Mike Mayock on whether Bills should select a QB at No. 8 overall …

NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock was taking questions from NFL writers early this afternoon on a conference call.

I asked him about the Buffalo Bills and their yawning need at quarterback.

You can read the transcript, below, or listen to the exchange here.

Specifically, I asked Mayock this:

With the Buffalo Bills picking 8th overall, and then not again until 10th in the 2nd round, and given the state of their roster, and that there are so many other teams above them and behind them that need a quarterback, can they afford NOT to select the quarterback they covet most with their first-round pick?

Mayock’s answer:

“I don’t think Geno Smith (Mayock’s No. 1 QB) makes sense in Buffalo. I saw him play in cold weather in the bowl game, I saw him play in cold weather at Iowa State, and I don’t see him fitting in in an outdoor arena in Buffalo.

“So if it’s not him, you want Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib or E.J. Manuel at 8? That’s way too high, for me. (GM) Buddy (Nix) could be sitting there going, ‘Hey, I don’t care what round I get my quarterback in, I just need to get him.’ And I understand that.

“But for me, I’d rather get a positional player at 8 that’s going to help me immediately. And hopefully it’s an offensive lineman. But if it’s not an offensive lineman, I’m going to get somebody at 8 — whether it’s (guard) Chance Warmack or an edge player to pressure the quarterback — but I’m going to get someone that I can plug in to make our team better.

“And then I’m going to come back in, and if I have to come back in and trade up to get to 26 to 32, I’ll do that. But I don’t want to give up my first-round pick to have that — I want to give up my third, or I want to give up something else, but I don’t want to give up my first.”

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