- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Buffalo Bills are searching far and wide for their long-term solution at quarterback. In the past week, Buffalo had private workouts with former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Geno Smith of West Virginia. Buffalo also is reportedly considering a trade for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn.
We presented a poll to our AFC East community earlier this week on which quarterback the Bills should draft. After approximately 7,000 votes, Smith was the top choice. That means Buffalo must take Smith at No. 8 or possibly trade up to get the draft's top-rated prospect.
Regular readers of the AFC East blog know that I am not convinced any quarterback in this draft is worthy of a top-10 pick. However, quarterback is a huge need for the Bills and Smith has the most potential. If Smith is there at No. 8, Buffalo should strongly consider him. It is clear that Tarvaris Jackson is not the long-term solution at quarterback for the Bills.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib finished in second place in our poll. Nassib is an interesting prospect, because he played under first-year Bills coach Doug Marrone in college and knows the system well. Nassib could be a strong option for Buffalo in the second round if the Bills do not draft Smith.