In his most recent mock draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay has the Buffalo Bills taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the eighth overall pick.
But if Smith’s not there, McShay was asked Friday on a conference call with reporters, should the Bills stay with a quarterback? Would Ryan Nassib, who played under new Bills coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett at Syracuse, make sense at No. 8?
McShay was far from sold on the idea.
“I’ll be totally honest, I gave them a quarterback just because it didn’t feel right to finish a whole first round and not have one,” McShay said. “Listen, I like Ryan Nassib a lot. I think he has a chance to develop into a great backup and there’s an outside chance he can become a solid starter. But to use the eighth overall pick on Ryan Nassib, I think, would be a big mistake.”
That’s because McShay is of the belief that the 2013 class does not contain elite quarterback talent. In fact, Scouts Inc. has just Smith among its top 32 prospects, at No. 30.
That leaves the Buffalo Bills in an interesting position heading into this week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, given General Manager Buddy Nix’s stated goal of adding a rookie to his team’s quarterback mix.
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