A couple of weeks ago, Big Ten analyst and former NFL scout, Russ Lande tweeted out, “This week, I had a higher up in nfl tell me none of this year’s qb’s are as good as Nassib.”
— Russell Lande (@RUSSLANDE) February 19, 2014
Lande’s tweet is certainly high praise for a player who did not dress in a single regular season game for the New York Football Giants last season. The fact of the matter is that Nassib could not beat out journeyman quarterback Curtis Painter for the backup position behind Eli Manning in 2013, so to rate him ahead of Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel seems curious at best.
More telling is the fact that former Syracuse University head coach, Doug Marrone, who was hired as the Buffalo Bills’ head coach last off season, passed on selecting Nassib four times, despite the fact that the Bills were in dire need of help at the quarterback position.
Red flags should go up when a coach, who spends more time with a player than any scout possibly can, passes on a player he formerly coached when given the opportunity to draft him, especially in an area of need.
New York gave up their sixth round selection (187th), as well as their fourth round draft pick (116th), last year to move up six places to draft the former Syracuse Orange quarterback in the fourth round (110th), so the G-men did not give away the store in order to draft Nassib. But the idea that Nassib is better than Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel has to be questioned at its core.
In terms of Nassib being the understudy to Eli Manning, fans should understand that the former Orange signal caller will turn 24 years old this month. By comparison, the Giants’ second and third round draft picks, Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore, will only turn 22 years old this year, so Nassib is a full two years older than his draft classmates.
These facts are not meant to dismiss Nassib’s talent and potential to be an effective NFL player, but instead are intended to shine the light on the facts of his situation with New York, in light of the comparisons being made this year. And based upon his draft result, as well as his inability to impress the coaching staff enough to dress on Sunday, Nassib continues to be, at best, a work in progress.
For those looking for more factual data, understand that when given the opportunity to play in the preseason, Nassib completed less than 40 percent of his passes (7 of 19). Apologists could make an argument about the supporting cast that Nassib had to play with, but fourth round draft picks are never going to run with the first unit immediately, so in that respect, it is what it is.
From appearances, the entire 2013 quarterback class could be the most disappointing in a long time. The lone first round pick, E.J. Manual was serviceable, but injury prone for the Buffalo Bills, not what a franchise is looking for in a first round investment.
Mike Glennon, third round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, out of N.C. State, became a starter by default, but may have the biggest upside of all the QBs in the class. Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) was cut by the quarterback deficient Oakland Raiders in training camp. In a couple of appearances, Matt Barkley showed why he slid to the fourth round, and Landry Jones, B.J. Daniels and Zac Dysert appear to be no more than clipboard holders in the NFL.
Time will tell for Nassib, but based upon the results thus far, New York may have been better served to hold onto their own pick to select Barrett Jones (Alabama) or Khaseem Green (Rutgers).