New York Giants draft picks are usually bore-snore, meaning, they are usually safe. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that, and it has worked for them, but they made a curious, and surprising move on Day 3 of this year’s NFL draft.
On Saturday afternoon, the Giants traded up six spots with the Arizona Cardinals, in the fourth round, to select Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib with the 110th overall pick.
Quarterback controversy for the other New York team?
No, not at all. Ryan Nassib isn’t going in to take over for Eli Manning, at least not any time soon. Big Blue’s quarterback Eli Manning, who is 32 years old, isn’t getting any younger, so the Giants have been looking for a young quarterback to develop. But the Giants might have also made this move to use Nassib as an asset they would be able to trade down the road.
Either way, the quarterback will bring value to the franchise. He can be Eli Manning’s understudy, or, as mentioned before, used as trade-bait.
Let’s take a closer look at what Nassib brings to the table.
Ryan Nassib is a good quarterback and had a successful career in Syracuse. He may still need some development, but he is talented. In 2012, Nassib led the Big East in pass completions, passing yards and total touchdowns. He completed 62 percent of his passes, threw for 3,753 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He has good arm strength to make throws into tight windows and can make plays while on the run. He’s great with the play-action and is also a good quick-passer. He’s more than a one-read passer and does a good job of knowing what the coverage is and where they will end up. The quarterback doesn’t have blazing speed but he does have good feet around the pocket.
Nassib is known, though, to sail footballs over the head of receivers, and his decision-making at times is questionable. He also needs to work on his accuracy on longer passes. Nassib is a good enough quarterback to lead an offense, but isn’t the type of quarterback to push the offense to the max without some help around him—but being under the tutelage of a quarterback like Manning will definitely be beneficial to Nassib. He can learn a lot from the veteran.
So, after Eli is done, will Nassib be able to take over and lead the franchise?