We’re roughly 25 hours from the beginning of the 2013 NFL Draft and things are starting to look both clearer and fuzzier, with report running rampant on team targets and player stocks. This afternoon, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that the Buffalo Bills are planning to target USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the 2nd Round, a sentiment first mentioned by Peter King earlier in the day.
Barkley has long been considered a second round quarterback, after a shoulder injury and increased interceptions withdrew him from most talk of him being a first rounder. With Carson Palmer having been recently acquired by the Arizona Cardinals, the only team that seemed possible of swiping Barkley early, Barkley’s stock has been up for grabs, with a slew of teams waiting for him in Round 2.
The report of the Bills being interested in Barkley in Round 2 is interesting, given head coach Doug Marrone’s link to Ryan Nassib, whom he coached while at Syracuse. With Buffalo targetting Barkley, it means one of two things: either they feel that Nassib will be off the board by the time their second round pick (the 41st overall pick) rolls around, or Barkley is truly beating out Nassib internally.
Other potential snatches of Barkley in the second round include Jacksonville at No. 33, Arizona at No. 38 and perhaps even the Jets at No. 39.