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John Mara: Giants were “shocked” Ryan Nassib lasted to Day 3

New York Giants President John Mara speaks to the media after recieving his newly designed ring commemorating their Super Bowl victory earlier this year  arrived at Tiffany & Co.'s flagship store in New York Reuters

Giants owner John Mara says his team’s surprising decision to draft quarterback Ryan Nassib came as a surprise to everyone within the team’s draft room, too — because none of them thought Nassib would still be on the board in the fourth round.

Mara said on NFL AM that Nassib was higher rated than everyone else available by such a large margin that G.M. Jerry Reese simply had to go get him.

“We came into the third day of the draft, and he’s sitting on top of our board — by far and away the best player we had left,” Mara said. “I talked to Jerry and Tom Coughlin about it and we agreed that you have to respect your board. Your scouts and your personnel people put so much time putting that together. If you just continue to take the highest player on your board, in the long run you’re going to be better off as an organization.”

As long as Eli Manning is around, Nassib won’t see the field. And the Giants hope Manning is around for many years to come. But Mara said the Giants have to be realistic about the possibility that they could need a good backup to Manning at some point.

“It’s been a while since we’ve drafted a quarterback,” Mara said. “We’ve been very, very fortunate that Eli has been healthy for so long, has not missed a snap in I don’t know how long, but you have to get ready to groom somebody just in case. The guy was a quality player in college. We think he has what it takes to be a quality player in the NFL. To me, it was an obvious choice for us. He was so high on our board that we expected him to be gone on the first or second day, and we were shocked that he was still there on the third day.”

With mock drafts having Nassib going as high as No. 8 overall, it certainly was a shock that he lasted to No. 110. And a shock that the Giants were the team that finally broke his fall.

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68 Responses to “John Mara: Giants were “shocked” Ryan Nassib lasted to Day 3”
  1. nebster21 says: May 7, 2013 10:09 AM

    Mara told other teams if they took him they would be penalized half of their cap space.

  2. lgbarn says: May 7, 2013 10:16 AM

    nebster21 says:
    May 7, 2013 10:09 AM
    Mara told other teams if they took him they would be penalized half of their cap space.

    ————————————————

    Jerruh and Danny Boy are why there should always be a salary cap and revenue sharing in the NFL. Take a look at baseball as an example of a unbalanced and failed league.

  3. djax10isthebomb says: May 7, 2013 10:18 AM

    I hope Nassib starts some games this season for the Giants.

  4. justintuckrule says: May 7, 2013 10:19 AM

    Hey redtails fans – lets stop
    The charade now. He’s yours for your next two firsts whenever you have firsts again

  5. jdvalk says: May 7, 2013 10:23 AM

    Ding

  6. bkostela says: May 7, 2013 10:24 AM

    nebster21 says:
    May 7, 2013 10:09 AM
    Mara told other teams if they took him they would be penalized half of their cap space.
    __________________________

    …then jerry jones and dan snyder disregarded the rookie wage scale and accelerated all of their players bonuses into one year

  7. ozymandias121 says: May 7, 2013 10:24 AM

    Let’s keep hyping up a guy who will never see the field in 6 years!! Absolutely genius!!!!

  8. gadzod says: May 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    The rest of the league isn’t. It says a lot for your head coach to make a deal to trade down to acquire more draft picks and going after a QB with that new pick NOT being Nassib. Marrone had 4 years with Nassib and didn’t choose him when he could have. To me, that speaks volumes.

  9. rappysappy says: May 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    “by far and away”…come on Mara, it’s either “by far” or “far and away”, not both. Way to blow a 4th on an average QB who will never see the field.

  10. yaplepalooza says: May 7, 2013 10:26 AM

    In time, this may have ended up the biggest steal of the draft.

  11. eaglesw00t says: May 7, 2013 10:27 AM

    He was there for the same reason Matt Barkley was still there at the top of the 4th round.

