Although this year’s draft class appears to be rich in options at quarterback, sometimes it’s not about the quantity as much as the quality.
Certainly players in the draft can help a quarterback-needy team right away, but as Vikings general manager Rick Spielman tells Peter King of MMQB, this year is torturous if you’re in need of a quarterback:
You see a player sitting there when you pick who you know can help you right away, a significant player at another position, an impact player as a rookie. Then you ask yourself, ‘How do we feel about our options at quarterback in the second or third round? Is it close? Is there a big separation, or is it close?’ …
That’s a big reason why we made it a high priority to sign Matt Cassel back. Every one of these quarterbacks … nothing is a sure thing. There’s no Andrew Luck, no Peyton Manning. It is such a mixed bag with each player—every one of them has positives, every one of them has negatives. And if that’s the way you end up feeling, why don’t you just wait ’til later in the draft, and take someone with the first pick you’re sure will help you right now?
Last year, the Giants traded up to get Ryan Nassib in the fourth round out of Syracuse only to hope he never plays.
Certainly they have a plan for Nassib—and that plan is to trade him at some point for something in return.
Might this be the year they do that? Granted, he didn’t show a lot last year when he was given the chance, and it didn’t speak well about him when he couldn't pass Curtis Painter on the depth chart.
However, with the Giants signing Josh Freeman to a one-year deal—a former No. 1 draft pick who could probably offer a better alternative toward running the new Giants offense, which appears to be taking on a heavier West Coast offensive flavor than first thought—does the team have room for Nassib?
It might not, not if the plan is to try to keep two quarterbacks this season, both of whom are first-round draft picks.
So rather than cut Nassib free and get nothing in return, why not see about trading him to a quarterback-needy team?
The idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds, and this nugget from Russell Lande, a former NFL scout, does little to dispel the possibility:
As Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger points out, because the Giants preserved Nassib last year, he didn’t put anything bad on tape that might diminish his potential trade value.
If Nassib can net the Giants an extra pick on Day 2, it would make the head-scratching decision to acquire him last year worth it.