Ryan Nassib’s Moving Up NFL Boards: Syracuse’s Early Draft Projections

We give an early prediction on where the Orange will land in the April NFL Draft.

Ryan Nassib has become Syracuse’s all-time leading passer and guided his squad to a 5-1 finish. He’s been in the top ten nationally in passing yards all season. The QB has a chance to eclipse 4,000 yards on the year in SU’s postseason game. He’ll have led SU to two bowl games in three years. Nassib can make the argument he’s the best Orange signal-caller ever (of course, fans of Donovan McNabb, Don McPherson and Marvin Graves may differ).

Regardless where you rank Nassib in the SU annals, he’ll also be playing at the next level. Doug Marrone gave Orange Nation whiplash when he first mentioned Ryan being drafted after SU’s loss to USC at Metlife Stadium in September. But when he brought it up again Friday in Philadelphia after the 38-20 victory over Temple, there was much less surprise.

A few years ago no SU fan could imagine Nassib playing on Sundays. But in a recent FizzCast Special we dissected how he has progressed since ’10, his first as a starter. And he’s impressing NFL scouts.

Scouts love his ability to master all the offensive systems thrown at him. He’s succeeded through many variations in just three years as a starter, including the west coast, the hurry-up and read option. It’s a testament to his versatility and work ethic. Especially in Offensive Coordinator Nate Hackett’s up-tempo, option offense this year.

Just look at his steady climb. Nassib’s completions, passing yards, completion percentage, touchdowns, and passer rating totals have all increased each of the last three years. With the ball in his hands more often than one would’ve expected, he’s been extremely productive. He’s become a better decision-maker. Scouts salivate over his NFL size as a quarterback, and his dedication off the field, whether it be film study or the classroom (Ryan is pursuing a master’s degree in Accounting).

How about being clutch under pressure? Nassib has led Syracuse to two fourth-quarter comeback wins this year, and has nine in his career. The signal caller is completing 64% of his passes and is averaging close to 100 yards in the fourth quarter this season. The Orange has scored a total of 14 offensive TD’s in the fourth quarter, Nassib has accounted for a dozen (11 passing, 1 running).

Early projections have Nassib pegged as a 2nd or 3rd round pick in April. A source very close to NFL scouts and executives tells The Fizz Ryan may even get drafted in the first depending on his combine and offseason grades. The quarterback class of 2013 isn’t a fantastic group behind Matt Barkley and Geno Smith. Might NFL teams believe Nassib can help them win right now? Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and RGIII were stars. But look at some of the other first-rounders of recent years: Christian Ponder, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill. Couldn’t Nassib be mentioned in that group?

Is Ryan an immediate starter in the NFL? Probably not, but in 2-3 years, he can certainly be. Some team will draft Ryan by the third round and try to groom him into a starter. Some critics will point to his mediocre 2011 season when he suffered from happy-feet syndrome. But he has comfortable almost all season and led his team to a 5-1 finish, and fired up the troops at halftime in Tampa. Look at the maturity and growth he’s shown this fall, and the consistency he’s brought to the table. The scouts sure have.

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SU will have a handful of players drafted this spring. Take a look at The Fizz’s early Projected Draft.

Ryan Nassib: 2nd Round

Shamarko Thomas: 2nd-3rd Round

Justin Pugh: 2nd-4th Round

Alec Lemon: 4th-6th Round

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald

49 Comments on this Post

  1. @Kevin Fitzgerald;

    Keven you left off a couple of players that I feel might make it. What about Siriki Diabate and Deon Goggins? If they don’t get drafted then maybe they get a chance through free agency.

  2. Ron, Isn’t Diabate a junior with a year of eligibility left?

  3. @Jax32;

    I thought the same thing Jax,but when I asked him he said that he was a senior and didn’t know if he was going to get red shirted for his senior year or not. I guess we will have to wait and see.

    good question though.

  4. Guys, Diabate I believe is done after this season. He played 2 years at Nassau CC, and 2 years at SU.

    – Kanell

  5. what about sales?

  6. No question Ryan will go in the draft. Its only a matter of when.assib has what ittakes to perform in the NFL. Better receivers could help him after he gets the deep throw issue resolved.

