2013 NFL Mock Draft: Is Syracuse's Ryan Nassib a 1st-rounder?


SB Nation's Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician uncovered something interesting Thursday: Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is flying up NFL draft boards.

Believe it or not, for the second straight year the Syracuse Orange football program could be producing a NFL Draft prospect that's a late-riser on scouting big boards.

Just like defensive end Chandler Jones, who's now a rookie star with the New England Patriots, Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib's stock is quickly rising, and according to SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician he could find himself shaking hands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the first night of 2013 NFL Draft.

Go give this radio report by Z89's Kevin Fitzgerald a listen and get to know just how many NFL experts and other folks seem to think it's not a question of whether or not Syracuse Orange QB Ryan Nassib will be drafted, by when. And that when might just be the first round if he keeps this up

Currently, Nassib (6'3, 227) is ranked 10th nationally in passing yards (3,019), 11th in yards per game and 14th in total offense (3,114). Over the last four games, he has compiled 10 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions, and during that span SU is 3-1, including last Saturday's impressive 45-26 victory over the nationally-ranked Louisville Cardinals.

Overall, Nassib is SU's most complete pro quarterback prospect since the 1999 NFL Draft:

All we know for now is that Nassib will leave Syracuse as the school's best pro QB prospect since Donovan McNabb. He will leave as the Big East's all-time leader in completions and will be atop or near the top of just about every Syracuse passing record. And if the Orange make a bowl game, he's got a serious shot at passing for 4,000 yards and getting up over the 25 TD mark for the year.

So far, many NFL draft website feature Nassib ranked in the top 10 of quarterback prospects, and he's rising. With a strong finish to the season, plus, all of the offseason senior bowls, pro days and scouting combines its possible SU's third-year starter, who's also a 2012 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, could be a first-round pick.

If you're a fan of a NFL team that needs a quarterback -- (cough, cough) Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders -- you might want to start checking out Nassib, who could be on your team's roster next April.

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