Ryan Nassib, to the Buffalo Bills, makes perfect poetic sense with Doug Marrone taking over as head coach and figuring to make his offensive auteur statement at the pro level. The former Syracuse coach possesses two picks — eighth and 41st overall — that are in the neighborhood of where Orange quarterback could realistically realistically go. However, there is little certainty as to whether Marrone believes he provides the best value at either of those spots.
Whether Nassib’s a reach in round one or a dream in round two depends on which draftnik you ask, particularly in the case of one of the draft’s more polarizing players. The 6’2, 220-pound quarterback really burst onto the scene in an unexpected way last season, completing over 62 percent of his passes for 3,749 yards.
Nassib joined Syracuse was a two-star recruit while the Orange were riding six-consecutive seasons without a winning record. He would lead Marrone’s squad to two bowl wins in three years as starter. While it’s sometimes dangerous to pull too much from a quarterback’s win-loss record — let alone a college one —Nassib’s ability to elevate this mediocre program does carry value in the draft conversation, as Super Bowl champion coach Jon Gruden expressed to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King.
“Here’s a guy who went 3-0 against Geno Smith,” Gruden told King, who noted that Nassib’s college touchdown-to-interception ratio was 7-1 in contests against Geno Smith’s West Virginia Mountaineers. “Imagine this pressure: Syracuse is expected to be pretty good last year, and they start 0-2, and they’ve losing to Stony Brook at home at halftime the next week.
“He brings them back there to win. They beat Louisville. They win at Missouri. They really handle West Virginia in the bowl game. Those are some good wins, now. And they do it after changing their offense two weeks before the start of the regular season. I like the way he plays. I like the way he handled his own people booing him.”
Not to mention, Nassib has been regarded as the draft’s top quarterback prospect by two of the most respected draft experts in NFL Films’ Greg Cosell and the National Football Post’s Russ Lande.