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Buddy Nix defends draft's QB class; will Bills take one?

The quarterback class in the 2013 NFL Draft has been ridiculed for months. Some people around the NFL wonder if there's anyone worth a first-round pick, let alone a top-10 selection.

There's no Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan. There might not even be a Ryan Tannehill.

Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix disagrees with that notion.


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"You know, I think there is," Nix said Tuesday, the Buffalo News' Mark Gaughan reported. "And also, I've said from Day 1 this quarterback class is better than everybody thinks it is. It's better than the publicity they get.

"By that, I mean there's about five or six of those guys, maybe seven, that do a lot of things good and do 'em good enough to win."

Nix didn't commit to drafting a quarterback at No. 8 overall, but he has gone on record as saying now is the time to draft a player at that position. The Bills signed Kevin Kolb, but coach Doug Marrone said that won't affect their draft strategy.

The Bills need a franchise quarterback, and we know that Kolb isn't the long-term answer. The quarterbacks in this class all won't be busts. The trick is identifying which one will develop. The worry centers on making an educated guess on the wrong guy with a high first-round pick -- which is too valuable to waste.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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