Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Russ Lande Names Ryan Nassib Top NFL Draft Prospect


Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad quarterback Ryan Nassib of Syracuse (12) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Russ Lande hearts Ryan Nassib.

The former NFL scout for both the Rams and the Browns has released his list of his top 200 NFL Draft prospects, and the top of the list may surprise you. Lande listed Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib as the number one prospect in the draft class. The list gives no rhyme or reason as to why the players are ranked where they are, but are updated rankings following all of the senior all-star games.

Nassib was number one on the list despite struggling in the senior bowl. Nassib threw an interception, and also had a fumble in his few series of play in the North-South game. Regardless, Lande is high on Nassib, giving him a grade of 8.6 (whatever that means). Only Bjoern Werner from Florida State shares that same ranking. Here is Lande’s top ten prospects:

. NAME POS SCHOOL HT WT SPD GRADE
. RYAN NASSIB QB SYRACUSE 6020 228 5.05 I 8.60
. BJOERN WERNER* DE FLORIDA STATE 6050 255 4.60 D 8.60
. STAR LOTULELEI DT UTAH 6030 320 5.05 I 8.40
. LUKE JOECKEL* OT TEXAS A&M 6060 310 5.20 I 8.40
. CHANCE WARMACK OG ALABAMA 6023 325 5.35 I 8.40
. KEENAN ALLEN* WR CALIFORNIA 6030 210 4.40 I 8.30
. KENNY VACCARO SAF TEXAS 6004 210 4.50 I 8.30
. SHELDON RICHARDSON DT MISSOURI 6027 290 4.95 I 8.20
. DION JORDAN DE / OLB OREGON 6061 239 4.65 I 8.20
. DEE MILLINER* CB ALABAMA 6010 199 4.50 I 8.20

The only other Syracuse player on the list is Justin Pugh at number 61 with a 7.40 grade. No love for Alec Lemon.

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