    They arent that good.

    How many starting NFL QBs were picked after the third round? The only two I can think of are Brady and Romo. The majority of quality starting QBs in the NFL (and even not so quality for that matter) were picked in the first round.

    Im not necessarily saying that a good QB HAS to be picked in the first round, but most of the good ones are. If a QB is there in round 4+, its a good bet he will be a career backup at best.

  12. umainebearman says: May 7, 2013 10:31 AM

    So shocked that he also penalized his own team 5 million for passing on him in the first 2 rounds and 2 million for actually picking him at all.

  13. cooklynn17 says: May 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    As Giants fans, we love it when people bring up the cap penalty stuff, makes us smile!!!

    And don’t worry we will be the ones that keep that story alive by bringing it up every now and then just to tweak the Washington and Dallas fans.

    That’s the thing you guys don’t get. We love hearing about it because we know it bothers you. So basically your doing our work for us. Who knew labor could be so cheap???

    Go Big Blue, and Orange (Cuse)!!!

  14. fantom21 says: May 7, 2013 11:01 AM

    Then he proceeded to eat his meal with the silver spoon he was handed at birth.

  15. logicailvoicesays says: May 7, 2013 11:12 AM

    A low class second rate franchise that can’t even dream of competing with the Redskins has a dishonest cheating owner who wants to talk about why they drafted a backup QB who would be lucky to be #5 on the depth chart if he played for the Redskins. That’s why the Redskins dominate the NFL and the Giants are a joke. HTTR.

  16. ahsinnyc says: May 7, 2013 11:23 AM

    As Giants fans, we love it when people bring up the cap penalty stuff, makes us smile!!!

    And don’t worry we will be the ones that keep that story alive by bringing it up every now and then just to tweak the Washington and Dallas fans.

    That’s the thing you guys don’t get. We love hearing about it because we know it bothers you. So basically your doing our work for us. Who knew labor could be so cheap???

    Go Big Blue, and Orange (Cuse)!!!

    —————————————————-
    What the Giants (and their fans) should worry about is the fact that the Skins DID win the division last year, even with the cap penalty. And that it was Dallas playing in the week 17 game to get into the playoffs.

  17. cfbfan2013 says: May 7, 2013 11:32 AM

    I’m not a Giants fan but you guys are sure hating on a GM’s pick who has proven to be very good. They have 2 Super Bowls, a franchise QB, a great pass rush, and just need to stay healthy and improve at LB and they will be an elite team in the NFL. All this hating on a GM who has more than 95% of the other GMs in the NFL on his resume isn’t a smart move. Not saying this will be a lock to pan out for them but with Jerry Reese’s track record you can’t laugh at anything he does until most of it doesn’t pan out.

  18. romosmicrodongs says: May 7, 2013 11:32 AM

    highest form of flattery is imitation, but nassib is no kirk cousins

  19. sportsnut101 says: May 7, 2013 11:47 AM

    rest of the league was surprised u traded up for him he lasted that long for a reason he wasnt that good he didnt look good throwing the ball even in good highlight packages that espn has to show of them lol

    giants draft a qb that they dont intend to play to get what a trade in the future
    how many backup qb have u seen drafted then traded for a higher pick list has to be very short

    bad move by giants there was still talent left on board

  20. mazblast says: May 7, 2013 11:48 AM

    Silver Spoon Mara, the real commissioner has spoken. So let it be written, so let it be done.

  21. kerryc21realty says: May 7, 2013 11:49 AM

    Mara tried so hard to bring down the skins when he cried and screamed and demanded the skins lose $36 million cap money… It didn’t work Mara, skins won the division anyway and your team is on the decline. HTTR

  22. heyguru1969 says: May 7, 2013 11:49 AM

    Mara can sound like this was a no-brainer for anyone who knows football talent, but there are 31 other teams cackling, “Can you believe the Giants took him at 110?”

