It’s no secret that the Buffalo Bills have supreme interest in quarterback Ryan Nassib. Newly acquired head coach Doug Marrone coached Nassib in 2012 while at Syracuse, so it seems Nassib is the perfect fit for a QB. needy Buffalo. But just how interested are the Bills?
According to ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen, there is “growing belief” that the Bills will pick up Nassib with their eighth overall selection in the NFL Draft. By vast opinion, selecting Nassib at eight would be an incredible reach. However, Bills G.M. Buddy Nix told the Buffalo News that, “Five or six of those guys — maybe seven — do a lot of things good and do them good enough to win. This is not a standard answer. I’ve said this from the start, that two or three of these guys will be franchise quarterbacks. I believe that.”
With Nassib being rated as a late first to second rounder, it is realistic to see Buffalo attempting to trade down. They also own the 41st pick, which will be early in the second round. If the Bills do not trade down, expect a frenzy of teams trying to jump ahead of Buffalo’s second round choice to attain Nassib.
The scouting report for Nassib has been quite a peculiar one. According to ESPN, some draft boards have Nassib as a “future star” and some have him as a “career backup”. Renowned coach turned reporter, Jon Gruden ranks Nassib as the best Qb. available in this year’s draft.
“Nassib proved that he could make the difficult plays when there wasn’t a clean pocket,” illustrated Gruden. “He didn’t have a great supporting cast, no disrespect to Syracuse. But there were times that Nassib had to make something happen for Syracuse to win, and I thought he did that enough to prove that he can do it at the next level.”
NFL Films‘ Greg Cosell also praised Nassib, rating him as the top quarterback overall. “My No. 1 quarterback based on the film study I’ve done is Ryan Nassib, I liked him overall more than Geno Smith. I think he’s a much more precise intermediate thrower. I think the ball comes out with a little better velocity at the intermediate level. And I think he’s a little more accurate. And I like his footwork a little bit better.”
Aside from Buffalo, look for teams like the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles to pursue Nassib. How I see it is, Nassib goes late in the first-round to whoever trades up to get him.
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