Bills head coach Doug Marrone clearly had a special relationship with his Syracuse players. When asked near the end of day 2 of the NFL draft if he was surprised that his college QB Ryan Nassib was still on the board as round three came to a close.
Marrone was visibly disappointed that Nassib had yet to be taken by an NFL club after the first three rounds.
“I’m extremely surprised,” said Marrone. “I think the world of Ryan. He has a strong work ethic. He’s a tough kid with a very good arm and I think he’ll be a great addition to whatever team selects him. He has the skill set to be successful. I wish him the best of luck. I think he’ll be successful in this league and I really believe a team will select him soon.”
Marrone went so far as to admit that Nassib’s fate as well as that of Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas pained him.
“You look at it and you’re coming from a team with players that you recruited,” said Marrone. “There are still some players that are on the board. You love those kids and you love what they’ve done for you. There are great qualities. Prior to taking this job I’ve talked to multiple teams in the league about those players. I’ve had nothing but great things to say about all of them.
“Shamarko Thomas is still out there. It is difficult because you care about those players. You have feelings for those players. Those players helped me get me where I am right now and we’ve been through a lot. Human nature you take a job and you do what you have to do. You do what’s best for the organization that you’re at. At the same time the human side, the feelings that you have. It’s hard, but you’re making decisions for what’s best for your organization. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that it does hurt. That’s the human side of it.”
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Doug Marrone, Ryan Nassib, Shamarko Thomas
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