  23. jjm7000 says: May 7, 2013 11:49 AM

    Kid goes off in a couple preseason games or in clean up duty atthe end of the season, we’ll be getting a lot more than a fourth rounder back for him from some other desperate team. He may never play, but he’ll still have value in the long run if we can make a Kolb-type deal with some other team

  24. nesportsfan0428 says: May 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    Reminds me of when the Patriots drafted Ryan Mallett, which the reason being the same: He fell to round 3 and they couldn’t pass it up.

    They’ll probably be able to trade him for picks from a QB hungry team in a few years. I mean, look at what Philadephia was able to get for Kolb? or the career of Matt Flynn?

  25. orakpownd says: May 7, 2013 11:57 AM

    Watched the tape…Cousins eats this guy for breakfast.

  26. officialgame says: May 7, 2013 11:58 AM

    I liked Nassib in college not so sure how it will translate in the Pros. Value pick in the 4th round for the Giants even if he is never more then a backup.

    On another note it is hard to comprehend why Skin fans post in the classless manner they have? Not a single playoff win in over 20 years, they do a couple of things right and act like spoiled children? I hope they realize that RG3 is one hit away from being called IV3.

  27. fissels says: May 7, 2013 12:04 PM

    I like how the Steelers and Giants draft. Nothing fancy, they just draft solid , quality players year after year

  28. metalhead65 says: May 7, 2013 12:05 PM

    you have to love all the “experts” saying how lucky the giants are that he was still on the board when they picked. so with other glaring needs they pick a guy who most likely will never see the field simply because he was the best player available. meanwhile the the bears continue to get crucified for daring to pick for need.these same experts contend they could have gotten long latter because they did not have him ranked that high. first of how do they know if he would still be there later or at the bears pick in round 2? secondly they had the need and the best player at that position was there so you take him. I will take a guy who will be of some use for over a luxury pick every time.

  29. pdidit09 says: May 7, 2013 12:07 PM

    I am definitely not a fan of the Giants nor a fan of the Redskins. I am a DALLAS COWBOYS FAN! I am not a hater of your team, just a lover of mine.

  30. kerryc21realty says: May 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    John Mara needs to pull his head out of the commissioners rear end. His team is on the decline and by the way, Kirk Cousins was the much better pick in the 4th round. giants might be 6 and 10 this year

  31. dynasonic says: May 7, 2013 12:20 PM

    Nassib should think about firing his agent for slipping so low in the draft.

  32. mullman76 says: May 7, 2013 12:33 PM

    Mara, Kraft and Rooney run this league.

    Goodell is their puppet.

    It is transparent.

  33. baddegg says: May 7, 2013 12:36 PM

    Funny how everyone said the Redskins were crazy for drafting a QB in the fourth round when they already had one…and meanwhile the Giants are “brilliant” for taking BPA in the third when they have a proven signal caller.

    Just proves yall are a bunch of haters. LOL

  34. zephyrhelmet says: May 7, 2013 12:44 PM

    It’s a good investemnt if the Giants can “Cassel”-ize it.

  35. nypd1056 says: May 7, 2013 12:48 PM

    THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS, 4 Time Superbowl Champions and the only team in NFL history with a Superbowl in four consecutive decades. 86, 90, 08 & 11. DREAM ON.

  36. alphaq2 says: May 7, 2013 12:57 PM

    Most “experts” thought Geno Smith would be a top 10 pick, and he didn’t go until day two. Why Mara is surprised Nassib was there on day three when his own college coach passed him by is just funny.

  37. thegronk87 says: May 7, 2013 1:00 PM

    Unfortunately for the giants their last 3 super bowl runs, while resulting in a lombardi, are not from great legendary seasons. Thir 9-7 super bowl year records don’t match up with the great steeler teams of the 70, niners of the 80s, etc.

