Big Board (as of 1/1/13): CBS (52), My Rank (50)
Nassib played for Malvern Prep in Pennsylvania, and was only the 82nd-ranked quarterback coming out of high school. After Greg Paulus was named the starter over Nassib during his redshirt freshman year, he only played limited minutes in eight games.
But Nassib has started ever since, and is now Syracuse's career leader in passing yards and completions, and is second in passing touchdowns.
Nassib has a live arm, and can both drive a short throw into a tight spot and air it out on deep routes. His downfield accuracy needs some improvement, however, it's tough to get a good gauge for it because his receivers are sub-par for the most part.
His accuracy is very solid, and he throws windows open instead of waiting for them to develop. He is often a step ahead of his receivers, who aren't very good and often can't handle the timing throws, especially when he puts some zip on the throw.
He is a bit of a fastball thrower, although he is capable of making touch passes, he seems to prefer to try and throw a bullet instead of being patient and use some finesse.
Nassib's footwork and throwing mechanics are both fundamentally sound. He can drop back from under center or out of the shotgun with ease, and is strong on his feet, but doesn't quite "feel" or manipulate the pocket at an elite level yet.
When he has a good pocket, his motion is very clean, but it can unnecessarily break down at times. Although he is actually pretty good at throwing from different arm slots when adjusting to pressure, he sometimes is too reliant on it and misses otherwise easy throws.
Nassib isn't exactly light on his feet, but he is deceptively strong and athletic. He can extend plays by stepping up in the pocket or breaking out of arm tackles and rolling out. He is a very good thrower when running to his right, he loses no velocity and trusts his arm.
Syracuse runs a number of designed draws for him, and while he never breaks a huge gain, is always consistent in finding a hole and picking up yards.
Nassib is a tough, smart, competitive kid. Over the five games I scouted him (Missouri, Northwestern, USC, Louisville, and Rutgers), I was impressed with his strength and leadership.
He really stepped up against Louisville and Rutgers, both ranked teams when Syracuse played them. He also led an incredible wining drive against Missouri, and finished his career with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl, dominating Geno Smith and West Virginia 38-14.
Nassib has suffered no major injuries in college, and I saw him take a number of big hits and bounce right back up to lead his team. He has also been a Big East All-Academic Team selection every year since his redshirt freshman season in 2009.
It's tough to predict where quarterbacks will be taken because it's so reliant on the decisions of teams and how one team's choice may affect another's.
But I think Nassib will be the fifth quarterback taken, probably in the third round, although I wouldn't be surprised if he was the third quarterback taken, somewhere in the second round. He has a good arm and great mental makeup, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up as a solid NFL starter one day.
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