- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here is some potentially bad news for the Buffalo Bills: According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is rising up the draft boards and could be a late first-round pick.
It’s no secret Nassib is the favorite to land in Buffalo with the No. 41 overall pick in the second round. Nassib played under new Bills head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse. The Bills signed veteran quarterback Kevin Kolb in free agency and is looking for a young player to groom behind Kolb in the second round.
But according to King, "When I talk to teams leading up to the April 25 first round, I keep hearing both Nassib and [E.J.] Manuel as late-first-round prospects. Nassib in particular, and certainly more than Manuel."
This is not promising news for Buffalo. ESPN's Jon Gruden even suggested the Bills should take Nassib with the No. 8 overall pick.
“If the Bills really like him, and they think he's the best guy on the board, why not take him at eight?'' Gruden told King. “Why take even the slightest risk he wouldn't be there later?"
We disagree with Gruden on this one. The Bills should address bigger needs in the first round with a player who can make an immediate impact. The Bills can boost other positions such as linebacker or wide receiver.
If the Bills lose out on Nassib later this month, there are other quarterback options in the second round. The Bills have recently had private workouts with Manuel, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Tyler Bray of Tennessee.