  38. nfceastfan says: May 7, 2013 1:01 PM

    Funny how everyone said the Redskins were crazy for drafting a QB in the fourth round when they already had one…and meanwhile the Giants are “brilliant” for taking BPA in the third when they have a proven signal caller.

    Just proves yall are a bunch of haters. LOL
    ———————————————————-

    No Comparison. With all the needs Washington had selecting 2 quarterbacks in the same draft is a little head scratching.

  39. isphet71 says: May 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    Really smart move by the Giants. In the long run, probably good for Nassib, too. He gets a few years to just practice through his rookie contract and learn behind Eli without a lot of pressure.

    The Giants get a guy that can be pretty good if Eli goes down, and maybe more importantly if he plays well in an occasional game, they can trade him in 2-3 years for a significant return on their 4th round investment.

  40. justintuckrule says: May 7, 2013 1:15 PM

    Unfortunately for the giants their last 3 super bowl runs, while resulting in a lombardi, are not from great legendary seasons. Thir 9-7 super bowl year records don’t match up with the great steeler teams of the 70, niners of the 80s, etc.
    ——–
    @gronk – What are you talking about. The 07′ lombardi came from a great, legendary season……YOURS!

  41. justintuckrule says: May 7, 2013 1:19 PM

    If scrubs like Kolb, who apprenticed under the venerable Michael Vick, can fetch a 2 and a 5, someone like Nassib who will apprentice under the great, clutch 2x SB MVP should be able to fetch at least a no. 1 and likely a 1 and a 3. After Griffin retires next year with Earl Campbell knees and Cousins is exposed as a dud who benefited from defenses gearing up all week for read option, we’ll bend little Danny Boy over for much more than cap space and violate him for his next two 1st rders whenever the Redtails finally start having 1st rders again.

  42. thegronk87 says: May 7, 2013 1:29 PM

    @tuck, no offense but the last 2 giant super bowl wins had more to do with the opponent they beat than the giants themselves. Yes, a lombardi is better than not winning a lombardi, but out of all the teams that have 3 or more super bowls the giants are the least spectacular. The 86′ team was the greatest of those, but the 07′ and 11′ teams were not among the best in nfl history.

  43. mogogo1 says: May 7, 2013 1:38 PM

    What are they going to say? That they felt like it was probably worth taking a flyer on him in the 4th round since that’s about where they thought his talents dictated?

    Saying they had him miles ahead of all the other QBs just says that nobody else agreed with them. Make no mistake: He didn’t go in the 4th round because everybody had him projected as a 1st or 2nd rounder.

  44. peytonsneckl8 says: May 7, 2013 2:00 PM

    What a loser organization. HTTR!

  45. gmen5280 says: May 7, 2013 2:04 PM

    logicailvoicesays
    A low class second rate franchise that can’t even dream of competing with the Redskins has a dishonest cheating owner who wants to talk about why they drafted a backup QB who would be lucky to be #5 on the depth chart if he played for the Redskins. That’s why the Redskins dominate the NFL and the Giants are a joke. HTTR.

    ————————

    I love it when a Redskins fan thumps their chest about being 1st in the NFC East 2012. If you want to be honest with your team, the only win that counts is in the last game of the year. Isn’t that the goal at the beginning of every season? It has been over 2 decades since the Redskins were in a Super Bowl. When you have won that game come back and thump your chest, it would be well deserved. On a side note, were you even alive when your team beat the Bills in 92?

  46. brooklynnsfinest says: May 7, 2013 2:09 PM

    I signed up just to let “logicailvoicesays” that he/she is absolutely delusional. I am giants fan but more importantly I’m A fan of the sport of football. Your knowledge of the game rivals that of my 6 yr old son. He may infact know more than you judging by the way you talk. But at the end of the day I salute fans like you and more importantly your owner Mr Snyder. U2 were made for each other. You both obviously have the same football IQ. A BIG FAT ZERO. Which coincidentally is how many lombardi trophies you seen since 1987…..lol. Some dominanace. WE have now entered the TWILIGHT ZONE! Mark Rypien is ur last superbowl quaterback….WHOA!!! THE DEADSKINS ARE THE UNDISPUTED PAPERBACK CHAMPS OF THE NFL. I will admit yall always look great on paper but on sundays………WE ALL KNOW HOW THE REST OF THE STORY GOES. BTW ur coach, Mr Shannahan, is a bonafide idiot for keeping RG3 in that game. Good luck in the season tho. You will definitely need it!!!

