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Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes loom over Bills’ quarterback chase

The Buffalo Bills have two potentially franchise-altering decisions to make in the coming weeks.

First, general manager Brandon Beane must decide whether the Bills can and should trade up from No. 12 in the first round of the draft. Second, nfl wholesale jerseys depending on what pick Buffalo acquires and who is available, Beane must choose which top quarterback prospect is most likely to bring his team a championship — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.

If the Bills trade up for one of those quarterbacks, or if one falls to No. 12, their pick will be judged against the others in the group who might have been available. That choice will eventually become a large part of the evaluation by Beane, who is entering his first draft as Bills general manager after being hired last May.

But for the organization as a whole, there is more to the story.

The Bills’ potential selection at quarterback later this month must also stack up against Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes, two of the quarterbacks Buffalo passed on taking when they traded the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 draft to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs took Mahomes, who will get his chance as Kansas City’s starter this season. Watson went No. 12 to the Houston Texans and posted the NFL’s highest Total QBR (81.3) and fifth-highest passer rating (103.0) through Week 8 before suffering a season-ending knee injury in practice.

In that case, Buffalo’s decision to pass on Watson and Mahomes in 2017 — made when Beane was still with the Carolina Panthers — would do little to help the overall cause of Beane and coach Sean McDermott going forward if either Watson or Mahomes proves a superior quarterback to a 2018 selection.

It is also possible that Beane does not land one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft, opting or being forced to stay put at No. 12 and look to another position. That could leave Buffalo with AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman as its top two quarterbacks.

Such an outcome would not only invite questions about whether Beane’s extensive maneuvering to acquire 2018 draft selections was for naught,nfl jerseys from china but it would add to the discussion about McDermott and former general manager Doug Whaley’s decision in 2017 to trade the No. 10 pick instead of selecting Mahomes or Watson.