Syracuse Star: Pro Football Weekly Ranks Nassib Best QB Prospect in Nation

Is Ryan Nassib really the best signal-caller coming out of school this April?

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The majority of educated observers have been decidedly undecided when it comes to Ryan Nassib. Exactly how good is the Syracuse senior signal caller?

At least one respectable source says, “pretty darn good.”

Pro Football Weekly named Nassib to its All-American team. Nassib is the squad’s only quarterback. So according to Pro Football Weekly, Nassib is the top QB prospect in the country. Here’s how the magazine chooses its All-Americans:

“PFW’s All-America team annually honors college football’s most talented players and is determined based on extensive evaluation and considerable feedback from NFL evaluators, taking into consideration how players grade out both in their assignments and by the quality of critical playing traits. PFW honors are distinguished by the premium placed on skill, football temperament and instincts and seek to recognize players we expect will become outstanding pros. Players are expected to have contributed for the bulk of the season to qualify. Production is considered, but not weighed nearly as heavily as how much of an impact players make on their teams. Extra attention is paid to traits such as toughness, intelligence and competitiveness, all traits that we believe correlate heavily to future NFL success.”

With all the hype Geno Smith and Matt Barkley have received, could Nassib really be the best of the bunch at the next level? This honor really fits perfectly with his career path. He has consistently found a way to mix heavy doses of uncertainty with staggering success.

He’s broken nearly every important SU passing record. But is he really as good as guys like McNabb, McPherson and Graves?

After the first game of the 2012 season, he led the nation in total yards. After the sixth game, there were murmurs that another quarterback might be given a chance if the Orange lost again. Then SU rampaged through the rest of its schedule, with Nassib leading the charge.

Nassib put up some monster yards through the season, but the offense was certainly a big part of the blame as the Orange staggered to 2-4. The loss to Minnesota threatened to sink the season, and the attack looked particularly lifeless that night in the Twin Citues.

But Nassib has been the face of a rebuilding project over the past few years. Things weren’t always going to go smoothly. There have been times when the offense has been frustratingly bad. Times when Nassib was compiling solid numbers, but failing to translate that into points or wins. Some of this had to do with factors beyond his control. There had been an average supporting cast surrounding him at times, an inexperienced offensive coordinator, and multiple schemes thrown at Nassib. He is just now starting to settle in as a play-caller.

Circumstances have made it tough to tell just how good Nassib is, and just how good he could be in the pros.

Take his inclusion on the Pro Football Weekly All-American Team as a sign that Nassib has a better chance to succeed in the NFL than most in the Syracuse community ever imagined.

Posted: Andrew Kanell

22 Comments on this Post

  1. Cuse Don't Luse

    I really dont think geno smith has it I knew that West Virginia was going to redshirt Ford Childress because smith was the big east quarterback last year but he is below average on the ground compared to some of the black quarterbacks in the nfl (cam newton, rglll) and has a weaker arm he makes good decisions and that will make you good in college but you need great legs or a great arm to make it in the nfl period the end I think that Ford Childress (who went to my (high school) will be an nfl qb but that is beside the point
    Matt Barkley is really nothing special he has a good arm sure but look at his wr’s robert woods was a 1st team all american last year and this year he is shown up by marquis lee who is 4th in the heisman obviously its good to see him with playmakers like he will be in the nfl but nassib’s numbers (400 yards better) show that he can be put onto a team like the dolphins browns or cardinals
    I really think nassib is the real deal and that he will flourish in the nfl

  2. my opinion on this is that ryan is a very smart kid that has a great attitude. he’s not selfish which i beleive will be his advantage when he enters the nfl. he has a nice long ball which is pretty accurate, but needs to have some touch to his short passes. i was very impressed with ryan’s ability to run a no huddle offense all season without much trouble. also what i was very impressed about ryan is obviously his career passing yardage’s he set here at syracuse university. so yeah i guess you could vouch for the guy being one of the better qb’s coming out in the nfl draft. its funny because i never thought ryan would have this good of a season, but glad he did. thanks ryan for what you did this year and best of luck to you in the nfl.

  3. The thing you have to think about is Nassib has never had a big go to receiver and he still put up these numbers. Alec Lemon is more of a guy that finds a way to get open but he is no Megatron. I think if you give him a guy that can go up and get anything when he doesn’t have a guy that is really open could be a huge for a guy like Nassib. He has had so much inconstancy here at Syracuse and still put these numbers up in the right system I think Nassib could be a good NFL QB.

  4. Give Ryan credit for getting himself into the conversation. Really, who would have thought we would even be having this conversation as late as last year.

  5. “After the sixth game, there were murmurs that another quarterback might be given a chance if the Orange lost again.”

    Really? From who?