  47. johnnyballsack says: May 7, 2013 2:15 PM

    logicailvoicesays says:
    May 7, 2013 11:12 AM
    A low class second rate franchise that can’t even dream of competing with the Redskins has a dishonest cheating owner who wants to talk about why they drafted a backup QB who would be lucky to be #5 on the depth chart if he played for the Redskins. That’s why the Redskins dominate the NFL and the Giants are a joke. HTTR.
    ——————————————-
    You are a clown, and do not deserve a response, but I will anyway. ..
    Are you serious? The Redjokes won one division title with a last place schedule. They will be lucky to win 7 games this coming season. I love how all the DC pukes are talking about world domination with one playoff appearance and a banged up over rated QB. Win a Super Bowl in the next twenty years and then talk about domination. Just one, I guarantee it will not happen in the next 20 years.

  48. ss376 says: May 7, 2013 2:36 PM

    He is definitely a guy who could look really good if you give him the keys to the Ferrari for a few games. The Patriots offense sure did make Cassel look a LOT better than he actually was.

    People also forget how quickly things can change in the NFL. If the Giants go 8-8 or something over the next couple seasons and Eli has a couple mediocre seasons (I know illogical would love this), it might be nice to have a 2nd option at QB.

  49. jbaxt says: May 7, 2013 2:43 PM

    I get it, you want to make him feel good, but if it was such a stretch that he was still there in the 4th round, why didn’t you take him with your 2nd pick, or 3rd?

  50. seattlecoug says: May 7, 2013 3:09 PM

    Nassib is already better than that always injured, no playoff game winning hack in a Redtails uni. booby griffin sucks

  51. spedman24 says: May 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    This guy was passed up by his college coach will blow in no fun league

  52. spedman24 says: May 7, 2013 3:12 PM

    Btw the giants got lucky w/that second SB (in the past 7 years). They are a joke. Their owner is in goodells back pocket or vice versa. What Mara did to Dallas & Wash is a travesty.

  53. onthewarpath28 says: May 7, 2013 3:12 PM

    To: Mr. Mara
    From: Nassib’s former coach, Doug Marrone

    John, please come by my office and I’ll explain it to you and why I picked a QB other than the one I coached at Syracuse for 4 years.

  54. cowboyhater says: May 7, 2013 3:27 PM

    For the Giants fans that can’t comprehend as to why skins fans come on here and trash the G-men, you may want to go to some of the skins articles that get posted on this site, and you will soon find out why the comments get posted here. Also, the years you have been successful, gmen fans have shown the propensity to gloat and show their a** on this site. Like I have said over and over, if you continue to bash skins fans on articles that are written about them on this site, it’s just adding fuel to the fire. Also by the way, your fans are total a**es when you go into the FedEx, so deal with the comments.

  55. borg30 says: May 7, 2013 3:39 PM

    @spedman wah!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No, the real travesty here is you still crying about the cap hit. Both teams got caught..

  56. spedman24 says: May 7, 2013 3:52 PM

    @borg30…your owner is BFF w/Goodell, it’s a joke.

  57. thirdistheworrd says: May 7, 2013 4:04 PM

    John Mara was shocked? Well Tiki Barber was flabbergasted. One-upped again.

