The New York Giants picked up a major steal in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft when they took quarterback Ryan Nassib. One of the biggest surprises of the draft was that Nassib fell all the way to the fourth round, but when he did, the Giants made the wise choice of trading up in order to take him.
With Eli Manning entrenched as the Giant’s starting quarterback, Nassib knows right off the bat that he was drafted to be the backup, and of all the available QBs in this year’s draft, Nassib is the perfect choice to step in right away for the role.
As a three-year starter for the Syracuse Orange, Nassib was forced to learn a variety of different offenses during his college career, which should make him well-prepared to learn and handle any offense he’s asked to learn in the NFL, and do so quickly. It also helps that Nassib scored a 41 on the Wonderlic Test, which showed that he was by far the smartest quarterback in this year’s class.
It was Nassib’s intelligence that allowed Syracuse to switch to a no-huddle offense less than two weeks before their first game last season. The ability to adapt quickly and proficiency in a two-minute offense are traits that are important for backup quarterbacks to have, and they are both traits that Nassib has without question.
Furthermore, Nassib has the type of arm strength that won’t be affected by the windy conditions often present during Giant’s home games. He also led Syracuse comebacks from double-digit deficits three times last season against BCS-level teams, so if forced to enter a game late with his team behind, Nassib will have the poise to handle the situation.
With everything Nassib brings to the table, he is the ideal backup quarterback for the Giants, and he’ll be ready to take over that job right away. With a few mechanical tweaks and improvement on his deep ball, Nassib could develop into a quarterback that’s capable of starting for a lot of teams.
For now, the Giants have a valuable draft pick and an ideal backup quarterback.