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Ryan Nassib wanted to be a Bill, but Giants 'an even better spot'

By Tim Graham

Ryan Nassib wasn't merely being diplomatic when he expressed a desire to be the Buffalo Bills' quarterback.

He recently reiterated his pre-draft hopes on "Larry King Now," which is an actual thing on

The Bills instead drafted Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel 16th overall, and the New York Giants took Nassib in the fourth round.

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Doug Marrone hurts for Ryan Nassib

By Jay Skurski   

One of the biggest storylines through the first two nights of the NFL Draft is the fact Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib remains an undrafted player.

Nassib was widely considered to be a first- or second-round talent by several experts coming into the draft, and was a popular mock pick to the Buffalo Bills with the eighth overall selection in the first round, including here at The News.

"I'm extremely surprised," said Nassib's former coach at Syracuse, current Bills coach Doug Marrone. "I think the world of Ryan. He has a strong work ethic. He's a tough kid. He has a very good arm and I think he'll be a great addition to whatever team selects him. He has the skillset to be successful. I wish him the best of luck. I think he'll be successful in this league."

Marrone wore the look of a pained man in discussing Nassib, correctly pointing out that if it weren't for the quarterback's accomplishments at Syracuse, the coach very likely would not have made it to the NFL.

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Will new Bills QB be moribund organization's Manuel ignition?

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills know something nobody else does?

That idea alone is fascinating.

The chance of it being true is small based on the organization's track record. But maybe -- just maybe -- the Bills were smart to name EJ Manuel their franchise quarterback.

And if that decision is proven to be correct, while gathering two additional draft picks, then the possibilities are endless.

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Jim Kelly suggests Bills draft a WR first, omits Ryan Nassib

By Tim Graham

Jim Kelly has a two-step draft plan for the Buffalo Bills.

With the caveat Buffalo is comfortable enough with Kevin Kolb winning the quarterback job, Kelly advises his former team to take a wide receiver first, a quarterback second.

"Here's what I would do: If I know enough about Kevin Kolb and I know he can be the guy to start my season, I would take a wide receiver," Kelly said Wednesday night on a preview edition of his new SiriusXM NFL Radio show "No Huddle" with Andre Reed and Steve Tasker.

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Road to the Draft: Ryan Nassib

By Jay Skurski

Ryan Nassib

Position: Quarterback
School: Syracuse
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 227 pounds
40 time: 5.06 seconds. Vertical: 28.5 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds.
2012 stats: 294 of 471, 3,749 yards, 26 TDs, 10 INTs
Draft projection: First-second round

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You know what's going to happen in the draft? Want to bet?

By Tim Graham

I pass along this information only to, ahem, enhance your viewing pleasure of the draft tonight.

Online sportsbook has posted an array of proposition bets -- many of which will be influenced by what the Buffalo Bills do with their eighth overall pick -- on various positions and prospects. sets the over-under total on quarterbacks drafted in the first round at 1.5, safeties at 2.5 and receivers at 3.5.

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Find comprehensive TBN draft coverage within this one blog post

John Butler, Bill Polian and Marv Levy pretend to study their draft research for a photographer back in the Bills' glory days.

By Tim Graham

Since the NFL scouting combine two months ago, the Buffalo News has delivered a steady current of draft coverage.

We hoped it would be enough to whet your appetite in the early days of the offseason. Bills reporters Jay Skurski and Mark Gaughan anchored our position-by-position draft preview series and wrote capsules on dozens of the top prospects over the past several weeks.

With the first round finally happening at 8 tonight, let's funnel all of those preview stories and player profiles into one pool of go-to Buffalo News links.

There's no better way to follow the draft than by picking up this morning's actual NFL draft preview section, with sweet cover art (quarterback draft picks as lottery scratch-off tickets) designed by News illustrator Daniel Zakroczemski.

But you also can dive in and soak up our online coverage to prepare for the next three days. The first round is tonight. The second and third rounds are Friday night. The fourth through seventh rounds take place Saturday afternoon.

From today's draft preview section:

On the Press Coverage blog:

The News' eight-part positional series:

The News won't stop there. Follow our intensive NFL draft coverage, beginning with a live video show co-hosted by Skurski and me at 7:30 tonight on We will have reports from Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan at One Bills Drive, as well as an ongoing live chat.

The chat will resume during the second and third rounds Friday along with video highlights and analysis from Orchard Park.

A fundamental concern with the Bills drafting Ryan Nassib

By Tim Graham

This has been my issue with the idea of the Buffalo Bills drafting Ryan Nassib as their supposed quarterback of the future:

If the Bills do that, then they didn't hitch their wagon to Doug Marrone nearly four months ago; they essentially would have decided in January the organization's future would hinge on Syracuse's quarterback.

Russ Brandon's legacy as Bills president, the team's profitability and the chances of steering out of a seemingly never-ending ditch will depend less on the Marrone hire and more on whomever they draft to be their franchise quarterback.

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Video: Gaughan, Graham and Skurski recap Bills' draft luncheon

Buddy Nix: Bills wouldn't be reaching if they take QB at No. 8

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills claim, contrary to popular belief, they won't be overextending for a quarterback if they draft one eighth overall next week.

"This quarterback class is better than everybody thinks it is," Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said today at the club's annual pre-draft press luncheon. "It's better than the publicity they get.

"Five or six of those guys -- maybe seven -- do a lot of things good and do them good enough to win. This is not a standard answer. I've said this from the start, that two or three of these guys will be franchise quarterbacks. I believe that."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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