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Marrone: Surprised Nassib still on board

Posted by Chris Brown on April 26, 2013 – 10:51 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone clearly had a special relationship with his Syracuse players. When asked near the end of day 2 of the NFL draft if he was surprised that his college QB Ryan Nassib was still on the board as round three came to a close.

Marrone was visibly disappointed that Nassib had yet to be taken by an NFL club after the first three rounds.

“I’m extremely surprised,” said Marrone. “I think the world of Ryan. He has a strong work ethic. He’s a tough kid with a very good arm and I think he’ll be a great addition to whatever team selects him. He has the skill set to be successful. I wish him the best of luck. I think he’ll be successful in this league and I really believe a team will select him soon.”

Marrone went so far as to admit that Nassib’s fate as well as that of Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas pained him.

“You look at it and you’re coming from a team with players that you recruited,” said Marrone. “There are still some players that are on the board. You love those kids and you love what they’ve done for you. There are great qualities. Prior to taking this job I’ve talked to multiple teams in the league about those players. I’ve had nothing but great things to say about all of them.

“Shamarko Thomas is still out there. It is difficult because you care about those players. You have feelings for those players. Those players helped me get me where I am right now and we’ve been through a lot. Human nature you take a job and you do what you have to do. You do what’s best for the organization that you’re at. At the same time the human side, the feelings that you have. It’s hard, but you’re making decisions for what’s best for your organization. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that it does hurt. That’s the human side of it.”

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Syracuse pro day today

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2013 – 10:45 am


Syracuse will conduct their pro day today for their draft prospects. Obviously QB Ryan Nassib will be the headliner, but there are a few other draft worthy prospects working out in the Salt City today.

Nassib along with OT Justin Pugh, WR Alec Lemon and S Shamarko Thomas are all expected to participate to some degree along with the other graduating players for the Orange.

Nassib will likely be looking to improve on his 40 time at the Combine, which was a pedestrian 5.06, the second slowest among QBs that ran in Indy. He’s also likely to want to improve his broad jump, which in Indy was 8’9″. He didn’t bench at the Combine (most QBs do not) and probably won’t today.

For Pugh he may also want to improve on some numbers he put up at the Combine. He did not bench at the Combine so barring an injury he’s expected to bench at today’s pro day.

Lemon needs to improve on his Combine numbers today after a 40 time of 4.59 and just seven reps on the bench.

The only Combine participant from Syracuse that’s likely to stick with most of his numbers is S Shamarko Thomas, who had a great workout in Indy. He ran a 4.42 40 time, which was the fastest among the safety group. He had the best vertical among the safeties at 40.5 inches, the most reps on the bench by far with an impressive 28 and had the second-longest broad jump at 11’2″.

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