Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib managed to slip through the first two days of the NFL draft, but he was selected by the New York Giants in fourth round after they traded up to grab him with pick No. 110.
To move up six spots, the Giants also sent the Arizona Cardinals their sixth-round pick (No. 187).
Nassib's stock seemed to rise considerably as the draft process ran its course. He displayed an extremely strong arm in workouts and was considered to be among the draft's top quarterbacks along with Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and EJ Manuel.
Despite that, teams shied away from selecting him early.
He progressed significantly over his three years as a starter at Syracuse, improving with each season. Nassib led the Orange to two bowl victories and finished his senior season with nearly 3,800 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. There was some concern about his level of competition in the Big East, but his talent was still on full display.
As recently as Thursday night, there was talk about Nassib being selected No. 8 overall by the Buffalo Bills. It seemed like a natural fit in that Nassib's former head coach at Syracuse, Doug Marrone, is now the Bills head coach. Rather than selecting Nassib, however, the Bills traded down to No. 16 and surprised a lot of people by taking Manuel.
Once the Bills decided against taking Nassib, other teams followed suit.
Smith was selected by the New York Jets at No. 39 overall, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers surprisingly went with NC State signal-caller Mike Glennon at No. 73. Aside from Manuel, Smith and Glennon, no quarterbacks were taken in the first two days of the draft.
Perhaps Nassib's relationship with Marrone drove his perceived value in the eyes of draft pundits, but most considered him to be a third-round prospect at the very least. With that in mind, Nassib looks to be a fairly significant steal for the Giants. He can sit, learn and possibly become a competent NFL quarterback down the line.
There is very little pressure on Nassib with the Giants, as Eli Manning is the unquestioned starter. Manning is 32 years of age, so he still has a few great years left in the league, but it's smart on New York's part to prepare for the future. A quarterback could get hurt or go downhill at any time, and Nassib is a great insurance policy.
Though David Carr is a decent backup, he is 33 years old, and his best days are behind him. Since being taken first overall in 2002 by the Houston Texans, he has bounced around the league.
This pick was a luxury for the Giants, but based on the value that Nassib provides in the fourth round, trading up and nabbing him was a brilliant move by general manager Jerry Reese.
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