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Report: The Buffalo Bills are considering Christian Hackenberg with the 19th overall pick

Drafting Hackenberg at pick 19 probably wouldn't be the wisest decision.

There are plenty of smokescreens and false rumors during NFL draft season, but one thing Buffalo Bills are pretty confident that the team will draft a quarterback at some point in the draft. Most fans are probably just as confident that the Bills wouldn't draft a quarterback in the first round. That said, Peter King of MMQB had an interesting tidbit in his NFL Mock draft. According to King, he's heard that the Bills are considering Penn State Nittany Lions QB Christian Hackenberg at pick 19.

19. Buffalo: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Mississippi. This pick is one I spent a lot of time on over the weekend, and it’s easily the most interesting pick of the second half of the round. Some in the NFL are convinced the Bills will consider Christian Hackenberg here, not so much because of the Penn State roots of the owner (Terry Pegula) but because some in the organization are convinced that Hackenberg, with the proper training, can be a good NFL player. But I can’t see it. Rex Ryan’s a Tyrod Taylor guy, and he won’t want that messed with. Ryan wants a tough disruptor in the front seven from this draft, and it’s got to be someone who can get to the quarterback because the Bills were so bad at that last year. Nkemdiche comes with his share of baggage, and it’s heavy. In fact, if the Bills don’t pick him, I could easily see him sliding out of the first round.

Hackenberg at 19 would be a mistake for the Bills. The Bills currently have a quality QB in Tyrod Taylor and have more pressing needs than a quarterback who needs plenty of work to become an NFL starter. That said, King has some very good connections around the league so it's interesting that he's heard from some people in the NFL that the Bills are at least considering Hackenberg in the first round.

Buffalo has met with Hackenberg through the draft process, but if the Bills are considering the Penn State QB, hopefully it's in the second or third round.


Although it's most likely a smokescreen, the Hackenberg tidbit is something to monitor throughout the NFL draft.

UPDATE: The Bills seem to be having fun with the rumor.


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