The Buffalo Bills are in need of a quarterback after Ryan Fitzpatrick failed to live up the expectations that came with his contract. Now, the Bills are looking for a quarterback that they can build a franchise around. They did add Tavaris Jackson and Kevin Kolb this off-season but neither of them figures to be long-term solutions at the position. Right now there are substantial rumors surrounding the Bills and the likelihood that they select Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Nassib is not worthy of the eighth overall selection even though he possesses a strong arm. Nassib is far from a perfect quarterback. Like every other quarterback in this draft he will require a lot of seasoning and will have to spend at least a year on the bench before being trusted to run an NFL offense. His timing, delivery, and anticipation all need seasoning and it could be a longer than one year wait before he is truly ready to play quarterback.
In a sane world where quarterbacks were valued like every other position and not reached for like candy by kids in a grocery store Nassib would probably project as a third rounder. Now, he is being talked about in the top ten picks of the draft.
This is one reason why the Bills have struggled. They invested a lot of money in Ryan Fitzpatrick despite him only having a half a year of good football under his belt and he immediately tanked. Previous draft picks like Donte Whitner and Marshawn Lynch are now starring on other teams. Meanwhile, the Bills have used some of their top picks on guys like Aaron Maybin, Lee Evans and J.P. Losman.
The Bills could find a value quarterback to keep on the bench in the second or third round instead of reaching for Nassib at eight. In a perfect world the Bills could address their quarterback needs no earlier than the third round. However, the NFL has a serious problem when it comes to quarterbacks and some of these general managers should go to rehab for their addiction to drafting the position so high. Yes, it is arguably the most important position in the game. However, even the greatest quarterback is nothing without a good cast around them and the Bills should focus on building that cast instead of reaching for Nassib.