The fourth round of last year’s draft began with a stunner. After giving up three first-round picks and a second-round pick to secure the services of quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins devoted their fourth-round pick not on one of the other areas of need, but on another quarterback.
Kirk Cousins came off the board with the seventh pick in the fourth round, the Redskins were criticized for setting up another potential Heath Shuler-Gus Frerotte fiasco, and then they were praised when Cousins was able to play — and play well — after Griffin suffered a December knee injury.
This year, the Bills traded down from No. 8 to No. 16, selecting quarterback E.J. Manuel. And as their fourth-round pick looms, the player coach Doug Marrone tutored at Syracuse remains available.
So would the Bills take Nassib? Manuel, a mobile quarterback, presents similar injury risks as Griffin. The more a quarterback runs with the ball, the more he’s exposed to the kind of hit that will knock him out for a series, a quarter, a game, a month, or a season. With Nassib already knowing the system that the Bills are installing, he becomes a great insurance policy — and an excellent tutor for Manuel.
So pay attention when the Bills prepare to use the eighth overall pick in round four. Crazier things have happened.
Like when the Redskins took Cousins last year.