NFL Draft 2013: Buffalo Bills May Be Forced to Select Ryan Nassib at No. 8 to Keep Him From Jets

Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad quarterback Ryan Nassib of Syracuse (12) passes during the Senior Bowl north squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

It comes as no surprise that the Buffalo Bills have a strong interest in former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. From the day the Bills hired Nassib’s collegiate coach, Doug Marrone, to be the man in charge, the speculation was mounting that the Bills would have their eyes on the former Orange signal-caller.

The real question is: Just how high are the Bills ready to pull the trigger on Nassib?

According to the latest report from ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, the Bills are worried that if they don’t select Nassib with the No. 8 overall pick that the New York Jets could make him their selection later in the first round. Paolantonio says that both teams are incredibly high on Nassib, and that knowledge could force Buffalo to use their first pick.

“I know one thing for sure in talking to people around the league,” Paolantonio said, via Rotoworld. “The Buffalo Bills want Ryan Nassib. But they’re very concerned the Jets will take him later in the first round. So the Bills may be forced to take him at No. 8.”

A lot of people may have a problem with the Bills taking Nassib at No. 8, but I am a firm believer in taking the quarterback you really believe in, regardless of draft position.

It is hard to win in this league without a top-notch quarterback and no one knows Nassib better than Marrone. If he truly believes that his former college quarterback has what it takes to make it in the big leagues. then he has to be the pick. Even if the draft board suggests his stock isn’t that of a top ten pick.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Ryan Nassib

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  • NWBill

    The smart money is on Nassib, with Manuel as the wild card/X factor if there are trades and activity before the Bills pick that prevents them from getting Nassib. To me, I’d be happy with either Nassib or Manuel; Nassib is more NFL-ready, I think, but Manuel has Russell Wilson-like potential, with better physical attributes than the Seattle QB. The seven picks before, and any trades, will set the table. Whether the Bills go with the smart pick, or decide to roll the dice on Manuel, is the interesting thing. The other QBs are late 1st/2nd/3rd round guys; this is a coin toss between Nassib and Manuel.

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