The 2013 NFL draft is tonight and the Bills are in a sort of make-or-break position with the No. 8 overall pick. The team has a major void at the quarterback position and has been linked throughout the week to both Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib.
Coincidently, rumors have surfaced that the New York Jets, who hold picks No. 9 and No. 13 overall, and the Jacksonville Jaguars who hold the No. 2 and No. 33 overall picks, both are highly interested in Nassib and Barkley.
As soon as the report leaked, it seemed like a petty attempt to force the Bills into “reaching” for either of the signal callers at No. 8, instead of risking their guy being gone if they were to trade down.
The Jets have been rumored to be very high on Tavon Austin, so like clockwork, a leak out of One Bills Drive was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport on Twitter that Austin was the No. 1 overall player on the Bills’ draft board.
Buddy Nix has always stuck to his draft board since becoming the General Manager of the Bills prior to the 2010 NFL Draft and doesn’t seem like the type to get rattled by opposing franchises posturing and sending smokescreens.
If the Bills have Nassib and Barkley rated similarly, which I believe they do, they shouldn’t have any concerns regarding the Jets’ strategy. Basing their own draft plans based on what another franchise “might” do, would be the worst mistake a general manager could make.
There’s no doubt that the Bills are high on both quarterbacks, but I still believe the team needs to select the best player on their board, whether that’s a wideout, a linebacker, a quarterback, or even a defensive back. The big names are Geno Smith, E.J. Manuel, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley, with a close tier two consisting of Tyler Wilson, Mike Glennon and Zac Dysert.
If the Bills take Nassib or Barkley at eight, great. If they see a player that will impact the team more positively than either of the two at another position, great. The Jets are the only team standing in the way, in the first round at least, and I don’t think they’re giving up on Sanchez this year.
The Bills need to stick to their board and don’t let other team’s smokescreens cloud their vision of what direction they want to go in tonight’s draft.