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Ryan Nassib is Jon Gruden’s pick for top 2013 QB prospect

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On a media conference call Monday, ESPN analyst Jon Gruden indicated he personally preferred former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib to any other quarterback in the Class of 2013.

“I like his upside,” said Gruden, who formerly coached the Raiders and Buccaneers.

Earlier in the call, Gruden termed Nassib “a sleeper in this draft.”

Gruden has come away impressed with Nassib’s ability to learn quickly. He noted that Nassib had “a lot of freedom” at Syracuse to switch plays and read the field.

“He’s functioned in a couple of different offenses,” Gruden said. “What they did this year at Syracuse, changing their offense two weeks before the regular season, says a lot about this kid’s ability to adapt.”

Gruden said that Nassib’s size, arm strength and athleticism are assets. He called Nassib “a nuisance runner” and believes Nassib could run the read-option on the NFL level.

Gruden also liked what he saw from Nassib in late-game situations with the Orangemen.

“There were times that Nassib had to make something to happen for Syracuse to win, and I thought he did that. I thought he proved he could do it at the next level,” Gruden said.

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42 Responses to “Ryan Nassib is Jon Gruden’s pick for top 2013 QB prospect”
  1. explosionsauce says: Apr 15, 2013 2:11 PM

    Stop the press, Jon Gruden likes a football player!

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    Gruden compared him to two successful current quarterbacks. “Kid has a Drew Brees type body, but his head is the size of Peyton Manning’s….”.

  3. sanfranfanyouknowit says: Apr 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    Way to tell everyone how good the sleeper in the draft is. Doesn’t that take away him being a sleeper.

  4. justintuckrule says: Apr 15, 2013 2:15 PM

    Gangnam style, Harlem shake and Read-Option. Three things that will be LONNNGGGGG forgotten by October.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 15, 2013 2:15 PM

    O.K., who’s laughing at Russ Lande now? Actually everyone, probably, because he’s still a nut case.

  6. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    I’d like to see the Raiders take a shot if he slips into the second. But, he probably won’t.

  7. gregm5s7 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    I don’t really have much to add here besides I’m super excited for the draft- 10 days!

  8. jayovalentine says: Apr 15, 2013 2:17 PM

    I really don’t understand all the talking heads opinion of a “weak” draft class this year. Its the draft… either you can play football or you can’t.

  9. joetorious says: Apr 15, 2013 2:24 PM

    Not that you’re insinuating you agree, but why do so many (or perhaps more accurately, why does Jon Gruden) think Jon Gruden is qualified to assess QBs?

    Has he ever had a QB of note on his QB-heavy rosters? (Rich Gannon? Not sure if he was in OAK when Gruden was there, and not sure if had any moderate success outside of this one-hit wonder year, anyway.)

  10. raidingtexas says: Apr 15, 2013 2:25 PM

    nomoreseasontix says: Apr 15, 2013 2:16 PM

    I’d like to see the Raiders take a shot if he slips into the second. But, he probably won’t.


    It might also help if the Raiders had a second round pick.

  11. jcjaguar says: Apr 15, 2013 2:29 PM

    He might be a too much of reach at No. 2 overall, but if he was available at No. 33, I would love for the Jags to take him.

  12. dgreenfi says: Apr 15, 2013 2:33 PM

    Yeah… and Dane Sanzenbacher is his favorite WR. There is a reason Jon Gruden isn’t a GM.

  13. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 2:37 PM

    Gangnam style, Harlem shake and Read-Option. Three things that will be LONNNGGGGG forgotten by October.

    The Harlem Shake was actually popular a long time ago. It just made a come back.

    The read option will go away when defenses learn to stop it. Hitting the QB every play is the smart thing to do because head coaches will think twice about leaving the QB out to dry.

  14. musicman495 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:38 PM

    “I like his upside.” Brilliant.

  15. raiderufan says: Apr 15, 2013 2:38 PM


    So what you’re saying is you have no working knowledge of Grudens career or the QB’s he’s coached but you feel you know enough to assess his ability to coach?

    And yes, Gruden and Gannon worked together and Gannon had the best years of his career by far….so did retread Johnson when Gruden got ahold of him….and I’ve posted in the past the complete lack of QB’s he was given to develop…but keep posting uninformed “someone said once” garbage. It’s really fun.

  16. Stiller43 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:40 PM

    When did gruden ever develop a young qb well?

  17. biggame28 says: Apr 15, 2013 2:42 PM

    buffalo you’re on the clock

  18. ampats says: Apr 15, 2013 2:44 PM

    The Patriots will be open for business at pick #29 for QB needy teams looking to trade back into Round #1

  19. notsosmartski says: Apr 15, 2013 2:45 PM

    Did you hear that Tampa Bay Bucs coaches and GM and the Buc’s owner? Time to wake up and rid yourself of your so-called GM and your QB who never should have been in the first place.

  20. toybkshr says: Apr 15, 2013 2:47 PM

    Gruden’s not alone, Pro Football Focus, and Pro Football Weekly also have Nassib rated above the other’s. Not sure “Sleeper” still applies.

  21. zn0rseman says: Apr 15, 2013 2:49 PM

    Ryan Nassib and James Vandenberg were my favorite two QB candidates in this draft.

    Looks like I can’t call Nassib a sleeper anymore…

  22. beelicker says: Apr 15, 2013 2:55 PM

    >>> I’d like to see the Raiders take a shot if he slips into the second. But, he probably won’t.


    It might also help if the Raiders had a second round pick. <<<

    Bengals take that shot instead with Oakland's pick?