  6. Coach Hackett and Coach Marrone fulfilled their obligations as far as Ryan Nassib is concerned.

    Coach Hackett came to Ryan 2 weeks before the season started and told him things were going to change and asked for Ryan’s trust. He did and during the season became the all time leader in passing yardage for Syracuse University.

    They helped a young football player become a man that will succeed in the game of life once the game of football is over for him and is going to play football on Sundays for a few years in the NFL. What an amazing story Ryan has become.

    Good luck to you Ryan on the 29th against WVA. I hope you shred their defense to pieces and put up 56-60 points against them and come home with the second Pinstripe Bowl Trophy.

    I for one will remember the 2012 Syracuse Football Team as the team that changed directions for Syracuse University and started them down the road to national recognition.

    You all are our “TITANS” and I want to thank all of you for coming to Syracuse to play the game. You’ve made an old man a happy one.

  7. Orange FB fan

    Ron I’m with you in some respects in regards to how you view this team. I’m a StJohn’s bball fan(sorry I only like the Orange on the gridirong) and I kind of liken this team to the Johnnies team that finally made the NCAA tourney a few years back. Incremental success story that made the long time fans happy. Heres to hoping the team is able to build on this and move forward.

  8. @Orange FB fan;

    How sad the current situation concerning the Big East is. No more St. Johns/Syracuse games to be played. I too am a fan of St. Johns BB. My problem is,I was a big fan of the BIG EAST.

    I remember “Little Louie Carnesecca” looking up and arguing a call with his chin in “Big John Thompson” (of Georgetown)chest or with his arms stretched forward with those basset hound eyes looking like he was going to cry arguing a call when they played Syracuse in the Dome.

    Steve Lavin is another good coach and has recruited well for the Red Storm. I for one hope that Syracuse continues to schedule St. Johns for a home and home series for the next 20 seasons. No matter what the future holds or brings for the remaining teams in the Big East,I wish you and your team well. Good Luck and thank you for writing.

    Louie Carnesecca,John Thompson,Rollie Massimino, and Jim Boehiem were the founding fathers of the Big East. How sad it is that loyalty has been thrown to the side and greed had taken control of everything. What shows these for coaches put on for the fans at every game ever played.

  9. Who cares about the BE BB. They are the reason BE FB fell apart. Again for the hundredth time the DOME was built for FB not BB!! Let BE BB go-good riddance!! But any ways, its amazing how a few years ago fans and HCDM/dougie himself were not satisfied at all with Ryan Nassib play!! Now the anti-Ryan fans are patting him on the back. And you call me a troll. Thank you Ryan for “all” your memories!!

  10. @Terrie – Hi Steve.

  11. Ok, Russell have you thought about any place special you’d like to meet around Yankee Stadium on the 29th?

  12. Russell MacEachern

    Lets not forget Tyler Wilson of Arkansas who I think is most ready for primetime but Nassib aint far behind (E2nd?)!!Ron Ive never been to the new Yankee Stasium but theres a “Yankee Bar” close-by I hear?Are u familiar with the area?

  13. Russell MacEachern

    Ron,personally I hope the C17 are relagated to the midmajor status they deserve for blocking jealously football at every turn!!They killed the BE so now I wouldnt even play them…..let them play St Francis and Quinnipiac!!I only sympathize with UConn and Cinncy who they left dangling in the wind but they’ll come out OK!!Here we go with politics again the reason Ive stayed away!

  14. cusehardly-no way-thank you!!

  15. @Russell MacEachern;

    Russell,I think that the was the bar that my son and I went too to see Danny Parkins broadcast live his radio sports show. It’s only a block or two away from the stadium. Only trouble with going there was the amount of Syracuse Fans gathered for a drink and something to eat. Standing room only,shoulder to shoulder with people forming a line waiting to get in,outside the door stretching down around the corner of the building.

    If that’s where you want to meet,it’s ok with me. My son is coming in from Michigan and is bringing one of his daughters with him plus my oldest granddaughter and I will be going to the game together. My youngest son and one of his friends is also going to the game.

    Already have bought the tickets and went ahead and reserved seats on the bus for the trip down. I will tell you Russell if you’ve never been there,it’s beautiful. It has to be a great place to watch a baseball game in. Your going to enjoy the trip(more so)if Syracuse wins the game.

  16. @Russell MacEachern;

    After reading articles as to why the Big East was dissolving,I couldn’t believe the amount of hatred and arguing that was going on behind the scenes.

    There’s no way that the BB only schools should have gotten equal shares of the money generated from the football schools that reached a bowl game,and I believe the league made a hugh mistake when they let Notre Dame into the league for all sports except football. I hoping that the ACC will force ND to join the league for all sports so the same thing doesn’t happen to them and force ND to share their tv revenue.

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