It might have come as a surprise to some when the New York Giants drafted former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth round on the NFL Draft. The Giants felt so good about Nassib, they actually traded up in the fourth round in order to get him with the 110th overall pick. The natural question immediately became what do the Giants have in mind for him?
Obviously he’s not going to supplant Eli Manning as the starting quarterback. Two Super Bowl victories have a way of buying you some time, and Manning is still at the top of his game at 32 years old. However, Nassib very well could end up at number two on the depth chart with only veteran David Carr in his path.
Considering that some draft experts (namely ESPN’s Todd McShay) had Nassib going as high as number eight overall to the Buffalo Bills, it’s a veritable steal for the G-men. Although Manning is the current leader in consecutive starts at quarterback with 135, Nassib is a nice insurance policy if something were to happen to him. The other possibility is that they could use him as trade bait like the New England Patriots did with Matt Cassel after he played so well during the 2008 season.
Early reports out of Giants rookie camp are that Nassib has looked crisp and accurate throwing the ball. As long as he learns the playbook in a timely fashion, expect him to earn the backup spot in New York.
B.L. Lippert is a sports writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @coachlip