There is an obvious need at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills entering this year’s NFL Draft.
However, the degree at which you view current starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor should determine where the Bills draft a signal caller.
There are some out there that believe if Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch falls to Buffalo at No. 19, the Bills have to take the raw QB prospect. Others think players like Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg could be the right pick Day 2 or early Day 3.
However, the best fit might be the guy nobody is talking about – Oregon redshirt senior Vernon Adams Jr. And there is one main reason why; he’s Taylor’s clone.
Their measurables are similar. Taylor is 6-foot, 221 pounds, while Adams is 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 200 pounds. They both run the read option and throw the deep ball exceptionally well.
What makes Adams such a great fit is that he could step in and start if Taylor was to go down, and offensive coordinator Greg Roman wouldn’t have to change much of the offense. Another comparison between the two is both do not turn the ball over at a high rate. Only one of Adams six interceptions this past season was due to decision-making.
Adams’ Stanford tape displays his ability to run the read option, throw the deep ball, step up in the pocket and throw an accurate pass and escape from the pocket when everything breaks down.
However, the one knock, and probably a bigger one than his size, Adams is his hand size. Possible No. 1 overall selection California quarterback Jared Goff has ran into this same problem.
Adams hands are just 9 1/8 inches. For a pro comparison, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has 9 1/2-inch hands. While it seems the desirable range for a quarterback’s hands should be between 9.251 inches – 9.749 inches, you don’t have to look any further than the 2014 draft class to find an outlier. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also has 9 1/8-inch hands. While this could be a problem playing in a cold weather environment like Buffalo, Adams can always wear gloves. He wears one on his left hand already.
At the end of the day, Adams is a late Day 3 prospect and a project, but a quarterback that is certainly worth taking. Like Adams, Taylor was a sixth-round selection himself. The upside with Adams is high and he could fit the mold that Buffalo is try to build. With a year under Taylor, Adams could step in if the Bills cannot secure the former Virginia Tech quarterback.
Not to mention, drafting Adams over the likes of Lynch and Jones wouldn’t provide much, if any scrutiny, from the fans or media and would allow Buffalo to focus on its true needs in the early rounds.