It's no secret that the Bills are in desperate need of a QB. Their current roster houses a journeyman in Ryan Fitzpatrick, and unproven youngster in Brian Brohm, and a mentally shaken Trent Edwards. It would be a lie to say the Bills have not been searching for their franchise QB, but their luck in the process has been bad to say the least. When the Bills selected JP Losman with the 22nd overall pick in the 2004 draft he was supposed to be the franchise savior. Unfortunately this didn't work out and Losman dropped into relative obscurity only to emerge later as the UFL's inaugural season Champion.
Now this year's draft is key to starting the new Nix-Gailey regime right. They need a game-changer at QB, and one with mobility given the current offensive line situation. Enter Thaddeus Lewis. I know what many are thinking: WHO?. Allow me to educate you on the Thaddeus Lewis project. Lewis was a 4 year starter at the University of Duke. Duke is not known for its powerhouse football program or any football success really, but Lewis has a chance to break the barrier. He's not the biggest guy at only 6'1 215 lbs but has incredible talent and intelligence. He consistently improved in his 4 years, and had his best year in 2009, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 20 TD's. These numbers are especially impressive considering the Duke football program's lack of talent.
At the 2010 NFL Combine he put up one of the best 40 yard dashes of all QB's with a 4.84. Scouts have praised Lewis as being quick and successful with his progressions and will take what the defense gives him. He has above-average arm strength and has a great ability to throw on the run. He is deceptively fast and can extend plays with ability that compares to NFL QB Ben Roethlisberger. One of the greatest assets of Lewis is his toughness. He has taken some hard shots at Duke, but was never rattled or played scared. Exactly what the Bills need, a blue-collar QB with the ability to extend plays, which is something they have lacked since the great Doug Flutie played in Orchard Park.
Lewis just makes sense for the Bills. More so than Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford, because these are two are both huge risks specifically Tim Tebow who has tried to alter his throwing style in under a month. He makes even more sense considering the Bills won't have spend to much to get Lewis, probably a 4th or 5th round pick. Either way Thaddeus Lewis is Buffalo's chance to set the tone for the future