Jan 24, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad quarterback Ryan Nassib of Syracuse (12) passes during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Te'o or Nassib in the first round?

Buffalo looks to be drafting either a LB or a QB in their first pick.  With no options at WR for an early first round pick, this is really the only options for the Bills.  Although there have been times that the Bills have surprised us in the past and drafted someone that we didn’t think was needed.

Mel Kiper sounds in on Manti Te’o…

The Bills really need help at interior linebacker, where Kelvin Sheppard is a good player, but won’t become a great one. Te’o doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he has elite instincts, elite intangibles and will become the leader of a defense by the end of training camp. He makes the Buffalo run defense better immediately, and very quietly was second in the nation in INTs, showing great awareness in his drops (and good hands) against the pass. He may not end up this high, but I’m sold on him as a high-level NFL middle linebacker.

Te’o is also a 3 down LB which will provide more depth to the Bills.

Peter Schrager from Fox Sports looks at Ryan Nassib…

Shocked to see Nassib this high? Don’t be. And no, this isn’t just linking Nassib to the Bills because of the Doug Marrone connection (though that certainly doesn’t hurt). When it’s all said and done and it’s draft weekend, Nassib is going to be a hot commodity. He’s got the smarts, physical tools and in this case — he’s played in cold weather. Are the Bills really going all in on Syracuse football? I know, it’s not quite Alabama. But I like Nassib and I love the fit in Buffalo, a team I’m (still) convinced is just a few more young pieces away from being a contender.

I like Nassib in the first round before Te’o more or less because of the drama that is surrounding Te’o right now and really do we need that in Buffalo right now?  The Syracuse connection does really help Nassib coming to Buffalo and he looked good in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Pittsburgh.

You can look at the rest of the LB and QB breakdown from the senior bowl here at Buffalobills.com.

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  • knightindentedarmor

    I would take Ogletree from Georgia over Te’o if the Bills take a MLB at # 8 or Tyler Wilson or Matt Barkley (if his shoulder has recovered and checks out) over Nassib if they prefer to take a QB instead.

    Those who say that Nassib is a great fit for the Bills because he has so much experience playing in cold weather ignore the fact that he played all of his home games in a dome. Landry Jones played in plenty of games in the cold and heavy winds at Oklahoma in his four years–perhaps even more than Nassib. And Geno Smith, who probably won’t be on the board at #8 (if he is, I’d take him in a heartbeat!), played in the elements even more during his time at West Virginia.

    A lot of people are ignoring L.Jones because he wasn’t as successful as some of his predecessors at Oklahoma, but, when he was healthy, his receiving corps was either banged-up or inexperienced (Wilson suffered this past season from losing his top three WRs from his junior season to the NFL as well) and, despite that, he still did a lot of winning in college against good competition. It would be close, but, right now, I’d probably take Jones over Nassib or Glennon–but not with the # 8 pick.

  • Jack Goods

    I just don’t think Te’o is all that talented, even taking away all the scandal that’s happened of late. I would like Ogletree or even better Jarvis Jones over him (though I don’t think Jones will be available by our pick).

    Jones is a guy that has been overlooked, which is odd because before this season he was the second most hyped of all this quarterbacks only to Barkley.