Draft Status: Round 4
College Production: Three-year starter. Threw for 9,190 yards and 70 touchdowns with a completion rate of 60.3 percent. Also only had 28 interceptions.
Analysis: In a vacuum, the Giants did a great job getting Ryan Nassib in the fourth round. He possesses a strong arm, good accuracy and tough leadership to effectively command a huddle. All of these attributes make him a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL.
The problem is that draft picks can’t be made in a vacuum. Nassib doesn’t fit well on the Giants because they already have a better, more established quarterback in Eli Manning, who is still firmly in his prime. In addition, Manning never gets hurt—literally. He hasn’t missed a game due to injury in his nine-year career.
If their grand plan is to build up Nassib’s value through preseason games and garbage-time minutes in the regular season to facilitate a trade, they are asking for a lot of things to go right.
First, they need Nassib to be good when he plays. Since his playing time will be limited, even when you factor in preseason games, this is a tight window to try to showcase his talent. A few bad outings and the market will likely cool on him very quickly.
Second, even if he does play well, they will need a team desperate enough for a quarterback to give up substantial assets for an unproven player. It worked for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Kevin Kolb trade. Kolb’s major flop in Arizona, though, will probably make teams hesitant to give up much more than a mid-round pick in future trades for an inexperienced signal-callers.
Trading a player who was picked in the fourth round for a mid-round pick doesn’t sound like a winning proposition for the Giants.