Should the New York Jets Draft Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib?

Jonathan PeraltaContributor IIIMarch 12, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange drops back against the West Virginia Mountaineers  in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Current starting Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had a bright future ahead of him.

Sanchez was the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft. He was supposed to be the future of the New York Jets.

He was supposed to bring the team and its fans glory.

After guiding the team to AFC championship games in each of his first two seasons, all he did was disappoint.

Sanchez regressed the following two seasons, committing an NFL-high 52 turnovers over that stretch. It couldn’t have helped that he had no weapons and played under some horrible play-calling, but he still looked awful.

Now the Jets are stuck with him for at least one more year.

Thanks to former general manager Mike Tannenbaum for giving Sanchez a contract extension. Thanks to that extension, Sanchez is guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013. Whether he earns that money as a starter, or a backup remains to be seen; the embattled QB may not even be on the roster.

With the 2013 NFL draft right around the corner, it would make sense for the Jets to study the incoming class of QBs.

One of the draft prospects the Jets have been eyeing is Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib—some of you may be wondering who Nassib is.

Ryan Nassib is a good QB and had a decent career in Syracuse. He may still need some development but he is talented. In 2012, Nassib led the Big East in pass completions, yards and total touchdowns.

He completed 62 percent of his passes, threw for 3,753 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Nassib has good arm strength to make throws into tight windows and can make plays while on the run. He’s great with the play action and can get the ball out quickly—which may work well with Mornhinweg’s west coast offense.

Nassib is known, though, to sail footballs over the head of receivers, and his decision-making at times is questionable. He also needs to work on his accuracy on longer passes.

He is a good enough QB to lead an offense, but isn’t the type of quarterback to push the offense to the max without some help around him (sound familiar?). He may be effective under Mornhinweg’s system, but at the same time, so can Sanchez.

Nassib is definitely not worth drafting at ninth overall but he may be a good developmental project if he’s available in the later rounds.