  7. Russell MacEachern

    I’ve been singing Nassibs praise’s all season when many tryed to shout me down!!.If he last’s past the early 3rd round Id be shocked!….he saved the season!!…on the crawl earlier Empire State gonna be glowin Thursday night…turf war?…also on crawl ACC talking to Navy about joining for football?

  8. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,u finished w/the HS championship games?Did WBB at Cuse start regular season yet?Whats our record?..I hope we find out soon about the Pinstripe bowl!Wheres Carlton been?They have good info in the Tally press!

  9. Russell MacEachern

    Probably still celebrating NDs big season w/a few drinks!

  10. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,u like all the goodnews spots have u been to yet?..I think its call!!You get all the latest news and rumors but mostly thru the “glasses”!!I prefer getting it real!

  11. Kevin Fitzgerald


    From what I’ve heard, Pittsburgh will be offered the Pinstripe Bowl if they win and become bowl eligible. Panthers sit at 5-6.

  12. Russell MacEachern

    @Dipper,going over recent posts I noticed your “concerned tip” and appreciate ur looking out!!I know 1 thing about u..thats its sincere!(admit Im not websavvy)!Thanks..

  13. Russell MacEachern

    I hope not but thanks for giving it to us straight Kev… much BS on a lot of sites!We have to root against them this week cause I think they shot their adrenalin last week and wont win twice in a row!

  14. Nassib is certainly worth a draft choice if only for insurance. A little quality coaching on his deep passing and the guy is a solid QB .A depth maker on any team. For some he might contend in a short period of time and then he becomes a “genius move” for some lucky GM.

  15. Kevin Fitzgerald


    From what I’ve heard, there will be teams that will want to take a shot with Sales. He could very well be a late rounder. I wouldn’t be surprised if he went undrafted, though. He and Chibane are the wild cards for SU in this draft.

    But I’ll say this: I fully expect all four of the aforementioned seniors (Nassib, Lemon, Pugh, Thomas) to be drafted next spring.

  16. Now Kev lets get really deep into draft! Our DL has gotten alot of praise,from USC to Mizzou games….but no defenders outside of (sexy pick) S Thomas, have gotten respect from scouts & bloggers. Goggin, Sharpe, Diabte, & Spruill have been solid! To say SU has no draftable defenders, isnt accurate. Chibane & Sales may be a darkhorse, but somebody has noticed the fight in our D!

    I agree with @chris- Nassib next level, with Pro talent wideout is a scary thought. His arm strength is there , his short passing game improved beyond accurate, and he got uppercutted enough at SU to get the ball out(IQ)…he’s gonna excel, given the opportunity!

    @UncR..ur my guy! Expect honesty…lol… I only go to rivals & scout fan pages! Just a ‘Cuse prefrence and…not ta blog but to stay in the loop? Did u see UNC get crushed vs. UI…Dickie V.(who u remind me of, passion wise) mentioned SU as “dangerous team” during ESPN broadcast tonight! They better fear the Orange.

    * All in all, more Orange should be drafted in 2013! Go SU…

  17. @Kevin Fitzgerald;

    Hey guy’s,on the way to work today I turned on the radio to listen to the latest on what was happening with Syracuse Athletics. I was totally shocked and here’s why.

    As I have mentioned before and our fans poo-pooed it when I mentioned it about Doug Marrone is a candidate for the Tennessee and is being looked at by some of the NFL Teams. Well that’s what they were discussing today. I couldn’t believe it.

    So Kevin Fitzgerald,I want to you ask and the people at the Fizz. Are we starting to look into the abyss again? Is he leaving Syracuse? If he takes either job,will he take his assistant coaches with him? I want to know what the hell is going on!!

    If what they were talking about on the radio today(Score 1260 station)has any truth to it then I think it’s high time for Daryl Gross to get motivated and offer the coaching staff more money. He has to do something to keep this coaching staff intact and keep them here at Syracuse.

    Terry you responded to my post like it was a joke. Well let me tell you it’s not. University of Tennessee and the NFL look for coaches who produce results. I know you believe that he hasn’t done a thing here,but people that have more money and smarts think other wise. He’s turned our program around,player’s are going to the NFL,Syracuse is going to it’s second bowl game in three years,we are in major battles with other top schools for recruits and has improved the recruiting from day one. That equals results that people are willing to pay for.

