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April 25, 2013

MEILER: No perfect scenario for Bills in first round

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Niagara Gazette — That move would be a lateral step at best, letting a player walk in free agency and spending a valuable asset filling a need that the team could’ve been avoided.

So what will the Bills do?

It’s tough to get a read because the top quarterbacks bring so many question marks. Milliner falling to No. 8 is likely the dream scenario, where a top-5 talent at a position of need falls into Buffalo’s lap.

Nassib at No. 8 makes the most sense, thanks to his familiarity with the coaching staff and the wide variety of opinions on him. (Mike Mayock and John Gruden both call him the top QB in the class, while ESPN’s rankings have him outside the top-50 prospects.)

The Pennsylvania native also feels like more of a fit in Western New York than Barkley, who’s spent his entire life in Los Angeles. At Syracuse, Nassib learned what it was like to be on a losing team, and if his senior season was any example, he also learned what it takes to start to turn it around. It feels like his career is on the upswing, while Barkley, who’s been in the national spotlight since high school, seems to be on more of a decline.

Barring a trade down, Nassib probably has the best chance to find himself wearing a Bills hat tonight. Hopefully, for the sake of Bills fans everywhere, we won’t be going through this again in 2016.

Respond to Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler or by email at mike.meiler@niagara-gazette.com.

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