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Four days until the draft kicks off we continue our spotlight series that will take an in-depth look at some of the top prospects and where they could fit in team’s draft plans.
Ryan Nassib has been a major source of contention in my evaluation process. I have been on record as rating him as a 3rd-4th round prospect. While many, including Jon Gruden, rate him as the top quarterback in this draft class. Far be it from me to challenge the eye of Gruden and many others who see a special skill set in the Syracuse signal caller but I struggle to find a lot to love with the kid.
Nassib hails from West Chester, Pennsylvania and attended Malvern Prep. He was rated as the 34th rated prospect in the state of Pennsylvania and chose Syracuse after drawing little interest from other major schools.
Athletics was in Nassib’s blood. His father played at Deleware and his mother was a volleyball player at Villanova. His cousin, Joe, is a current Syracuse corner and brother, Carl, is a defensive end for Penn State.
Nassib is a standout in the classroom, earning his bachelor’s during the 2011 season and is currently working on his master’s in accounting.
On the field, Nassib redshirted in 2008 but beat out incumbent starter Cameron Dantley in 2009. Nassib would be jumped by Duke transfer Greg Paulus after a week of fall practice but saw action in 10 games, throwing for 422 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Nassib would take over as a full-time starter in 2010 and finish out as a three-year starter for Doug Marrone’s squad. Nassib proved to be a capable sophomore as a redshirt sophomore as he led the Orange to a 7-5 record and a win in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The 2011 season was a relative disappointment as the Orange finished with a 5-7 record and failed to make a bowl appearance. That said, Nassib took clear steps forward as a quarterback as a junior. He improved on his completion percentage and appeared to be a much more accurate passer capable of making plays with his arm.
As a senior, Nassib would carve his name into the Syracuse record books as he became the school’s all-time leader in passing yards (9,060), pass completions (780), and passing yards per game (201.3). More importantly, Nassib would lead his team to another win in the Pinstripe Bowl, this time outdueling West Virginia’s Geno Smith. Read the rest of this entry » «Draft Spotlight: Ryan Nassib»