Photo of Ryan Nassib
Drafted By: Giants

Combine Results

Grade
78.7 ?
  • 5.06 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I told you I've known this kid since high school. I am so happy for this kid. He's a passionate kid with an edge. He's got some footwork issues, but if you want to talk about a kid with an edge to him who will make his teammates better, this is the kid. He's a tough kid. He lives in the weight room." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 227LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Nassib has earned a lot of publicity playing for a Syracuse program that hasn’t had double-digits in wins since 2001. The toughness he’s shown on the field and his progression as a passer over the past four years, however, hasn’t escaped the notice of NFL scouts for teams looking for a strong-armed passer with mobility. In fact, with his college head coach Doug Marrone now coaching the Buffalo Bills, many have connected the dots and are projecting Nassib as a top-50 selection.


He was the backup to Duke basketball transfer Greg Paulus as a redshirt freshman in 2009, then stepped into the starting job the following season (2,334 yards, 19 scores, eight interceptions) for a 8-5 team that won the Pinstripe Bowl over Kansas State thanks to his three touchdown throws. Though Nassib set school single-season records for completions (259), passing yards (2,685) and tied the top mark in touchdown passes (22) in 2011, the 5-7 Orange couldn’t reach the postseason. As a senior, Nassib looked in complete command of the Orange offense, completing 294-of-471 attempts for 3,749 yards on the way to tossing 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He continued to show off his mobility by picking up 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Syracuse finished with an 8-5 record.

Analysis

Strengths

Thick-bodied arm talent who can distribute the ball at every level. Plus velocity when balanced and clean in his footwork. Strong, quick release, gets the ball out in a hurry on hitches and slants. Accurate to all parts of the field when in rhythm. Comes off initial read, can look off safety to come to the opposite side of the field. Willing to shovel the ball or make a last-ditch throw to make a play instead of taking a sack. Displays the ability to step up within the pocket or move to either side to create space to throw. Flashes air, touch, and accuracy on fades in the end zone. Puts a lot of air under deep balls, giving his man a chance to make a play. Sells play action and screens well. Places the ball on the run, especially to his right. Competitive player who directs his teammates well and does not give up on any game. Tough enough to take big hits, bull for a first down with his feet.

Weaknesses

Possesses only average height for the position. Gunslinger mentality causes him to trust his arm and receivers too much, resulting in bad decisions/turnovers. Not in elite in his mobility or elusiveness outside the pocket, won’t run away from NFL defenders. Footwork is inconsistent, gets happy and actually hops around when trying to find a target. Must be more consistent transferring weight through the throw, relies on his strong arm at times and comes up short on outs or sails throws over the middle. Works nearly exclusively out of the shotgun, but has athleticism to handle plays under center.

NFL Comparison

Jake Locker

Bottom Line

Nassib doesn’t have exceptional size or athleticism, but the muscle bound thrower has a rifle for an arm and was finally comfortable in the Syracuse offense in 2012, even though his happy feet might suggest differently. The senior might have a tendency to sail targets and force some poor reads, but multiple teams will likely consider adding Nassib as an early starter, not just a backup or developmental prospect as many suspected prior to this season.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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