(Sports Network) - With Ryan Fitzpatrick now in Tennessee, new Bills coach
Doug Marrone's first order of business is finding a quarterback and let's face
it, neither holdover Tarvaris Jackson or newcomer Kevin Kolb is the answer.
That has many putting two and two together and coming up with Marrone's old
signal-caller at Syracuse, Ryan Nassib, as the team's choice with the eighth
overall selection. By doing that, however, Marrone would be severely
curtailing his honeymoon as an NFL coach, a period which is generally far too
brief to begin with.
Nassib just isn't the type of prospect worthy of being a top 10 selection so
if he is Buffalo's plan, the organization would be best served moving down. If
not, standing pat and filling some other hole would be a better option.
In fact it's conceivable Nassib could still be around when it's Buffalo's turn
in the second round, the 41st selection overall.
The Bills also have plenty of issues in other places. The team needs a
complement to Stevie Johnson at wide receiver and its best offensive
lineman, guard Andy Levitre, signed with Tennessee in free agency. Meanwhile,
tight end Scott Chandler has proven to be an excellent safety valve and red
zone touchdown threat but tore his ACL in Week 16, making his status for the
start of 2013 very questionable.
On defense, Mike Pettine comes in as coordinator from the AFC East-rival Jets
and takes over an underachieving unit. On paper Buffalo is strong up front but
needs plenty of help in the back seven.
All three starting linebacker spots could be in flux since Nick Barnett
was released and both Kelvin Sheppard and Nigel Bradham are trying to
establish themselves. Corner Stephon Gilmore and free safety Jairus Byrd are
the constants in the secondary but need help.
If Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix can talk Marrone off the ledge, Alabama
guard Chance Warmack would be a nice replacement for Levitre at No. 8.
2012 Record: 6-10
Top Needs: LB, WR, QB, CB
First Three Picks: No. 8, No. 41, No. 71
Number of Selections: 6 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Stephen Gilmore (CB, South Carolina); 2011
- Marcell Dareus (DT, Alabama); 2010 - C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson); 2009 -
Aaron Maybin (DE, Penn State), Eric Wood (OL, Louisville); 2008 - Leodis
McKelvin (CB, Troy); 2007 - Marshawn Lynch (RB, California); 2006 - Donte
Whitner (S, Ohio State), John McCargo (DT, North Carolina State); 2005 - None;
2004 - Lee Evans (WR, Wisconsin), J.P. Losman (QB, Tulane); 2003 - Willis
McGahee (RB, Miami-Florida).
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