Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nix talks Senior Bowl QBs not named Ryan Nassib


For Buffalo Bills fans, the name Ryan Nassib has quickly become as familiar as Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Nassib’s rise to the top part of the Bills’ prospective quarterback list has been as fast as the team’s decision-making process on coach Doug Marrone. But with Marrone now in place and his familiarity with his former Syracuse signal-caller, Nassib has jumped from a mid-2nd round option to a potential top 10 selection before anyone snagged even a second look at the other QBs in contention at the Senior Bowl.

That opportunity came Wednesday, and general manager Buddy Nix talked with the Bills’ website about two of the other quarterbacks in Mobile, Ala. not named Nassib. (photo: Akulawolf, Flickr)

First up was Arkansas’s Tyler Wilson, who showed off a bit of his mobility on Tuesday while rolling out and connecting with Tennessee’s Mychal Rivera. Nix said Wilson’s arm was a question mark coming into this week’s preparation, but that question has since been answered.

“My thinking was he got kind of beat up during the year,” Nix told “They didn’t have great protection for him, he took a lot of licks. From watching him at the school his arm wasn’t that strong. But the two days I’ve watched him here, he’s got a live arm. He’s got plenty of arm.”

Wilson boasted a completion rate of more than 60 in his final two years in college, and he averaged more than 3,500 yards in those two years, as well.

Nix also mentioned North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon (pictured), though he was sure to note the quarterback’s lack of mobility as compared with Wilson and Nassib.

“He’s a true drop back passer and he can throw it through a wall,” Nix said. “He’s got a strong arm, and he can see. The only negative on him is mobility. He’s not a running quarterback. But he’s a guy that can slide and can get out of the way, and he’s got a really strong arm.”

Glennon had 31 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons with the Wolfpack. Though his completion rate was less than 60 his final year, he threw for more than 4,000 yards, but he was also sacked 36 times.

The other quarterbacks Nix failed to mention are Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, Florida State’s EJ Manuel, and Zac Dysert of Miami (OH). Of the three, Jones is the strongest candidate in terms of straight stats, throwing for more than 4,200 yards at a completion rate of 66 percent his senior year. He also averaged 30 touchdowns in his four years with the Sooners.

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