Now it’s time to officially turn the page to the 2013 season. AFC East teams will look to improve and one of the starting points is Saturday’s Senior Bowl.
Here are four players to keep an eye on for the AFC East:
Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
Why: Glennon has great size and his arm is big time. He certainly can make all the throws and that’s enough to wow scouts and wonder if he’s the right fit. The Jets and Bills are desperate for a starting quarterback in an uncertain draft. Glennon is one of the quarterbacks Bills general manager Buddy Nix personally scouted during the college season, for example. Glennon’s footwork and mobility are issues, and he needs to answer those questions this week and during the pre-draft process.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Teams interested: Miami Dolphins, Jets
Why: Ansah is a raw prospect but with unique physical gifts. He picked up football late and only has a few years of experience. However, you can’t teach athleticism, and Ansah has plenty of it. He is a pass-rushing defensive end that many teams covet. Miami and the Jets could use an athletic edge rusher defensively and will be watching Ansah closely this week. He is a projected top-15 pick.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Teams interested: Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, Bills
Why: Williams is an intriguing prospect. He could be on the radar for all four teams in the AFC East, because wide receiver is a need on every division team. Williams has good size and big-play capability. There is something about Baylor that continues to produce NFL receivers. Last year Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright were top draft picks and productive rookies. Williams is a borderline first- or second-round pick.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Team interested: Bills
Why: Nassib was the college quarterback for Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone at Syracuse. Naturally, Marrone is Nassib’s biggest supporter in the NFL ranks. Expect the Bills to have plenty of interest in Nassib during the pre-draft process. Nassib knows Buffalo’s new offensive system well and would have virtually no learning curve. He’s not the top quarterback prospect in the draft, but Nassib could be the best fit for the Bills and an ideal second-round pick.