The Giants made a surprise move this afternoon at the NFL Draft by trading up in Round 4 to select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib. The team has been angling to groom a young QB to back up Eli Manning for several years now and today they pulled the trigger.
Manning has not missed a game since breaking into the lineup in Week 9 of the 2004 season, and the Giants may feel they need to add another option to compete with David Carr at backup QB, who is only under contract for this season.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock: "He's a passionate kid with an edge. He's got some footwork issues, but if you want to talk about a kid with an edge to him who will make his teammates better, this is the kid. He's a tough kid. He lives in the weight room."
About Ryan Nassib:
Height: 6-2 Weight: 223 Arm: 31 Hand: 10
40 Time: 5.06 Projected Round: 1-3
From Walter Football: There were a ton of teams showing interest in Nassib and many believe that a team could trade back into the first round to select him. After the team visits coaches fell in love with his intelligence, confidence, flexibility and leadership skills. He didn't impress on the field in Indianapolis, but teams were reportedly impressed with him in the interview room.
The senior completed 62 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,749 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He displayed intelligence and accuracy.
Nassib opened the season with a record-setting game in a narrow loss to Northwestern. He threw four touchdowns in the second half to give the Orange a lead. Nassib set Syracuse records in passing attempts and yards as he completed 45-of-66 passes for 479 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Nassib also picked up some clutch yards on the ground.
The Orange didn't have a strong supporting cast, and Nassib played better than his numbers indicate. He had a disappointing performance at the Senior Bowl. It looks like there is a hitch in his delivery that hurts his motion. There is no doubt that Nassib is smart and confident, but he may not develop into a good starter in the NFL.
Not sure why the Giants made this move, especially trading up to do so. Perhaps they saw something in Nassib while they were mulling through all that tape they studied on Pugh.
Jerry Reese said the Giants had Nassib rated over Matt Barkley, who was taken earlier in the round by Philadelphia. Again, why were they looking at either of them when they still need corner and LB depth?