Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Feb 2013

The Boiler Room Series: Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib

It’s incredibly difficult to boil down any player with just one play, much less a quarterback. Yet, if I were Russ Lande pounding the table for Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib as my top player – yes, player – in this draft, and I need a play to emphasize in that highlight reel, this is my nomination. As strange as it sounds, it’s an incomplete pass and it’s still one of the best quarterback plays I have seen from a prospect this year.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 28 Feb 2013

5 comments, Last at 01 Mar 2013, 8:48pm by cisforcookie


by cisforcookie (not verified) :: Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:49pm

i'm confused. you write that he has the upside to be special if he had a better deep ball. yet the guys you mention are peyton manning, tom brady, and matt ryan. of those 3, the only one who I have ever even remotely heard complimented on his deep touch is manning. have I been lied to all this time about brady and ryan? I don't live in either of their markets, so i rarely watch them, but every impression I've gotten is that both are totally ordinary on deep passes.

by dryheat :: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 9:07am

Stylistically speaking, he’s a weaker-armed quarterback in the mold of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Matt Ryan.

I think you mis-read, although I've never heard of Manning possessing a weak arm. Maybe his nerve issues have taken away some laser-rocketness.

by cisforcookie (not verified) :: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 8:48pm

ah, perhaps I did misread. in which case I'm even more confused. I read that as him being a weaker armed version of those guys.

by markus (not verified) :: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 1:19pm

Nice enough play. No question. But I've got to question if he's really as accurate as this play would have you believe. He was 62% completions the last two seasons. Not bad, but not amazing for college. Were lots of passes dropped like this example?

by Matt Waldman :: Fri, 03/01/2013 - 5:39pm

Yes, Markus. He has his share of drops where he sticks passes into good spots and they are dropped. His receivers on the whole are not very polished.