  23. buddysguys says: Apr 15, 2013 2:57 PM

    @raiderufan & @joetorious

    ok lets go to the point of drafting QBs which he has been terrible at….Shaun King is actually his real only high rd draft pick…that was a good one.

    he can give me all the info he wants on who he likes but the truth of it is he has only helped Qbs that already were in the league and had moderate success.

    He has never groomed a rookie QB into a top QB or even decent QB.

  24. followme2boston says: Apr 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    Buffalo at 8 might not be out of the realm of possibility for this kid. That was crazy to say a month ago, but not necessarily so now.

  25. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    Why people listen to Gruden is beyond me, other than he has a good TV personality. If I want to hear a QB breakdown, I’ll listen to Jaws. Here’s a quiz: Which of these young QB’s developed by Gruden when he was a coach turned out the best?

    Dave Barr
    Bobby Hoying
    Koy Detmer
    Chris Simms
    Bruce Gradkowski
    Josh Johnson

    The guy won a SB with Dungy’s excellent roster, Kiffen’s D, and knowledge of Gannons tendencies(he does deserve a lot of credit for Gannon). He’s rode it to the bank ever since. Think I know why he doesn’t want to return to coaching.

  26. raiderufan says: Apr 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    You’re right. He has not developed a rookie that was given to him from the beginning of the players career that worked out….Marques Tuiasosopo was the closest and by all accounts was going to be the heir apparent to Rich but once Al traded him and put his offense in Tui didn’t fit in and fell out of the league.

    Outside of that he’s been given Brian Greise and Johnson while in Tampa plus Josh Johnson and Bruce Gradkowski in the 5th and 6th rounds of those drafts. The Bucs drafted Freeman the year after he was fired and Shaun King was in Tampa for 3 years before Gruden showed up.

    And let’s not forget that Al’s Raiders were always in win now mode no matter how much sense it made and the Bucs clearly intended to win right away so developing QB’s was gonna be on the back burner anyway.

    I just don’t get how you can blame a coach for his QB track record when he was never drafted the player to do it in drafts he didn’t run.

  27. raiderufan says: Apr 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    And Chris Simms was a 3rd rounder on his way until his spleen burst.

  28. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    And then he ran TBay into the ground.

  29. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 3:14 PM

    What was the MNF game Gruden was going nuts about late in the year? It was like Cadinals Jets or something.

  30. officialgame says: Apr 15, 2013 3:15 PM

    Bottom line this is a weak class of QB’s and everyone of them has major question marks.

  31. melkipershero says: Apr 15, 2013 3:16 PM

    The Bengals have a guy named Andy Dalton.

  32. thesmartestmanever says: Apr 15, 2013 3:16 PM

    almost every QB that played for him, have nothing nice to say about him. Rich Gannon, Brad Johnson, Chris Simms. I wouldn’t want this guy coaching my team.

  33. slippery1 says: Apr 15, 2013 3:25 PM

    Trying to figure out why Gruden thinks he’s a quarterback expert. He’s never developed one in his life.

  34. phinfan says: Apr 15, 2013 3:27 PM

    That just shored up the bills to nab him.

  35. spinmovr says: Apr 15, 2013 3:39 PM

    Gruden gets credit for resurrecting Gannon’s career because Rich was smart but mediocre up until is OAK years. That’s pretty much it. Throwing in the “young” adjective in front of a QB is just habit on football blogs. Nobody does that in real life.

    Name a guy who was crappy in college and developed into an all league stud (as in any team would want him and he would be good). The best QBs have to have tools to work with and his NFL situation has to be perfect to get the most. Rodgers, Brees, Big Ben, Rivers or anybody else could’ve seen their careers derailed early on through no fault of their own.

  36. hawkmojo says: Apr 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    Let us remember that Gruden called it for Wilson.
    He knows what he is doing.
    If he says this guy is a good one then this guy is a good one.

  37. ijahru says: Apr 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    There is a reason why Gruden is in the MNF booth and not coaching anywhere

  38. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 4:04 PM

    spinmovr says:Apr 15, 2013 3:39 PM

    Name a guy who was crappy in college and developed into an all league stud (as in any team would want him and he would be good)


    TBrady(not crap in college but not a full time starter, 6th rnd pick)
    KWarner undrafted grocery bagger
    TRomo UFA
    JGarcia UFA 4x Pro Bowler
    MHasselbeck 6th rnd
    TGreen 8th rnd
    E Gbac 8th(they don’t even draft 8 rnds anymore
    RGannon 4th rnd(as a safety)

    Startin’ to get tired

  39. hotrod37 says: Apr 15, 2013 4:41 PM

    HA! What and idiot. This is the same guy that thought Russel Wilson would be a stud in this league, and look how that turned out…uh, wait a minute.

  40. raideralex says: Apr 15, 2013 7:40 PM

    Donald Hollas, Chris Simms, Brian Griese, Brad Johnson, Gannon, 41-year old Jeff Garcia…

    guys who had career years and/or won playoff games under Gruden. That’s some SERIOUS turning chicken poop into chicken salad stuff right there.

  41. tedmurph says: Apr 15, 2013 11:39 PM

    Who?!? Gruden had a 5-4 record in NFL playoff games, 3-0 during the SB run, which had little to do with BJohnson. BGriese’s best yrs were with Denver, Garcia’s best were with SF. Barely heard of the rest of thse guys. I love blogs, you can post anything you want. Facts are not required. Nice try. Actually, not really.

  42. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 16, 2013 6:38 PM

    I noticed this QB recently made a huge leap up the NFL prospct rankings. An endorsement from Gruden will do that I suppose.

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