Ryan Nassib has been a beneficiary of one of the weaker incoming draft class of quarterbacks the NFL has seen in a decade.
Not a player you would normally think of as a top-10 pick, Nassib has been picked by Jon Gruden as his top QB prospect and has a good chance of being taken eighth overall by the Buffalo Bills, coached by the man who led him at Syracuse, Doug Marrone.
While that's a nice enough connection, it certainly wouldn't hold any weight if there were better than average quarterback prospects available. Nassib's knowledge of Marrone's system can only take an NFL team so far, and an average prospect that knows a system is still an average prospect.
A very aggressive player, look for Nassib to throw far more interceptions than touchdowns in his first few seasons in the league.
Nassib has a chance of being a decent professional quarterback, but he will never live up to being the eighth overall pick.
But don't jump too quickly on the bandwagon.
With next to no experience with football before arriving at BYU, Ansah has drawn comparisons with New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, whose pre-NFL circumstances are similar.
However, even Pierre-Paul played sparingly in high school, and on the raw scale, Pierre-Paul is a medium-rare to an entirely uncooked Ansah.
Ansah is as raw as they come, and if he is picked as early as Kiper believes, he may not end up with an organization best suited for developing players.
Even if he is handled perfectly, this player with no ceiling has a good chance of remaining squarely on the floor.
Another clear project, Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson clearly has one advantage over the rest of the competition, his size.
Everything else still needs quite a bit of work.
While Patterson is a definite presence on the field, his receiving leaves much to be desired, especially considering that he's a wide receiver.
Described by NFL.com as "consistently a body catcher, even when it is not necessary," Patterson has yet to prove that he can repeatedly catch the ball. If he can't catch, then he can't do all the impressive things he's been doing once he has the ball.
As nice as his natural ability is, Patterson's basic mechanics of receiving may keep him from ever being the No. 1 target he is projected to be.
The overvaluing of Geno Smith makes Ryan Nassib look like a sleeper.
Regardless of how you feel about Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report of Smith's personality, there are plenty of other potential takeaways about the West Virginia quarterback.
For starters, Nawrocki's point that Smith is a product of his system is a good one. The West Virginia offense, while it thrived with Smith, will go on unfazed without him. It's how the system works.
Many of his high numbers are a product of that system, and it would be ridiculous to assume he will reach those heights against an NFL defense.
That isn't to knock Geno in the slightest. He receives a great deal of criticism purely because he has been put in the spotlight by a poor class of quarterbacks, and he very well may be adequate at the professional level.
The key word, of course, being adequate. And an adequate quarterback is not worth the first round pick that will be used on Geno Smith.
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