Frank Ordonez The Post-Standard 2012©
Ever since Doug Marrone was hired as the Buffalo Bills' head coach, there has been speculation of him turning the Bills into an "Orange Team". As a Syracuse Orange fan myself, I somewhat agree with the speculation that has been floating around. I believe that at least one member of the past Pinstripe Bowl Championship team will end up in Buffalo. Alec Lemon is a receiver Marrone developed from a slot guy, to the best receiver for Syracuse. Those not familiar with Lemon, should know he is a possession receiver, who runs crisp routes, and has a good set of hands. Lemon will definitely end up will the Bills.
The bigger question is will Ryan Nassib be drafted by Buffalo? The answer to that question is yes. Some NFL scouts say that Nassib is the best quarterback in the draft. Others say he is anywhere from the third to ninth best quarterback in the draft. Nassib is a quarterback who has shown he can read defenses and go through his progressions. He has also shown that his decision making can be flat out awful at times. Nassib has the stature and the arm to make it at the next level. I believe Nassib is the best quarterback in this draft, and that he will be selected by the Bills with either the 8th overall pick or the 41st overall pick. There are many quarterbacks that will be available for the Bills to select, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson, Tyler Bray, Zac Dysert, Mike Glennon, Landry Jones, and EJ Manuel.
There are three major reasons why Ryan Nassib will go to the Bills.
Reason One: Ryan Fitzpatrick will be gone, he is due $7.25 million next year. There have already been rumors floating around about him leaving. I think a trade could be the most likely thing to occur. I think the Cardinals are going to be the recipient of this trade.
Reason Two: The Bills have hired offensive coordinator Nate Hackett. Nate Hackett was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and tightends coach this past year at Syracuse. One year prior, in his first year with the Orange he served as the passing game coach, quarterbacks coach, and tightends coach. He turned Nassib from a 50% completion percentage quarterback, to a back to back solid 62.5% completion percentage. Hackett clearly understands Nassib as a quarterback, and likes him enough to share this insight. "Coach Hackett actually told me this a couple years ago and I kind of put it in the back of my mind. Quarterbacks want to get drafted to a team where there is a quarterbacks coach that can develop them. For a situation like this, who better to develop a quarterback than someone you have been with the last three years," -Ryan Nassib (syracuse.com). Doug Marrone wants an offensive coordinator, who understands his system and the quarterback, the same, if not better than himself.
Reason Three: Doug Marrone "loves" Ryan Nassib. "I'll tell you what, I love him," Marrone said. "He did an outstanding job for our football team. He's really grown the last couple of years. He put an emphasis on the leadership role and really took over the team. ... He's going to be playing in this league," (espn.go.com). Doug Marrone just happens to be Nasssib's number one fan.
There is no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III this year, a.k.a. franchise quarterbacks, who have "can't miss" talent. With that said, there is a bigger risk for Doug Marrone to go with any other quarterback in this year's draft. He knows Ryan Nassib's strengths and weaknesses, not like some of the other quarterbacks in the draft. That it why Buffalo fans will be wearing Syracuse jerseys next year.
Ryan Nassib will likely rise up like all quarterbacks do in this modern day, and be selected eighth overall by the Buffalo Bills in this year's draft.
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Ordonez, Frank. Doug Marrone shakes hands with Ryan Nassib during senior day activities prior to the Syracuse-Louisville game on November 10.. N.d. The Post-Standard 2012, Syracuse New York.Syracuse.com. Web. 23 Jan. 2013.
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