One of the quarterbacks that is quickly rising up draft charts around the league is Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib. Several analysts are predicting that he could be off the board by the time the 10th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft come April. A strong Senior Bowl will only enhance his draft stock. In a year considered to be fairly weak at the quarterback position coupled with a weak free agent class, quarterbacks could be at a premium with some teams making a reach early.
The Buffalo Bills are one team that figures to be in the mix for a quarterback. The Bills hold the number eight overall pick in the first round. GM Buddy Nix already told the media that the team figures to address the quarterback situation in the draft this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick might find himself on the outside looking in when the dust settles heading into the 2013 season. Bills WR Stevie Johnson told reporters that he hopes the team will bring in competition for Fitzpatrick.
The Bills hired Nassib’s former coach at Syracuse, Doug Marrone, so that is an immediate connection to the Bills. Marrone wants to employ a version of the Bills K-gun offense the team ran in the 1990’s under Jim Kelly. Nassib seems very open to playing for the Bills saying if he was drafted by Buffalo, “it would be a match made in heaven.”
Nassib told WGR radio in Buffalo he would embrace playing for the Bills next season:
“That would be a great situation, I love the city of Buffalo,” he said Tuesday morning. “I’m a Central New York guy, that type of weather, and going to Buffalo with all those Syracuse guys there, that would be a match made in heaven.”
“Just like anybody would like to be with the coach that they’ve been with for the last three years,” he answered. “That’s just definitely an advantage, instead of building a relationship with somebody new. You already have a relationship with somebody else. But that’s a rare situation, that usually doesn’t happen. It’s just kinda like a special circumstance.”
There seems to be another team interested in the Syracuse signal caller, the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly.com is reporting that Nassib met with rookie head coach Chip Kelly and team officials this week. He is a Philadelphia native and a season ticket holder of the Eagles.
Look for some changes at the quarterback position for the Eagles next season. Rookie Nick Foles does not fit the typical mold of a quarterback that Chip Kelly employs in his offense and Michael Vick is likely going to be released after the Super Bowl.
It’s obvious that Kelly cannot install an offense that runs at the break neck speed that Oregon did in the NFL, but he is likely going to want to have a quarterback that is more mobile than Foles is. The Eagles hold the fourth overall pick in the first round of this year’s lottery in April.
Nassib finished this season completing 62.4% of his passes for 3,749 yards, throwing 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He comes in at 6-foot 2 inches 230 pounds.
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