The level of excitement over Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib’s ability at the next level varies depending on which draft expert you talk to, but there’s no doubt regarding Nassib’s excitement about talking with the Eagles at the Senior Bowl this week.
“That was cool as hell,” said Nassib per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nassib, the Malvern Prep product, is just one of several intriguing quarterbacks in a draft class that appears to be void of a slam-dunk franchise type at the position.
Given the recent success of local quarterback products Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, Nassib is looking to continue the trend of successful Delaware Valley quarterbacks.
Nassib, who stands at 6-2 and 228 pounds, possesses intelligence, good arm strength, and an athletic skill set, but would seem to be a major stretch with the fourth overall pick in the draft. If the Eagles were indeed interested in Nassib, they would most certainly trade back in the first round or use their second round selection to land him.
Buffalo, who recently hired Nassib’s college head coach Doug Marrone, may be a more likely landing spot. The Bills hold the eighth overall selection.
The Eagles also met with Florida State’s EJ Manuel, who head coach Chip Kelly recruited while at Oregon. As Manuel explained to reporters, he was intrigued by Kelly’s offense, but was hesitant to make the cross country move from Virginia to Oregon.
While it’s almost a virtual certainty the Eagles will add to the quarterback position via the draft, it will be interesting to see if anyone from this group of prospects grabs their attention near the top of the draft.