Fourth Round, 110th Pick
The opinions about the 2013 crop of quarterback prospects are all over the board. Russ Lande, a former NFL scout and draft analyst at National Football Post, has Nassib as his No. 1 overall prospect. Other draft analysts have Nassib as a third-round prospect and doubt his ability to stick as a starter in the NFL.
Obviously, Nassib is somewhere in the middle of those projections, but is he closer to the top or the bottom?
Nassib is a quick thinker and actor who is immediately aware of checkdowns and will jab a defense to death with accurate, short, quick-hitting throws that keep the chains moving. He is a competitor who plays with a sense of urgency and sets the tempo for his offense. He can make accurate throws when his mechanics and platform aren't ideal, and he can handle pressure or a play going off script. Nassib's execution and understanding of his offense is advanced, including pump fakes and play fakes.
Athleticism is not a strength for Nassib. His deep accuracy is mediocre to poor, and it goes on the fritz when he tries to put zip on the ball more than 15-20 yards downfield. He moves well and makes good decisions in the pocket, but he sometimes bails instead of staring down the barrel and taking a hit to make a throw.
Nassib also sometimes fails to recognize the blitz, and his lack of athleticism gives him no chance to escape. Most of his success was on short throws, rarely going deep into his progressions or displaying patience. He does get a little frenetic in the pocket and appears to play rushed at times.
Nassib measured in at 6'2", 227 at the combine, which is a very solid build, even though his height is not a plus. His 10 1/8" hands are good for ball security. Nassib's athleticism is below average, as his 28.5" vertical and 5.06 40 at the combine illustrate well.
Nassib is a good leader on and off of the field, and he is very tough, bouncing back quickly from big hits. He appeared to mesh very well with his coaches and their game plan, taking plays from the chalkboard to the field without a hitch. Nassib is competitive, and he has come through at the end of games to lead (or almost lead) his team to big wins.
Nassib throws with good zip in the short passing game, and he can also put some mustard on short/intermediate passes on the move. Within a range about about 20 yards past the line of scrimmage, Nassib can make stick throws into small windows. His trajectory is a little flat, and his arm strength on short passes can get the ball on his receivers before they are ready.
He can reach the deep parts of the field, even on the move, but his accuracy really suffers when tries to throw deep with velocity. His best deep throws are "push" throws that take a while to get there likePhilip Rivers or 2012 Peyton Manning.
Nassib's accuracy on short and intermediate throws is uncanny at times. He puts throws on the correct shoulder and does a terrific job of leading and anticipating his receiver's route, setting up maximum opportunity to run after the catch.
Nassib almost never misses low or otherwise has errant passes in the short and intermediate game. He doesn't make too many throws into small windows, but that is probably because of his decisiveness early in his progressions. He appears to have the mindset and accuracy to make those kinds of throws when the game asks him to.
His downfield passing, however, is a mixed bag. Sometimes his long-touch passes are right on the money, sometimes they are missed badly. When he tries to throw deep passes with velocity, the results are usually terrible. He has much better results when he throws a long ball with a higher trajectory.
Nassib's setup and throwing motion are very smooth and consistent out of the shotgun. His throwing motion on the move is also compact and smooth. He hits the top of his drops with great spring in his legs and potential energy to use in his release or if he needs to move in the pocket. Nassib does change to a "shotput" or "push" delivery on some deep balls a la Philip Rivers, but his accuracy improves greatly when he does.
Nassib generally senses pressure with a good clock in his head, but blitzes can elude his attention and shut down a play immediately. He generally gets rid of the ball very quickly when the pocket collapses, although he can be a little too deliberate in a good pocket. There are moments when he appears to be afraid of getting hit and his throws suffer, but in general Nassib is tough in the pocket.
Climbing the ladder and stepping up in the pocket is something you'll see Nassib do effectively, and even though he's not a great athlete, he can move in the pocket to create throwing lanes and produce when the play breaks down.
The biggest question about his pocket presence is the happy feet and a little bit panicky body language he exhibits when he doesn't release the ball to one of his initial reads. He does keep the ball up and ready to throw like a loaded crossbow, and Nassib's trigger finger on that crossbow can be itchy.
Nassib is willing, but not able as a mobile quarterback. He's good enough on rollouts or plays where the escape chute from the pocket is apparent, but he can't elude pressure in the pocket against decent pass rushers. Nassib ran a lot of read option running plays at Syracuse, and while his decisions were good, his ability to turn those plays into gains as a runner was lacking. Nassib's mobility and overall athleticism is going to limit how he is used in the pros.
Future Role/Scheme Versatility
Nassib operated mostly from the shotgun. His quick-acting style along with his so-so accuracy deep probably means that he'll only fit in a west coast system in the pros. He won't be able to legitimately stretch defenses, so teams that want to have a big vertical element to their passing game will pass onNassib.