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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #9 Buffalo

Buffalo looks to start off a new era in team history with the recent hiring of head coach Chan Gailey, a former Dallas Cowboys coach who has led the team to the playoffs. Couple that with a foray into Toronto for a regular season game in Canada, there’s plenty going on with this team. Will there be another reason to be excited tonight?

And with the ninth pick in this year’s draft, the Buffalo Bills select..

QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

Frank Minniti of BillsGab offers a quick assessment of his pick

It’s no secret the search for a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly has been lenghty, producing little results. Despite the Bills’ needs in the trenches, both on the offensive and defensive lines, Buffalo can ill afford to pass on Clausen, who has franchise potential.

Franks also wrote a great article (my favorite Gab article by far this year) on his determination to get the Bills to draft Clausen. Here’s a brief excerpt from the article

My head tells me that despite all other needs, and it’s universally agreed the Bills have numerous needs, everything else gets put on the back burner if there’s potential to draft a franchise quarterback. If Clausen is there at nine and the Bills pass on him, I imagine the ramifications (especially if Clausen becomes a star and achieves success) would linger for many, many years in Buffalo.

My head tells me that the Bills don’t believe in the trio they have. In 2009, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm combined to throw 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. In three seasons with the Bills, Edwards has thrown for just 24 touchdowns. In 2009, 12 different quarterbacks threw for more touchdowns than Edwards has thrown in his career. As I dig deeper, 21 different quarterbacks threw for more touchdowns then the Bills’ trio combined for. It’s a quarterback driven league and the Bills have been asleep at the wheel for a long time.

My heart is hoping for a quarterback because what they have and what they’ve had has generated little excitement and bad results. I can think of two guys, Doug Flutie and Drew Bledsoe who have managed to pump any resemblence of life into the fans under center. And the Bills’ many fired attempts to find Jim Kelly’s replacement have only resulted in blanks.

And the beat goes on. The draft so far…

9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On the clock…the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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