his reps, and we're just waiting on those guys to get back to us at some point, which they will. They have to do their due diligence to see where his value is and make sure we're offering him what the fair market value is."

You can hear the entire interview below: