Report: Bills worried Jets want QB Ryan Nassib
Kurt Warner might not think much of Ryan Nassib's quarterbacking skills, but that might not matter to several QB-needy teams with picks early in the first round.
Specifically: The Bills, who hold the eighth-overall selection and are in dire need of a franchise quarterback, could be in the Nassib business. (It doesn't hurt that first-year coach Doug Marrone was Nassib's coach at Syracuse). The predraft monkey wrench: the Jets, with selections No. 9 and No. 13, like Nassib a lot, too.
This is the latest speculation, anyway, courtesy of ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, who reported Wednesday that the Bills believe that the Jets have legitimate interest in Nassib. And if Buffalo doesn't take him eighth overall, New York would have three chances to get him (the aforementioned ninth and 13th selections, as well as pick No. 39) before the Bills go back on the clock with pick No. 41.
This is no doubt part of the smoke-screening that goes on in the days leading up to the draft, where obfuscation rules and the truth is scarce. That said, if the Bills truly like Nassib, they'll have to decide if he's worth a top-10 pick, or if the organization would instead be comfortable facing him twice a year should he end up with the Jets.
SalPal also reports that new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is "very high" on Nassib, which could be more smoke-screening or a clear signal that the Mark Sanchez era in New York is officially on its last legs.
As for Buffalo, a team with myriad needs that extend beyond quarterback, CBSSports.com's Clark Judge writes that the Bills would be better off passing on Nassib at the top of the draft.
"There are very few redeeming qualities about him," an NFL quarterbacks coach who studied Nassib and works with one of the league's top passers told Judge Tuesday. "I like the kid, but he doesn't have much beyond a strong personality, work ethic and football IQ. He forces too many balls, he's short (Nassib is 6-2) and he's not creative.
"He has one speed, and that's a fast ball, and the NFL is a league where quarterbacks throw change-ups. You have to be able to fire the first pass, float the next and then throw one sidearm, and I don't think he has the ability to do that."
Last month, NFL Films' Greg Cosell was one of the first analysts to jump on the Nassib bandwagon, calling him not just a first-round pick, but the best quarterback in the class.
"My No. 1 quarterback based on the film study I've done is Ryan Nassib," Cosell said at the time. "I like him overall more than Geno Smith. I think he's a much more precise intermediate thrower. I think the ball comes out with a little bit better velocity at the intermediate level. And I think he's a little more accurate. And I like his footwork a little bit better.
"No one here is at the (Andrew) Luck, RG3 level," Cosell continued. "Maybe not even the (Ryan) Tannehill level. At the end of the day, Nassib, at this point, would be the guy I like the most."
In 36 hours we'll know if the Bills -- or the Jets -- agree.
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