Most likely the top quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft class, former West Virginia Mountaineers standout Geno Smith is set to meet with the Buffalo Bills organization on Friday, per a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Smith is being heavily courted by the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars, and this will be his second visit with the Bills after meeting with the team during the 2013 NFL Combine.
The most connected quarterback in this draft class to the Buffalo Bills is Ryan Nassib because of the connection between Nassib and Doug Marrone. Executives have stated that the Bills will most likely take Nassib with their second-round draft choice, and they noted that teams that really want Nassib should plan on taking him in the first round. I don’t mind Nassib, but I don’t think he’s worth a second-round selection- taking him the first-round would be crazy.
The Marrone-Nassib angle seems a little overplayed, even if Marrone coached him with the Syracuse Orange. I could see him fitting their scheme, but the only way they are justified in taking Nassib in the early second is if the vast majority of the Bills organization is sold on him.
Anyway, there is no doubt that the Bills need a franchise quarterback, and this is something Buddy Nix reiterated long before that taped phone conversation between Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t the answer, and Tarvaris Jackson is clearly not the answer either. Geno Smith could be the answer, and it sounds like the Bills are strongly considering taking him if they can in the first round. That’s a good mentality to have, because the Bills need to gather as much information as possible on every draftable quarterback available. When selecting a quarterback in the draft with the intention of nabbing a franchise guy, all avenues must be exhausted and all resources must be tapped into in order to ensure optimal accuracy.
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