Bills fans don't want to consider this position as a first-round possibility, but Doug Whaley might
updated 2:45 PM , February 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- What would be the Buffalo Bills' worst idea for the first round of this year's draft?
Bills fans should brace themselves for this quote from General Manager Doug Whaley today at the NFL scouting combine.
"Because of our situation on our roster, we can pick the best player available," Whaley said. "If it's a running back, we will go after a running back."
Since the Bills were founded, they've had an infatuation with drafting running backs. In 2010, they drafted C.J. Spiller ninth overall even though they already had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers on the roster, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.
Since 1978, when they selected Terry Miller fifth overall, the Bills have drafted more first-round running backs than any other NFL team. The Bills have taken eight of them.
And with running backs becoming increasingly fungible -- many effective rushers go undrafted or are found in the later rounds -- justifying such a high pick is near impossible.
"He'd have to be very special like a Adrian Peterson, just because of the devaluation of the position," Whaley said.
Whew. That's better.
But notice he didn't use Spiller as the example. The Bills have the ninth pick again this year.
"Most teams, you've got to have two now just because of the laws of physics," Whaley said. "Everybody's bigger, stronger, faster. And those collisions wear these guys down.
"It's tough to say you'd take one, but there's always exceptions to the rule."