The buzz surrounding former Syracuse quarterback and 2013 NFL Draft prospect Ryan Nassib began from an early stage.
His former head coach, Doug Marrone, left Syracuse in January in order to become the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and it didn't take long for columnists and fans to begin connecting the dots. That is why no one would be surprised if the Bills targeted Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the 2013 NFL Draft.
But at least one pundit thinks they shouldn't do it in the first round.
In a recent appearance on "The Rich Eisen Podcast," NFL Network's draft guru Mike Mayock recently said that he thinks that Nassib should be a second- or third-round pick (30:30 mark):
Ryan Nassib is a kid I've seen play since his sophomore year in high school, because he went to Malvern Prep, the same team my son played on. So I've seen Ryan for years, and he's a sneaky athletic kid that reminds me a little bit more of the Andy Dalton type guy than he does the Russell Wilson type guy. He's got a good arm, he's smart as can be. Really smart kid; tough, hard-working kid. But he doesn't have a gun. He's got a good arm and he's probably a second- or third-round guy.
This adds just another layer to the already varying opinions on Nassib. Russ Lande of NationalFootballPost.com thinks that Nassib is the best player at any position that is available in this year's class. Yet Kevin Weidl of ESPN thinks that Nassib is a Day 3 pick .
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller feels similarly to Mayock, having said almost the same thing about Nassib in a video posted on B/R a couple of weeks ago:
Nassib is a quick-rising name, and as of now, he looks like a second-round draft pick but by April, he could be a first-rounder due to the arm strength, the fact that he was very productive at Syracuse, and that he comes with NFL-ready football awareness.
Nassib's stock still has plenty of time to change before the draft, though, and one of the most important steps of his ultimate draft process has yet to take place: the scouting combine.
There, teams will have an opportunity to see each player work out and, more importantly, they will get the chance to talk to each player and get a sense for each prospect's football acumen. With that, Mayock thinks Nassib's stock could rise greatly:
Teams are going to like him the closer they get to the draft, because when coaches get involved, and they start putting that kid up on the board and start asking him questions, they're going to like his answers. So, a little like Kirk Cousins last year and Andy Dalton the year before, I think he'll start to push up boards when coaches get involved.
If any team is going to know about Nassib's "FBI" (football intelligence, for those less familiar with the football lexicon), it's the Bills and Marrone.
Obviously, there are varying opinions regarding Nassib, but there's still a lot of time to work out all the kinks prior to the draft.
Here's some more news from around the AFC East.
B/R Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault breaks down the Patriots salary cap situation.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston goes over some under-the-radar Patriots free agents.
B/R Jets featured columnist Ryan Alfieri breaks down the Jets salary cap situation.
Chris Gross of TurnOnTheJets.com gives his thoughts on some potential Jets draft targets at defensive end and outside linebacker.
Tim Graham of The Buffalo News spoke to former NFL scout Matt Williamson, who thinks the Bills should go "all in" at tight end in free agency.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com dives deeper into the lack of consensus among draft experts regarding this year's quarterback crop.
Ben Volin of The Palm Beach Post reports that Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi had his felony assault charge dropped to a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 400 hours of community service, 12 anger management courses and $42,000 in total restitution.
Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald relives the Dolphins not-so-great history with free agency.
Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes were obtained firsthand or via team press releases.
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