    I hope that he stays put. I really don’t want to start this process all over again. I hope that we don’t sink into another bigger/deeper abyss. We’re making great strides fighting our out of the last one. Boy,I hope none of what they were talking about is true

  18. @Russell MacEachern;

    DAMN /RUSSELL;with Syracuse having a successful year,and going to another bowl game made me feel like I was floating in air on cloud nine. I was real happy until I turned on the damn radio on the way to work. Listening to that BS dissipated the cloud I was riding on and I came crashing to earth again.

  19. Kevin Fitzgerald


    If the link to Nassib Fizzcast is busted, use this link below.


  20. Ronette:

    I guess a .500 record for your man is a turn around in your eyes. But that ain’t good enough in my eyes at all!!! He’s paid over one million $$$ for his efforts. Really!!! The aveage Jack/Jill don’t make that in a life time of back braking work=40+ years. To me that’s robbery for 4 years!! On UNITE(ESPNU) today they mocked SU for its chances of winning the BE Championship. That pissed me off totally. If SU qualifies for the BE Championship so be it! WHOOPIE!! Again no matter what you think HCDM/dougie is part of the blame for that too!! Lack of respect!! Look I know you and others think I hate SU and HCDM. Your wrong!! And I think you know that. I just want SU to be competitive nationally not just locally like many of you homers do!!! SU can do better and I will not stop feeling that way until they improve nationally. 2013 will tells us alot about the state of SU and HCDM/dougie!!! I always want the CUSE to show its stuff. But I’ll mock the program if needed as well blast anyone outside the program for its stupidity(UNITE)!!!! dougie might be the answer and I hope so!! I can’t wait any longer though all the BS and fog of uncertainty!! HDCM has improved. I agree and I like him. But no matter and HCDM will agree to this to he’s not bigger than the SU FB program. So you homers must every once in awhile listen to that voice that feels there are issues out there you just don’t want to hear about. Sorry that’s why they call all of us FANS!! GO CUSE!!!

  21. Terrie;

    I will give you credit,since day 1 your message has been consistent and you haven’t wavered one bit about your feelings on Syracuse Football or it’s head Coach Doug Marrone. I don’t believe a word you say when you tell us your a fan,never have and never will. You mentioned his pay,getting $1 million a year,you ought to do some home work and see what other college football coaches are getting,you’ll find out that Doug Marrone is one of the lowest paid in the country. I don’t think he is getting enough and feel he deserves more.

    So keep on doing what your doing Terrie,your making an awful lot of people unhappy with you message.

    MY message to you is,Terrie,never have and never will believe that your a fan and believe anything you got to say about anything let alone Syracuse Football.

  22. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,I think u got it backwards?The Dougie was reaching out to them not the other way around!!I don’t think he can handle the stress?Havent u been worried about him?I have….hes getting paranoid about his job AND the PRESS!!btw…raise?NO WAY YET!!

  23. Russell MacEachern

    Damn Ron with everyone struggling and just passible results?Hes rich…no raise till he really earns it!7-5?Some are getting fired for that!!

  24. @Russell MacEachern;
    Last year Texas went 5-7,probably the worst record in school history. he didn’t get fired and they paid Coach Brown $5 million and that’s not counting bonus money and they gave him an extension on his contract.
    Arkansas just offered Les Miles of LSU $27.5 million to come coach the Razorbacks for 5 years. Come on people realize what’s going on out there. What kind of money do you all think Nick Saban,Urban Meyer,Brian Kelly,Chip Kelly and others are getting paid. I’d put money on it saying their well in excess of a mere $1 million dollars.

  25. @Russell MacEachern;

    Russell your comment about Coach Marrone reaching out to other organizations seems a little odd to me. I really don’t see it that way friend. I think Doug Marrone is a good coach and came from the Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints to take this job. I believe the NFL knows what Doug Marrone is capable of achieving and that’s what makes him an attractive target. Sorry Russell were on opposite sides of the fence on this one.

