Buffalo Bills NFL Draft performance: So far, so good; thoughts on Bills not picking Nassib

2013-04-26T08:42:00Z Buffalo Bills NFL Draft performance: So far, so good; thoughts on Bills not picking NassibRobert Harding Auburn Citizen
April 26, 2013 8:42 am  • 

I was expecting the Buffalo Bills to draft a quarterback with the No. 8 overall pick. The Bills were on the clock. I was on the edge of my seat. And then ESPN's Adam Schefter ruined it for me.

Trade, he said. 

The Bills traded down, switching spots with the St. Louis Rams, who had two first round selections. The Bills also received another second-round pick, giving them two second-round selections on Day 2 -- No. 41 and No. 46 overall. 

Good trade for the Bills? You bet. It was more obvious, at that point, that the Bills were going to draft a quarterback. And they did.

Drafting Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel raised some eyebrows, but I think it's a good pick. He's a leader, a winner and has plenty of talent. Most of the scouting reports I've read about him are positive. They do point out a few flaws in his game. One of the flaws: Accuracy. If accuracy is a problem, it doesn't show up on the stat sheet. He completed 68 percent of passes for FSU in 2012. 

I watched a few Florida State games in the past two seasons. Manuel is a good quarterback. Is he an Andrew Luck or RGIII-caliber quarterback? Right now, I'd say no. But he has all the tools to be a winning quarterback in the NFL. 

To recap: The Bills drafted a quarterback -- a move most fans wanted. They also picked up an additional second round selection in the trade with St. Louis. Thursday was a good day for the Buffalo Bills. They drafted the guy who was clearly at the top of their list.

Hopefully, the Bills use their second round picks on a wide receiver and a defensive player -- maybe another pass rusher or a linebacker. They need another offensive guard, so that could be an area they address in the second round. 

They also have a third-round pick tonight, so if they don't address any of those areas in the second round, they likely will in the third. 

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Some Bills fans were surprised the team didn't draft Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. I was not.

You have to remember that this isn't Doug Marrone's decision. He's certainly part of the process, but this isn't like the college game. In the pros, you have a front office who calls the shots. They obviously like Manuel more than the rest of the quarterbacks on the board. Time will tell if they made the right call. 

That said, I'm sure Marrone really liked Manuel's game, too. Remember, Marrone wants a quarterback who can play in their system. If Manuel wasn't a good fit, he wouldn't have been drafted by the Bills. 

I don't doubt Nassib was high on their list for obvious reasons. But the Bills, as a team, went with the guy they thought could be their franchise quarterback. That guy was E.J. Manuel.

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