A handful of NFL clubs are in the market for a long term solution at quarterback. Bills GM Buddy Nix has said as much since last fall concerning Buffalo’s situation at the position. But with a quarterback class that most so called experts believe doesn’t offer much in the way of top 10 talent, many of the teams looking to add a signal caller will wait until round two. Kiper sees that as a potentially risky scenario for those clubs.
“You have to be careful, or you can get lucky,” said Kiper. “Cincinnati waited for Andy Dalton. Everybody thought Cincinnati was going to trade up to get Andy Dalton or would have to trade up to get Andy Dalton. It didn’t work that way. San Diego, Drew Brees fell to them after they made the deal for Michael Vick to go to Atlanta that year and it allowed them to get LaDainian Tomlinson and then they got Drew Brees.”
Nix was a part of San Diego’s scouting staff at the time, and he was rewarded again for being patient in last year’s draft when Buffalo saw OT Cordy Glenn fall to them at 41.
“It has worked being patient and getting some good luck and some good fortune,” said Kiper. “But to get Nassib where (the Bills) are picking in the second round, that’s something you would have to say is debatable. That’s at 41 and he could very easily go before that.”
In round two the pick order goes as follows.
34 San Francisco from Kansas City
37 Cincinnati from Oakland
39 New York Jets
Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Arizona and the Jets are all clubs that could consider quarterback and all four pick in front of the Bills in the second round. Kiper, who assumes the Bills would covet Nassib, believes if the Bills truly want him they may need to move up the board.
“The strength of their conviction on the quarterback will determine a lot of that,” said Kiper of the Bills. “If they feel they have to get Ryan Nassib, then they’ll move out and move up.”
That could prove difficult with just six picks in Buffalo’s arsenal in this draft unless they elect to use future picks.
“That’s determined by their feelings,” said Kiper. “Are they hoping to just be lucky and have good fortune? Or are they going to be aggressive and move up to go get him? That’s one of the interesting scenarios in this draft.”
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Doug Marrone, Mel Kiper, Nathaniel Hackett, Ryan Nassib
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