The 2014 NFL Draft has been said to be one of the deepest in recent memory. That includes a quarterback class that features names like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. Even on the deep end, it features quality QBs like Jimmy Garappolo and Derek Carr. But, as former NFL Scout Russell Lande says, at least one NFL executive feels none are better than New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib, whom Big Blue traded up for and selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Nassib has been a hot topic in New York since the moment he was drafted, Many fans were upset with the pick, viewing it as wasted, while others expected him to come in and compete with Eli Manning. Neither of those turned out to be true, and Nassib spent his rookie season as a No. 3 behind both Manning and Curtis Painter.
Heading into 2014 however, Nassib is expected to see an increased role and will head into training camp competing for the No. 2 spot.
"You always want to have a guy that can back up. … A guy you think can carry a team and win a couple of games for you," General Manager Jerry Reese said in January. "He was here for the whole season, went through all the practices and OTAs and leaned what the National Football League is about. He's gonna be fighting for the No. 2 spot next year"
"We always want Eli to stay healthy, but if Eli's not healthy, we hope [Nassib] is a guy we can put in there, a talented football player that's been a winner, that we can put in there and he can win some games for us."
Giants co-owner John Mara has also gone public with his desire to see more of Nassib, saying he'd like to see much more of the second-year player come preseason.
“I want to see [Nassib] play as much as possible,” Mara said. “I want to know what we have.”
Considering even the Giants don't know what they have in Nassib — which is why the GM and owners want to see more of him — it's quite a bold statement for someone to make in suggesting he's better than the entirety of the 2014 quarterback class. But, at the same time, that line of thinking — especially from an NFL executive — speaks volumes about the Giants' decision to snag Nassib in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
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