  26. Out of: Ogrodzenia I’m a longer time gone by I read your site and has for ages been declaring that you’re an incredible creator

  27. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,I like Marrone and worried about the stress he seems to be under when I see him on the coaches show and hiding from fans and the press??Believe what u will but I only tell it straight as u should no by now!!Id like him to stay but Im worried about the man not the coach!I hope u see the humanity in my post!Some cant take the spotlight!

  28. Russell MacEachern

    We cant forget Ron,were all just human!!Hows everything else going my friend?Hope alls well and we meet at the Pinstripe!We dont have to agree on everything!!

  29. Russell MacEachern

    btw Ron,whats the intranet link under ur name lead too?You never responded?

  30. @Russell MacEachern;

    Russell,I’m not to savvy with the computer so please explain to me what your asking. What intranet link is there under my name?

    The only one that links me here is the Orangefizz web site. That’s all I know.

  31. @Russell MacEachern;

    Russell keeping the media away from the team isn’t a bad thing and I for one am glad that he decided to do it. I don’t know about the papers out in the Albany area but here in Syracuse they’re a joke.

    I like listening to the Midday Radio Show(The Score1260)with Mike Lindsey. He’s younger than both of us and is of the same mold. He’s not bashful in telling it like it is,and we both know what that’s all about right.

  32. Here’s some interesting tidbit of information you all should be interested in.

    Nolan Weidner:
    I was a little worried about defensive coordinator Scott Shafer being offered by one of the MAC schools – Western Michigan has an opening.
    Also, I think Michigan native Tyrone Wheatley might eventually end up back in the Midwest.
    Almost all of the assistants, and DM himself, had offers following the 2010 season when the Orange went 8-5.
    So there’s a real good chance that guys will get calls. The question is, will they go?

    As much as I hate to say this, I can see the writing on the wall. Marrone and staff will be gone,if not this year,then the 2013 season will be their last at Syracuse.

  33. @Russell MacEachern;

    Russell the Women’s Basketball Team is undefeated so far this year with a 6-0 overall record.

    They were in a tournament in Puerto Rico last weekend where they beat Georgia Tech 75-72 in OT and Virginia 75-74 to win the Tournament Championship.

    I just read an article where Coach Q. has recruited another Top 10 class for 2013 that has a set of 6’4″ twins coming to Syracuse. Great job by all.

    GO CUSE;

  34. @Russell MacEachern & Carlton;

    After reading some of your post on conference realignment, I did to ask a few questions.

    Where are you getting your information from about other teams leaving the ACC? Is it all hyperbole,guess work,speculation on your part? Carlton is that what’s being reported in the southern papers? Or are the two of you just trying to prepare us for what’s coming?

    I’m not against the two of you giving us a heads up,I’m just depressed with all of this conference expansion BS.

  35. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,I pick up most of my info from twitter feeds from professional news accounts mostly southern news!…I see ur as in the dark computerwise as I am!Under ur name there’s a line if u click onto takes u somewhere I cant go in the web and usually only insiders have that “intranet link”…check it out?See how few have the underline (link) but u do?Just curious??Thanks for the WBB info I was falling behind!

  36. Russell MacEachern

    @Ron,maybe the applying schools are worried about a possible collapse?Or maybe their just covering their azz?But its a fact at least 6 applied to bigger conferences!We may not see anymore movement for at least 3/4 months?It takes on a life of its own and no one knows where it will end?Its crazy man!

  37. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,I like what I hear about the 6’4″ twins,thats the key to catching and passing UConn and RU in WBB!!CVS of RU had 2 top 10 hoopgurlz 6’4″ posts in “12”class…#3 class nationally and this year got the #1 pg from ARK coming in next year!I think coach Q is finally the “right coach” to bring Glory to WBB here!

  38. @Russell MacEachern;

    Thanks for all of the information Russell. I tried clicking on the line that you described and because Of the firewall protection that I have on my computer it doesn’t let me go anywhere’s.

    At some point today I will try dome of those other web pages that your telling me about. I went to the OrangeNation web site and liked reading about all of the recruits.

    Women’s Basketball Team is doing fine,looking for them to give UCONN a run for their money this year and I think they will make the NCAA Tournament.

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