The New York Giants brought in former first-round pick Josh Freeman to compete for the backup quarterback role. A former 10-game winner, the strong belief is he’ll win the spot making last year’s fourth rounder, quarterback Ryan Nassib, expendable. There has been growing sentiment that the Giants should look to trade Nassib, but there’s no chance they get anything for him.
NJ.com has reported that some high-ranking NFL officials believe Nassib was a better prospect last year than any of the quarterbacks available this year. So if teams are willing to spend a first- or second-round pick on some of the quarterbacks this year, they should be willing to spend at least a third rounder on Nassib.
It’s an interesting point, but one supported strongly by anonymous sources … and nothing else. If Nassib was so highly ranked, why was he able to drop to the fourth round last year? It’s not like last year’s draft was full of top quarterback prospects. E.J. Manuel was the only quarterback taken in the first round. The second quarterback taken was Geno Smith and neither one of the two have proven to be future Hall of Famers.
Since drafted, Nassib performed poorly in the preseason, and didn’t dress for a single regular season game — he was beat out by journeyman Curtis Painter for the backup spot. Basically, nothing that should make him more appealing to teams. All Nassib has done is gotten a year older, and a year closer to his second contract.
If the Giants were able to turn a fourth-round pick to a third rounder or better just a year later, and in a deeper draft, Jerry Reese might have to be lauded as executive of the year. It’s a nice dream, but it isn’t happening. The most fans can hope for is he makes the team out of training camp, and further down the line develops into an asset.