2013 Draft Prospect Profile: Ryan Nassib

Welcome to our 2013 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Rob Quinn. Rob is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.

If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Rob and request he put a profile together. You can email him at RQUINN619@billsmafia.com with a request.

The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Rob will include thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall, the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.

Ryan Nassib
6’2″ 223 lbs
Syracuse Orange
@Ryan_Nassib (Unverified)

Ryan Nassib’s draft stock has been gaining steam over the past month or so. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Ryan Nassib’s draft stock has been gaining steam over the past month or so. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Ryan Nassib’s draft stock has been gaining steam over the past month or so, and a solid showing at the Senior Bowl will all but solidify him as one of, if not the top quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. A three-year starter at Syracuse, Nassib has completed 60.4% of his passes for 9,190 yards, while throwing 70 touchdowns and just 28 interceptions. Nassib is a nice prospect off the field as well, as he’s been a four-time All Big East Academic Scholar, and he’s completed two internships as a marketing major.

The Good
In my opinion, Nassib has the best throwing motion in this year’s crop of quarterbacks. He has a quick, compact release, and can get rid of the ball from various arm angles. He’s got a rocket for an arm, and truly makes NFL-caliber throws. Nassib shows flashes of greatness, leading receivers out of their breaks, and he’s improved as a passer in each of his three years as a starter for Syracuse. He operates out of a pro-style system, having experience receiving snaps from under center, which will give him an advantage over some of the “spread” quarterbacks like Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

The Bad
While Nassib has a rocket for arm, he rarely has touch on his passes. He could improve on his footwork, as he tends to stay flat-footed at times, which lead to some poor and errant passes. Nassib is a true field general when he has a clean pocket to work with, but when he’s under pressure he can get erratic and make bad decisions. He believes in his arm, but sometimes too much, firing balls into windows that are too tight, that often will turn into interceptions at the next level.

How He Impacts The Bills
Nassib, along with Matt Barkley in my opinion, are the most NFL-ready quarterbacks in the draft. However, as opposed to Barkley, Nassib still has a ton of potential for further growth, while the USC quarterback may have already hit his ceiling. Nassib would be a perfect fit with the Buffalo Bills, as he already knows the ins and outs of Doug Marrone’s and Nathaniel Hackett’s offensive system. He’s a really tough kid, which the fans would absolutely love, and he has displayed great leadership during his tenure at Syracuse. Nassib has the ability and experience in a pro-style offense that would allow him to start from day one with an NFL team, and be effective while doing it.

NFL Player Comparison
Jake Locker/ Aaron Rodgers

Projected Draft Position
Top 20 Pick

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