  58. @Cereal_22 says: May 7, 2013 4:09 PM

    Nassib was a very nice pick up, he worked with a top notch NFL OC now HC for 4 years & has a ton of playing experience. I think he’s got starter potential. Sure his old coach (or was it the very old GM?) passed over him a couple of times but the kid is much more polished than Manuel

  59. baddegg says: May 7, 2013 4:10 PM

    nfceastfan says: May 7, 2013 1:01 PM

    Funny how everyone said the Redskins were crazy for drafting a QB in the fourth round when they already had one…and meanwhile the Giants are “brilliant” for taking BPA in the third when they have a proven signal caller.

    Just proves yall are a bunch of haters. LOL
    ———————————————————-

    No Comparison. With all the needs Washington had selecting 2 quarterbacks in the same draft is a little head scratching.

    —————————————-

    You are incorrect. Cousins played a key role in winning both the Baltimore game and the Cleveland game. Without both wins the Redskins do not go to the playoffs. Grossman was the alternative and it is NOT a lock that he wins either game. Cousins basically secured Redskins trip to playoffs.

    I don’t know how much more “critical” you can get than that.

  60. baddegg says: May 7, 2013 4:11 PM

    thirdistheworrd says: May 7, 2013 4:04 PM

    John Mara was shocked? Well Tiki Barber was flabbergasted. One-upped again.

    ——————-

    Shortly thereafter, Drew Brees demanded an explanation.

  61. spedman24 says: May 7, 2013 4:47 PM

    Giants fans are lucky, their owner has ole Roger in their back pocket. Mara was very much involved in the Cowboy/Skins salary cap penalty. Which is pretty funny, the guy is 1 of 32 other owners, yet he, Kraft & Roony seem to have much more input. Don’t be surprised if next year the salary cup number shoots through the sky so the giants could afford Cruz & Nicks. It’s disgraceful and until Roger boy is gone the GMEN will be running the league, creating penalties for other teams. Mara is the most class-less owner in all of sports and please, does anyone know anything about Tish??? That guy is the absolute scum of the earth. Do your homework folks!

  62. bosspower says: May 7, 2013 5:02 PM

    Listen the Giants were 9-7 last yr and should’ve easily been 12-4 if the idiot kicker makes the Kick against Philly, Washington, and Pittsburgh. I can’t wait to beat up Washington. I got Dec 1st circled on the calendar as I’m personally going to that garbage stadium in Maryland with the current Iron Man Jersey on ready to smack some skins fans if they get Rowdy. Shanahan still living off John Elway, he gon get IRG3 hurt again. This ain’t 98 Shanahan, u better learn that real quick.

  63. justintuckrule says: May 7, 2013 5:03 PM

    Skins’ fans bore me.

  64. musicman495 says: May 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    Imagine how shocked Johnny Boy will be when he finishes 3rd in the NFC East to the two teams he tried to gut with cap penalties.

  65. borg30 says: May 7, 2013 5:29 PM

    @spedman. Wah!!!! Still crying about the cap. Now go to bed. You and illogical will feel better tomorrow. You can always dream about a Super Bowl.

  66. thirdistheworrd says: May 7, 2013 8:43 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    May 7, 2013 5:03 PM
    Skins’ fans bore me.
    _______
    For an organization you have so much contempt for, you certainly spend a lot of time on their articles.

    “Justintuckrule says: (re ‘Redskins Mt. Rushmore’
    May 7, 2013 8:21 PM
    Patrick Ramsey, Michael Westbrook, Andre Johnson, Desmond Howard

    What a bunk organization. Please move onto the Giants and Cowboys…i.e. the big boys of the division. thanks.”

    For the record Redskins- 31 Hall of Famers, NYG- 28 Hall of Famers

  67. revskip says: May 8, 2013 3:38 AM

    Every time a Cowboys fan or Redskins fan cries about their cap penalty an angel gets their wings. Lots of angels flying around lately.

  68. spedman24 says: May 8, 2013 10:36 PM

    @borg, no one is crying the NFL has turned into a joke w/Goodell bc of YOUR SCUM OWNER

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