Ryan Nassib: Bills Interest in QB with 41st Overall Pick Is a Smokescreen

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIMarch 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orang passes over Josh Francis #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Yahoo!'s Michael Silver reports that a growing consensus among NFL front-office executives is that the Buffalo Bills will go with quarterback Ryan Nassib with their second-round pick.

Picking 41st overall, Buffalo will need to get a high-impact player in the second round to build on any momentum it gains from the first round.

This could indicate that the Bills actually aren't thinking about a quarterback in the first round, despite reports of the team's interest in quarterbacks like Geno Smith and Matt Barkley.

If anything, the Bills' well-documented hot-and-cold interest in Nassib could simply be a clever ploy to throw off other teams looking to draft quarterbacks.

Don't try to connect the dots and peg Nassib to the Bills simply because new Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone was Nassib's coach at Syracuse. Just because the signal-caller knows the offense doesn't mean he'll be able to execute it well.

Think back to the 2008 NFL draft, when, near the end of the 2007 season, Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino was linked to Brian Brohm. Petrino had coached Brohm at Louisville and the two seemed like a perfect match.

Atlanta held the third pick, and Petrino would have had the opportunity to pick his old quarterback. Knowing Brohm's flaws, though, Petrino fled for Arkansas without waiting out another season. Brohm has since busted.

Some will argue that Marrone knows Nassib better than any other coach in the draft, which is true, but that also means that the coach is the most aware of Nassib's flaws. If the Doug Marrone-Ryan Nassib combination can only go 8-5 in the Big East, how can they expect to even crack .500 in the NFL?

The quarterback has shoddy (at best) accuracy to the sidelines and tends to float deep balls when he needs to fire them in. On the flip side, he likes to rifle short stick routes through his receivers, often times not throwing catchable passes.

On a team with receivers like Stevie Johnson and T.J. Graham who have issues with drops, the last thing the Bills need is a quarterback who has issues with his touch on passes.

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson makes a lot more sense for Buffalo, as he's used to having success in a hurry-up-style pro offense. Wilson's toughness is reminiscent of old Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (according to Mel Kiper) and the signal-caller's decision-making is spot on.

When comparing Wilson's decision-making (and ultimately his touch on passes) to Nassib, the choice seems easy for the Bills. In neither confirming nor denying their interest in the Syracuse quarterback, Doug Marrone and his staff are creating a market for Ryan Nassib and keeping other teams on their toes about the quarterback.

Their plan is working well.