Todd McShay on Ryan Nassib Dan Leberfeld
What does ESPN’s Todd McShay think of Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib?
“At first, I’ll be honest, at first I didn’t see it,” McShay said. “But you’ve got to watch every game. Some guys just grow on you and some guys it’s just the opposite. The more you watch, the less you get excited. Usually it’s the guys with the big‑time arm or great athleticism that jump out right away.
“But the more you watch, the less enamored you are, and sometimes guys who don’t necessarily look the part or aren’t the best athletes and don’t have the best deep ball. They grow on you because they do a lot of the little things right, and I would put Nassib in that category.
“He’s 6’2”, 227, doesn’t have the best physique. They run a little zone‑read option, and he’s not afraid to take off and run, and he’s certainly a competitive runner. But he’s not the best athlete in the world.
“I think the biggest concern for me with Nassib is consistency of his touch. Now, I do think he improved later in the season. I really do. When you start to watch some of the games that were late in the season compared to the USC game earlier in the year, you see a difference in terms of where he’s able to place the ball, the trajectory and tempo of his throws. But he still has to make improvement in that regard.
“So I think Nassib can be a solid to good starter at the next level. I don’t know that he’s ready right now, and I think it’s fascinating where he’s going to come off the board, because we are all tying the Buffalo Bills, but I’ve heard in the last few weeks that Buffalo is very high on Matt Barkley as well. So if they wind up trading up for Matt Barkley at the end of the first and not Ryan Nassib, it becomes really interesting to see where Nassib goes. But I think there are several teams in the league that think very highly of him.”