Rarely do first-year NFL head coaches get paired with the quarterback they mentored in the college ranks, but the idea of the Buffalo Bills reuniting new head coach Doug Marrone with Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib has to be an appealing scenario.
Nassib, a senior at SU and potential top 50 draft pick, could help fill a growing hole at the quarterback position in Buffalo. Marrone coached Nassib for all four of his years at Syracuse.
And as it stands currently, Marrone and the Bills wouldn't likely need to use a first-round pick on Nassib to make the reunion possible.
Pauline also mentioned Nassib's ability to play in several different offensive systems, an NFL-ready arm and sound decision-making as reasons why the Syracuse quarterback could go in the first 50 picks.
According to CBS Sports, Nassib (6'2", 228 lbs.) is the fifth-best quarterback and the 47th-best overall prospect in the 2013 NFL draft.
Marrone got the most out of his quarterback at Syracuse.
In three years with Nassib as the starter, the Orange won 21 games and two Pinstripe Bowls. Over four years, Nassib threw for 9,190 yards, 70 touchdown passes and just 28 interceptions.
Marrone, a former offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints, is widely credited with developing Nassib into an NFL-ready quarterback prospect.
For the Bills, the draft fit might just be perfect.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is owed $7.45 million in non-guaranteed money in 2013, and with a new start at the head of the organization, the Bills are expected to cut ties with the four-year starter in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick went just 19-31 as the Bills' starter since 2009.
With Fitzpatrick likely on the way out, Buffalo is expected to be one of the teams that targets a quarterback high in the 2013 NFL draft. While the first round is cloudy in terms of transcendent talents at the position, Nassib represents a safe pick on the second day.
The Bills have the eighth pick in the second round, or the 40th overall pick.
Quarterbacks such as Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick have been second-round hits, while Russell Wilson has been a revelation in Seattle as the third-round pick in 2012.
According to Howard Simon, Bills general manager Buddy Nix was already interested in Nassib before hiring Marrone. With Marrone on board, the Bills now have the best scouting report available for Nassib's NFL potential.
If Marrone gives the Bills a positive review of Nassib, there's no reason to think a reunion between Marrone and Nassib can't happen this April. For a second-round pick, the Bills could do worse in attempting to rebuild their quarterback position.