2011 NFL Draft Preview: Should the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills Target QBs?

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 16, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 12:  Casey Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers reacts as he walks off the field against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In the 2011 NFL Draft, there are currently four quarterbacks who are considered first round caliber prospects including Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett, Cam Newton, and Jake Locker.

The Carolina Panthers currently own the first overall pick in the draft while the Buffalo Bills have the fifth.  Each team will have the opportunity to select one of the four signal callers.  The question is: should the teams pull the trigger?

If a player who a team believes is a franchise quarterback falls into its lap on draft day it must take him, if that team doesn't already have one of course.  The Panthers and Bills must ask themselves if they truly believe they can win a Super Bowl with a quarterback they have on their roster right now.

The Bills go into the draft with one goal: select a quarterback in the first round.  There is no doubt about it.  Ryan Fitzpatrick will never lead a team to a Super Bowl.

They will most likely have the luxury of picking "their guy" with so many good quarterbacks.  

Buffalo can't mess this pick up.  If they pass on a quarterback again in April, they'll be picking in the top 10 until they do.

The Panthers, on the other hand, have a much harder decision to make.  

They already have Jimmy Clausen who they selected in the second round last year.  Unfortunately for Carolina, Clausen hasn't shown any sign that he will reignite the franchise.

It's not like he had much help this season though.  

During Steve Smith's injury, two rookie receivers started for the Panthers.  No, that's not a good thing.

The offensive line has been a wreck all year long.  The combination of injuries and just plain lack of talent equaled major struggles all season long.  Struggles that even held back the duo of running backs that was once considered the league's best in DeAngelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart.

It could come down to Andrew Luck or Jimmy Clausen.  This choice isn't as easy as it seems.

Luck doesn't exactly "wow" you with his physical ability.  He's just a great all-around quarterback.  On the flip side, Clausen has a rocket arm.

Either way, Clausen deserves another chance.  The Panthers should spend the first overall pick on a weapon to help him out.

If Carolina selects Andrew Luck first overall and expects him take over the league, they are sadly mistaken.  Luck will struggle just like Clausen did this season because of the lack of talent surrounding him.

David Daniels is an NFL Featured Columnist and Writing Intern at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him at One Yard Short.com or on Twitter.

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