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“Nassib is elite prospect”-NFL Draft expert

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 6, 2013 – 8:30 pm

He may not be at the top of every draft board, but Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is the number one ranked prospect on at least one of them.

Russ Lande, Director of Scouting for the National Football Post, has Nassib ranked as his top prospect this year. Lande came out with his Top 200 Draft Prospects this week.

“Within one half of the first game I graded him, it was clear to me that he was an elite prospect,” Lande said Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show.

“As I finished grading out five games,” he said, “I think when you look at him you see a kid that’s very athletic. He’s got a live arm. He has the best mechanics of any of the quarterbacks in this draft in terms of his footwork. He has a quick release, it’s quick and compact; the ball comes out with a burst. Very accurate thrower, he can make all the NFL throws.”

Lande is a former scout for the Rams and the Browns. He’s been watching the draft closely for years, and he says he’s only picked up one significant flaw when it comes to Ryan Nassib.

” I think the only issue that I had with him, in terms of repeated error, is that he needs a lot of work on his deep ball accuracy. He tends to hang the ball up there. It forces the receiver to stop and it allows the defender to close on the ball. Other than that, there was no error that I saw over and over.”

The entire interview with Russ Lande will be available on The John Murphy Show podcast at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow.


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Nassib best prospect in the draft?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 6, 2013 – 5:27 pm

There’s going to be no shortage of opinions in the next three months on the prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. But one draft expert surprised many this week, with the man at the top of his list.

Former NFL Scout Russ Lande has Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib at the top of his list of 200 prospects. And tonight on The John Murphy Show, Lande will talk about why he’s got Nassib as the best prospect.

Lande is Director of Scouting for the Nationial Football Post. He’s worked in the league as a scout for the Rams and the Browns.

He posted his Top 200 NFL Draft Prospects this week on the National Football Post. And he fives SU’s Nassib his highest grade, 8.60. The next highest graded QB is Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson at 33, followed by USC’s Matt Barkley (37th), NC State’s Mike Glennon (43rd) and West Virginia’s Geno Smith (44th).

We’ll ask Lande about his ranking at 8pm tonight, and have him explain how he arrived at Nassib as the number one prospect.

Also tonight, at 720pm, we’ll be joined by new Bills Defensive Backs Coach Donnie Henderson in studio. And at 820pm, we’ll dive into football analytics with Khaled Elsayeed of Pro Football Focus. He claims the sack stat is overrated, “the most abused stat out there.”

As always, we’ll have time for phone calls from listeners.

The John Murphy Show airs tonight from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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