Nassib to Learn from Manning

On the third day of the 2013 NFL Draft, Nassib got the nod and the open opened to his professional future. More inside.

Syracuse Orange football alum Ryan Nassib had to wait his turn to take over as the starting quarterback in college, and followed by waiting in the NFL Draft.

With two days and three rounds having gone by, Nassib woke up on Saturday, April 27th, still looking for a home. He did not have to look far, as the New York Giants, who play in New Jersey, selected Nassib with the 110th overall pick.

The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native and Syracuse alum will be close to both his roots and his college home.

Nassib will benefit from now being under the tutelage of one Eli Manning, who just so happens to know what he is doing. The Giants' quarterback has helped lead the team to two Super Bowl appearances in the 21st century and has taken home the Vince Lombardi trophy both times.

The Syracuse quarterback is capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL, but a couple years of learning can benefit him on a career that could reach and surpass a decade in the league.

No Orange quarterback has been drafted since Donovan McNabb was in 1999. Nassib is the fourth quarterback to be drafted out of Syracuse University, with McNabb, Don McPherson, and Bill Hurley also being selected.

Heading into the NFL, his success at Syracuse is expansive. No one has completed more passes in a career or in a single game or achieved more yards in a game, a season, or a career as a member of the Orange than Nassib. The newest Orange quarterback draftee also leaves Syracuse as the leader in touchdown passes within one season, consecutive games throwing at least one touchdown pass, and total offense for a single game and within a single season.

Nassib was said by former head coach Doug Marrone to have known the offense better than anyone he had known, and that was before this past season.

The young quarterback has had success in a slower-paced huddle offense and in a fast-paced no huddle style.

He spreads the ball out to numerous wide receivers, his tight ends, and his running backs, making any offense he is in difficult to cover.

Nassib has gotten better at surveying the field instead of going to his first look and has gotten away from telegraphing his passes.

When pressured, Nassib has displayed his ability to run horizontally and get the ball down the field vertically, as well as being able to use his feet when nothing is available in the passing game.

With plenty of talent and time to learn, Nassib also has the opportunity to experience the NFL with his college teammate, offensive lineman Justin Pugh, who was drafted by the Giants as well (first round, 19th overall). Pugh aided Nassib in reaching his success by offering superb protection for him.

Ironically, Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin was the Syracuse football alum to select former Syracuse players. The former member of the Orange backfield chose to add both Nassib and Pugh, two players that fellow Syracuse alum and new Buffalo Bills' head coach Doug Marrone passed on.

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