The Giants pulled off a true stunner near the top of the fourth round, dealing their Round 4 (No. 116) and Round 6 (No. 187) selections to the Arizona Cardinals for pick No. 110, and used that pick on Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib.
Before Nassib, the Giants hadn't drafted a quarterback since 2009 (Rhett Bomar in Round 5)
Nassib was widely speculated to go in either the first or second round of the draft, so this is a fantastic value pick for general manager Jerry Reese and the Giants.
Before I talk about Nassib as a prospect, let's talk about his future as a Giant. If I had to bet, I'd say he never starts a game for Big Blue.
The Giants are obviously set at quarterback, with two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning entrenched at the position. Since his insertion into the starting lineup in 2004, Manning has never missed a start.
But, Manning (32) won't play forever. From that aspect, it makes sense for the Giants to begin to develop a long-term successor to Manning. But, I believe Manning has a good five-to-seven years left in him, and it's highly doubtful that the Giants will hold onto Nassib for that long.
The more likely scenario for Nassib? The Giants develop him for a few seasons, and flip him to a quarterback-needy team in a few years for a higher pick (or picks) than the one they used on him. I very much subscribe to that school of thought, that you should always be looking at quarterbacks to develop and potentially trade.
Now, let's evaluate Nassib as a quarterback.
Nassib (6'2", 225) has good accuracy, an NFL-caliber arm and makes quality decisions with the football. He's an intelligent guy and is super tough, standing strong in the pocket.
But, all those attributes? They'll likely never come into play for the Giants. Frankly, if Nassib has to ever start a number of games for the Giants, it'll be a disaster, because it will mean Manning is injured.
Again, my take on the Nassib pick: they drafted him to develop him, and then trade him.
He was a tremendous value selection at No. 110. I know the Giants have holes at other positions to fill, but this was a smart decision.
Kudos to Reese and the Giants brain trust for this pick.