The Bills went to see FIU QB Alex McGough this week.
Why is that so significant?
Beane and Co. weren’t looking for their QBOTF in DraftTek’s 15th-ranked quarterback. They were looking for a second QB in this draft.
So far, the Bills have kicked the tires on fifteen signal-callers in this draft class, seven on Day 1 and 2. They’ve taken long looks at the five likely first-rounders (including Lamar Jackson), a second-rounder on the cusp of RD1 (Mason Rudolph), and one later third-rounder (Luke Falk).
The Bills will certainly take one of these seven, and I’d even be surprised if it wasn’t Darnold, Allen, Rosen, or Mayfield. They haven’t shown an interest in Chase Litton, who DraftTek tags as an RD3 prospect, despite Mel Kiper’s ardent love.
It’s the number of Day 3 quarterbacks that have me intrigued.
Bills have scouted a fourth-rounder (Mike White), plus three later-on QBs: Alex McGough (230 on our big board), Brandon Silvers (254), and Nic Shimonek (307). The Bills wouldn’t have amassed 9 draft picks, 6 in the Top 100 to draft the leader of Daboll’s new offense on Day Three. They’re considering a Day-3 guy for the quarterbacks room.
All four have four years of stats, a McBeane prerequisite unless you’re Darnold.
White was scouted by the Bills once this year, then seen at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. In fact, White said it was one of the better meetings he had. White is known for his composure in the pocket and a pretty deep ball.
A transfer from South Florida to WKU, White helped Taywan Taylor (RD3, Titans) on the map in 2015 (86 receptions, 1,467 yards, 17 TD, all school records). A USF transfer, White sat out a behind Doughty, and the learning time helped. When he got his chance, he connected on 67.3% of his passes, ending his first starting season #3 in deep-ball yardage.
We originally thought that was the “Taywan Taylor effect”, but he’s produced impressively even after Taylor left for the NFL. White threw for 5 TDs and 0 INTs in three separate games for Hilltoppers. His comps are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage, and Tom Brady.
McGough has some arm talent and is athletically-gifted. McGough wasn’t scouted this year, but the Bills flew to Miami to meet with him recently. A year ago, McGough broke his collarbone on the first drive in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl vs Temple on Dec 21, 2017. During that season, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,798 yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.His injury prevented him from playing in an all-star game and restricted his pre-draft workouts, which might explain the recent visit. His comp is Chad Kelly.
Silvers has been a four-year starter at Troy, passing for 10,677 yards and 71 touchdowns in his career. Silvers wasn’t scouted by the Bills this year, but he was seen at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.
Silvers’ claim to fame is his avoidance of mistakes (just not in a Tyrod way). He was third in fewest INT among all QBs with 400 attempts, which helped him in Troy’s win over LSU at LSU’s homecoming game this year.
Silvers has been well-coached, as his eye manipulation is NFL-ready, and that alone reduces interceptions. Silvers captained Troy through their breakout 2016 season, and earned himself All-Sun-Belt QB recognition two years in a row. His ‘ 70.5% completion rate in 2014 actually beat Sam Bradford’s freshman record.
An Iowa transfer called into duty for Texas Tech when Patrick Mahomes was injured during the Texas Tech-Kansas game, Shimonek’s energy buoyed up the team. Shimonek (shuh-MON-eck) is extremely strong and efficient; he was tied this year with Mason Rudolph for the most 3+ pass touchdowns in the first half of games. Shimonek went 12 for 18 during the East-West Shrine Game, throwing a touchdown to Steven Dunbar.
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