- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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PLAYER: Ryan Nassib
The Giants have been thinking about taking a young quarterback to groom behind Eli Manning for a while now. But they pulled a stunner by trading up for one on Saturday.
The Giants swapped fourth-round picks and sent their sixth-rounder to the Arizona Cardinals to move up six spots and grab Nassib. The Syracuse quarterback was considered by some to be a potential first-round pick. The Giants had him in the second row on their draft board, and discussed Nassib on Saturday morning. The team’s brass said that if Nassib was available the Giants would move up to get him, and they did just that. Nassib is the second Syracuse player taken by the Giants in this draft, along with first-round pick Justin Pugh.
Nassib passed for 3,891 yards and 28 touchdowns while throwing for at least 300 yards in six games last season. He is the fourth player in Big East history to throw for over 9,000 yards in a career. He won 21 games at Syracuse. Nassib said he has tried to model his game after Eli Manning.
HOW HE FITS IN: The Giants have David Carr and Curtis Painter on the roster, but Nassib now becomes at the very least the third quarterback behind Manning and Carr. The Giants used to carry three quarterbacks, but haven’t done so in a while. They will likely go with Manning, Carr and Nassib this coming season.
PROJECTED IMPACT: If the Giants have their way, Nassib won’t play for a long time. He will be groomed for the future, and be a break-the-glass-in-case-of-emergency option in case Manning ever gets hurt. Of course, Manning has a streak of 135 consecutive regular-season starts. Still, the Giants have to start thinking about the future at some point. If all goes right, Nassib will be the Giants' quarterback of the future whenever Manning is done. Of course, that could be several years from now.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: “We have been talking about developing a quarterback behind Eli for a while now,” Reese said. “When (Matt) Barkley went, we were like, wow, this guy is not going to be there (when the Giants originally were slated to pick in the fourth round). ... If he doesn’t ever play, that would be great. That is a good problem to have. But if he needs to play, we are hoping that whatever time that is, that he will be ready to go.”
“To be honest, we thought the kid would probably get picked in the second row (on our board) and he is there in the fourth row, still on the board,” Reese added. “We didn’t have Barkley rated as high (as Nassib). ... He’s got the arm strength, we like the accuracy a lot, we like that it factor. He reminded me of (Andy) Dalton.”