Photo of Carl Nassib
Drafted By: Browns
  • Round 3
  • Pick 2
  • Overall 65

Combine Results

5.65 ?
  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He had a monster fifth year. A comparison is Jared Allen, but he has no clue what he's doing yet. He plays hard, has a relentless motor that you will not believe. He's a really good edge rusher with upside." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'7" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 277LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands


One of the better stories of the 2015 college football season, Nassib went from preferred walk-on status to two years of special teams play to leading the nation in sacks (school record 15.5) and forced fumbles (six) in his senior year. Nassib garnered unanimous All-American honors for his efforts(19.5 tackles for loss) while also winning the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Lombardi Award as the nation's top offensive or defensive lineman, the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation's top defensive end, and the Lott IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity) Trophy. Nassib was also a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy for the player with the best career as a former walk-on, and the Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defender. Now scouts have to figure out if Nassib is a one-year wonder or a true star in the making.



Desires to succeed and is relentless in his pursuit. Former walk-­on who was told by Bill O'Brien (then-Penn State coach) that he needed to forget about playing pro football. Was offered a scholarship six months later. Long levers with big hands and comes off the ball with good upfield burst. Has straight­-line speed. Excellent feel for navigating around the pass rush arc with maximum efficiency. Uses subtle hand play and lateral body lean to turn the corner and get after the quarterback. Comes off the ball with proper pad level and brings hips into contact to try and maximize his strength. Uses proper arm extension, plus vision and a well-­timed shed to attack running backs in his gaps. Smart, instinctive defender who is able to diagnose plays quickly. National sack leader despite missing two games. Forced six fumbles this season.


One-year wonder. Not physical at the point of attack and can be mauled by power. Thin through legs and needs more mass across his frame for improved base and play strength. Not much twitch as an athlete. Average change of direction and finds himself out of position to make tackles. Lacking agility and ends up on ground too often. More of a grab and drag tackler than bodied­-up finisher. Missed 10 tackles in 2015 and had just four run stuffs. His motor causes him to fatigue in spots. Relies on "wide­-9" launch-point for favorable angle around the corner as rusher. Lacks speed­-to­-power rush ability and needs to add more counter moves.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

Sources Tell Us

"He's an upside projection type. He's inexperienced, but still has height, weight, speed, length and now production." ­-- Midwest area scout

NFL Comparison

Trent Murphy

Bottom Line

Nassib is a raw, inexperienced defensive end with an outstanding motor and the instincts and feel to make more plays than his athleticism might warrant. Football runs in the Nassib family and Carl is a willing, hungry worker who will have to improve his strength and add more wrinkles to his pass rushing approach in order to meet the projections that some teams have for him.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster