Buffalo Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia believes the Bills have narrowed down their selection at No. 8 to USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Nassib to the #Bills is the toast of draft rumor talk right now, but don’t forget about Barkley. They like him a lot, too. Two-horse race.
— Joe Buscaglia (@JoeBuscaglia) April 21, 2013
Draft week is a time to shut your ears down a little and take everything being bantered about with a grain of salt. Normally, I’d bypass posting a rumor but Buscaglia is a plugged in beat writer and the Bills have historically not been afraid of tipping their hand.
The Bills have done due diligence on all the 2013 quarterbacks and strongly seem to be heading in that direction. There has been growing speculation that the Bills and Doug Marrone would go with the known commodity in Ryan Nassib. Chris Mortensen added to that speculation today as he believes the Bills will be looking to select Nassib or trade down. In an ideal world, the Bills could do both: trade back and take Ryan Nassib in the middle of the first round range.
Growing belief around NFL it’s Nassib or trade down if they can RT @sabrefan0412: ANY. Idea which way the Bills are leaning at 8 ???
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 21, 2013
Barkley and Nassib make a ton of sense in Marrone’s offense as both appear to be best suited to play in a west coast timing offense as they struggle to push the ball vertically. These reports coincide with reports that Geno Smith’s agent is sweating out a draft day slide. There’s a strong sense that Geno Smith may not be the first quarterback off the board, contrary to what has been the widespread feeling throughout the pre-draft process.