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QB Brown a late-round find for Bills

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By Michael Blunda

Numerous mock drafts had the Bills drafting a quarterback in Round One. As it turned out, they didn't take one until late on Saturday, and that might not be a bad thing.

Instead of using their first- or second-round choice on a QB like Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy, Buffalo waited until Round Seven before grabbing Levi Brown, an intriguing prospect who put up monster numbers during his senior season at Troy.

Brown is now added to a QB stable that includes Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm, who apparently all will be given an opportunity to battle for the starting job come training camp. Although Edwards is the slight favorite right now, it should be a fairly open competition.

Coming from a small school, Brown might not be someone who can start in the NFL as a rookie, but he's certainly a guy head coach Chan Gailey could develop to factor in down the road.

"If you look at Levi (Brown), which we looked extensively at him, he has a very good arm," Gailey said. "He throws a tight spiral. … He's got excellent size to go along with it and has enough mobility. … And he's a very intelligent guy. … He was a good-looking, young prospect to us."

Passing on a QB early allowed Buffalo to add a playmaker in RB C.J. Spiller and defensive pieces that should fit the club's 3-4 scheme. The only spot the Bills probably ignored too often was offensive tackle, as they didn't take one until grabbing Ed Wang in Round Five.

With a deep, talented group of QBs set to enter the league in 2011, Gailey and Co. can wait until then to take their franchise passer. This season, it's worth seeing what they have in young, unproven options like Brohm and Brown.


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