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Some QB metrics that favor Manuel, Nassib

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2013 – 5:08 pm

As different metrics begin to take on more significance in NFL front offices here are a couple of statistics on the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft that speak favorably of Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel.’s Alex Marvez interviewed John Pollard, who heads the Sports Solution Group that provides data for STATS LLC. Pollard said two key criteria NFL teams use for scouting quarterbacks are “breadth and depth.” As Marvez explains it how varied and deep were the throws attempted during a quarterback’s college career.

For this metric, Manuel and Nassib earn higher marks than three other top prospects in West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley and North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon.

Manuel and Nassib according to Pollard have accuracy and “diversity of throws” last season that favorably compare to the final college seasons of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.“They move the ball all around the field,” Pollard said.

Both Manuel and Nassib were also among the best in the quarterback class in completion percentage on deep throws. Manuel completed 47.1 percent on 85 throws. Nassib had a 43.6 completion percentage on 94 attempts.

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