Leading up to the 2013 NFL draft there were several quarterbacks that could have been the first to hear their named called at Radio City Music Hall. One signal-caller deserving of a top draft choice was senior Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse University.
Nassib , a native of Westchester, Pennsylvania, was a three year starter for the Orangemen and left holding the school's record in passing yards and passing completions. He led the team to a victory in the Pin Stripe Bowl against West Virginia and fellow 2013 NFL quarterback draftee Geno Smith.
Nassib's college career also made him only the fourth quarterback in Mideast Conference history to throw for over 9,000 yards . With all that success, Nassib was thought by some to be the top quarterback to come out of the 2013 NFL Draft and was considered a top 10 pick by some of the top NFL scouts. Like most quarterbacks in April's Draft, Nassib would have to wait to hear his name called. In fact, Nassib did not get drafted in the first round or even the second round, but had to wait until the mid fourth round to hear his name called. Lucky for him that team was the New York Giants.
Ryan Nassib is a pure pro-style quarterback. Coming out of the pro-style offense run at Syracuse, Nassib has the experience to start in the NFL someday soon. Though he stands only 6-foot-2 , Nassib has great arm strength and has the ability to throw the deep ball to make big plays down the field. Nassib is also very careful with the football and does not turn the ball over that much.
He averaged less than 10 interceptions a season in college. Nassib's accuracy is a little bit questionable because of his low completion percentage during his career at Syracuse. He comes into a great situation being drafted by the New York Giants, where he can sit behind two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning for a couple of years and have the ability to improve on his weaknesses and develop as a quarterback.
For some quarterbacks coming from college to the NFL, sitting on the bench isn't what they want to do but if you look at Aaron Rogers who sat behind Brett Favre for three years not playing right away can be a blessing in disguise. By most estimates, Nassib wasn't polished to play right away in the NFL and his situation with the Giants will make a better quarterback in the long run.