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Doug Whaley: Stanford's Kevin Hogan most pro-ready QB for Bills

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Monday at the NFL owners meetings that Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan would be the most pro-ready at his position in this spring's draft because of his familiarity with offensive coordinator Greg Roman's system.

Roman coached at Stanford in 2009 and 2010 alongside David Shaw, who is now Stanford's head coach. That would make a transition to the Bills' system easier for Hogan, although Whaley was careful to note that other teams might not view Hogan as pro-ready as the Bills.

In general, Whaley believes the quarterback class could use more grooming and might not produce an immediate NFL starter.

"I think in this draft I don't know if there's a guy that's going to be able to step in from Day 1 and have complete success," he said. "Of course, there's always that possibility. But what I feel confident about in this draft is there's a lot of quarterbacks that need a year or two of seasoning that can project later in their career to be either very good Number 2s or solid Number 1s. So we're excited about that."

Hogan, a projected mid-to-late-round pick, is one option for the Bills, but Whaley did not rule out selecting a quarterback earlier in the draft -- even in the first round.

"Any round we could pick any position," he said. "Again, this is why we feel confident in this year's draft, and we like to go into the draft set up the way we are now, where pretty much a lot of our starters are in place. We're going to be able to draft the best player at any position and not have to have a need and force people up the board."